Norkring nominated for the IBC2015 Innovation Awards

(1th of June 2015) The IBC2015 Innovation Awards shortlist reflects some of the key issues affecting everyone in broadcasting and electronic media today and Norkring is nominated in the Content Delivery category.

What makes the IBC Innovation Awards unique is that its winners are using the latest technology in real-world applications. The 10 finalists who will appear on stage in September are the end users of collaborative projects: broadcasters, media enterprises and service providers who had a defined goal, brought together the best technology partners and now benefit from the innovative thinking.

– This is exciting news for Norkring, our customers and partners! It’s an honor to be shortlisted among so many entries. Norkring have been facing a challenging rollout for DAB and we are proud that we have succeeded, says CEO of Norkring, Torbjørn Ø. Teigen.

Content Delivery
There are three categories in the IBC Innovation Awards, for the best applications of technology in content creation, content management and content delivery. When it comes to the reason why IBC has nominated Norkring for the Content Delivery award, they write: “While many nations have gone through the analogue television switch-off process, few are even close to achieving it in radio. Norway is the exception: it has now shut off its FM radio network, replacing it with a DAB+ service that reaches 99.5% of the population. The country’s broadcast transmission provider Norkring led the project on behalf of broadcasters Digitalradio Norge, NRK, P4 Radio Hele Norge and SBS Discovery. Technology came from 2WCom, Aldena, Cisco, GatesAir, Kathrein-Werke, NEC, NetCom, Net Insight, Relacom, Site Service, SmartGrid, Spinner, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting and Telmec Broadcasting.”

– Norkring is proud to have designed, integrated and established the world’s most extensive DAB+ network in a country with rough topography and climate, says CTO of Norkring Harald Loktu. It demonstrates how innovation through all parts of the value chain from industry to market can be combined to make a FM shut-off possible and how that finally can move the world of broadcast into a fully digital age, he adds.

The winners will be announced during the IBC Awards Ceremony, at 18:30 on Sunday 13 September. All IBC visitors are invited to attend the ceremony, which is held in the RAI Auditorium and is free to all.

Click here to read the press release from IBC