The Russian text of the decision is available on the website of the Ministry of Communications and Information of the Russian Federation.
AIR is also in the process of converting 4 shortwave transmitters (250 kW) to DRM mode by March 2009. There are plans to introduce DRM transmissions in 42 new mediumwave, 36 existing mediumwave and 5 new shortwave transmitters. However, the cost and availability of good receivers remains the main issue in their implementation strategy for the next five years.
(Source: DRM Consortium)
Andy Sennitt comments: These two countries, with a combined population of more than 1.5 billion people, must surely provide a sufficiently large market for manufacturers to finally commit to large-scale production of DRM receivers. If this doesn’t happen, then we must conclude that DRM will never take off as a mainstream technology. It seems to me that the clock is already ticking. RNW has, for the moment, abandoned DRM transmissions as from the start of the A09 schedule on 29 March. It’s interesting that the DRM Consortium website describes the news from Russia only as “encouraging” rather than “exciting” or “significant”.
(R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)