With the installation of Broadcast Electronics’ HD Radio transmission equipment last month, TROPICANA 102.9 FM became the first station in Colombia to transmit using HD Radio technology. The installation is part of a test granted under temporary authorization by the broadcast governing agency in Colombia, and was conducted in the country capital of Bogota, population nine million. The station is owned by Caracol Radio Network, one of the main radio networks in Colombia with more than 130 AM and FM stations, and the Broadcast Electronics equipment is represented by Jaime Sorzano, owner of Broadcast Equipment and Parts in Colombia.
This is the first reported HD Radio installation in Colombia, raising speculation that it could spark further interest in HD Radio broadcasting in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Neighboring stations in Brazil, Jamaica, and Mexico are broadcasting HD Radio technology using BE transmission equipment, as are stations in Europe and Pacific Asia.