Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)


Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is a digital sound broadcasting system to replace existing analogue AM broadcasting in the bands below 30 MHz (long-wave, medium-wave and short wave). The technology provides near-FM sound quality and also provides data content for display on a DRM receiver.

Our Role & Activities

The work of ETSI on DMR falls into two parts: system specifications and standards to assist equipment to be placed on the market in line with European legislation (Harmonized Standards).

DRM system specifications

ETSI system specifications for DRM are developed in the ETSI/EBU/CENELEC Joint Technical Committee 'Broadcast', based on proposals from the DRM Forum.

DRM equipment specifications

ETSI is responsible for developing standards for DRM transmitters: standards for DRM receivers are available from CENELEC.

DRM Transmitters placed on the European market are required to comply with the pdfR&TTE Directive, which sets requirements on safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and correct use of the radio spectrum to avoid harmful interference.

Standards related to safety are available from CENELEC, whilst ETSI technical committee ERM is responsible for developing and maintaining the EMC standards. These include two Harmonized Standards which may be used to demonstrate compliance of terrestrial sound broadcasting transmitters (including DRM) with the R&TTE Directive:

  • EN 301 489-1 (General EMC requirements for radio equipment)
  • EN 301 489-11 (specific requirements for terrestrial sound broadcast transmitters).

ERM also creates standards related to the use of the radio frequency spectrum, and of these EN 302 245 applies to terrestrial DRM transmitters.

Electronic programme guides for DRM

ETSI has recently published a single standard for electronic programme guides for both DRM and Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).


The following is a list of recently published and frequently downloaded standards. Please use the ETSI standards search to find further related standards in the public domain or to subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.
For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No.Standard title
EN 302 245-2 Transmitting equipment for the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) broadcasting service
Part 2: Harmonized EN under article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive 2006
TS 102 818 XML Specification for DAB Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
TS 102 509 Single Channel Simulcast (SCS) 2006
TS 102 358 Specific Restrictions for the use of the Distribution and Communication Protocol (DCP)
TS 102 386 AM signalling system (AMSS)
TS 102 821 Distribution and Communications Protocol (DCP) 2005
TS 102 820 Multiplex Distribution Interface (MDI)
EN 302 245-1 Transmitting equipment for the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) broadcasting service
Part 1: Technical characteristics and test methods 2005
TS 122 242 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTSTM);
Digital Rights Management (DRM); Stage 1 2005
TS 101 968 Data applications directory