It's patronising a developing country. Mondial, AM/SW or Mobile Internet Radio is better.
FM receivers to Africa is patronising them with our cast-offs.
Digital Radio Mondial (digital radio over AM), existing Short Wave or other AM-based analogue services would serve a large rural continents much better with greater, wider transmission range covering larger areas for reception.
FM should be kept running in UK and in parallel the future should be Internet Radio:
1) streamed by Wireless WiFi in the home to a dedicated set such as the Revo RadioStation and
2) for portable radio, to our ubiquitous swiss-army knife featured better value for money mobile phones via 3G or even GPRS with increasingly generous data packages offered by our mobile operators.
Internet Radio offers:
- maximum choice: stations all over the country, all over the world
- unlike DABdoesn't patronise the listener by their location (e.g. you can't get Kiss on DAB on the south coast but you can in London)
- latest efficient codecs, AAC+, eAAC+ (great for mobiles particularly)
- listening on good-value for money devices that do other things, such as on mobile phones: email, cameras, etc.
Battery life and reception are increasingly advanced on mobile phones, with ongoing incentive to enhance further. Whereas on a single purpose device like DAB this is behind - and why re-invent the wheel?