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October 30th, 2014
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UK TII table updated.
The regulator in Hong Kong, the Communications Authority, has extended the deadline by which broadcasters should have an EPG on the territory's ensemble to March 21st 2018. The original deadline was September 21st 2012, but this was extended to September 21st 2014. The deadline applies to Digital Broadcasting Corporation Hong Kong Limited, Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited and Phoenix U Radio. In the meantime, the broadcasters have proposed that the unused capacity be used by existing audio services and ancillary visual services. A reconfiguration exercise was tentatively planned to take place in November 2014.
The regulator in Hong Kong, the Communications Authority, has extended the deadline by which Phoenix U Radio should have launched its third audio service on the territory's ensemble to September 19th 2015. The extension is on condition that Phoenix U Radio submits a $1 million performance bond within one month to secure the roll-out of the channel by the new deadline.
Mid & West Wales and Swansea SW Wales snapshots updated.
On the local ensemble South Hampshire, the service Fire Radio has ceased. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot of the new local ensemble Somerset added. Bristol and South East Wales snapshots updated.
MuxCo, the operator of the forthcoming local ensemble for Somerset, has announced that it will launch on Friday September 26th.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the addition of Asian Sound to the local ensemble Bradfrd&Huddersf. The service is also broadcast on Manchester, although the Bradford version may carry local advertisements. The expected launch date is October 1st.
NE Wales W Chesh snapshot updated. Addition of DAB+ service.
The forthcoming local ensemble Somerset is reported to have popped up on Block 10B broadcasting four test audio services.
On the ensemble TELEKO DAB in the Czech Republik, the service GAMA RADIO has ceased.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 5C. Rostock-Toitenwinkel extends coverage of the national ensemble DR Deutschland to the Baltic coast and includes several holiday resorts from as far as Wustrow on the Fischland-Darß peninsula in the north to Güstrow in the south.
On Central Scotland, the service Gaydio has ceased. Snapshot updated.
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved MuxCo's request to change the frequency of the forthcoming local ensemble for Somerset from Block 10D to Block 10B.
In the Czech Republic, two new services are reported to have popped up on the Block 10D ensemble in Prague. Radio Blanik and Radio City 93.7 MHz are both reported to be broadcasting in DAB+.
The regulator in Australia, the ACMA, has extended until June 30th 2015 the trial licences in Canberra and Darwin.
A DAB+ service has popped up in the UK on the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh. Fun Kids+ is running at 64 kbit/s. Folder Media has announced that tests of DAB+ should last until the end of the year. The stated aims are to gauge listener reach and reaction, gain experience of running DAB and DAB+ services alongside each other and to observe any differences in coverage, particularly in marginal areas.
In Switzerland, the new local ensemble for Zürich has popped up on Block 9A. DIG D04 ZURICH is broadcasting 14 audio services in DAB+ at a bitrate of 80 kbit/s each.
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated.
In France, the first of the new ensembles for Nice has popped up on Block 7B, broadcasting nine services at 96 kbit/s.
Snapshots added of the Paris ensembles. On RNT Paris 7, Radio Monaco and RADIO TER are running with new SIds, removing a clash with services on RNT Paris 5.
The association of French private-sector broadcasters SIRTI reports that the Nice ensembles are expected on air at the end of August.
In Italy, the website of the public-service multiplex operator and transmission provider in Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS, contains details of three new transmitter sites. The intoduction into service has not yet been announced, so the new sites are presumed to be either under test, or imminent.
When is a launch not a launch? In France, "La radio numérique terrestre (RNT)" was launched on June 20th 2014. On July 24th, the regulator, the CSA proudly reported the launch in three important conurbations - Paris, Marseille and Nice. In the real world, however, there are still no digital radio signals in Nice, save those from neighbouring Monaco, which come romping in on Block 8A. MCR Monaco snapshot updated.
The operator of the forthcoming local ensemble for Somerset, MuxCo, has proposed a change of frequency from the current assigned frequency Block 10D to Block 10B. Ofcom has launched a public consultation on the proposed change but is minded to approve the request, given that the change is in line with proposed revisions to the local DAB frequency plan, and that it is likely to reduce the levels of interference between local DAB multiplexes on the same frequencies and thus improve local DAB coverage overall. MuxCo proposes to launch, subject to approval, in September from Mendip, Taunton and Hutton.
Ofcom has granted an eight-year extension for the ensemble Inverness to Bauer Digital Radio Limited. The new licence expires August 21st 2023.
Snapshot of the Czech ensemble TELEKO DAB updated.
In Germany, the multiplex operator Bayern Digital Radio GmbH has reduced the number of transmitters operating on Block 12D. By increasing the performance of 16 selected sites, however, coverage remains virtually constant (88% outdoor, 54% indoor).
In Italy, the spectrum regulator is to proceed with planning for new regional areas for DAB+, including Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta. It is possible that the Ministry may release frequencies by the end of the year.
A new service is reported to have popped up on the local ensemble Bradfrd&Huddersf. Radio Paigham is reported to be broadcasting at 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF.
In Germany, the media regulator in Bavaria, the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien, has awarded capacity on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern to Kultradio.fm, currently broadcast as an internet radio service. The licence will expire October 31st 2019.
The new local ensemble Derbyshire has been launched and is transmitting from Quarndon on Block 10B. Five audio services are being broadcast. Snapshot added.
In France, some SId clashes have been reported on the new ensembles in Paris. Frequence India on RNT Paris 5 and RADIO TER on RNT Paris 7 are both reported to be transmitting the SId FED7, while PIMG RADIO on RNT Paris 5 and Radio Monaco on RNT Paris 7 are both using FEE4.
In Italy, the multiplex operators Club DAB Italia and EuroDAB have announced their collaboration in Südtirol (Alto Adige) in sharing infrastructure to streamline operations and reduce the environmental impact of their transmission systems.
On the local ensembles Bournemouth and South Hampshire, the service Fire Hit Radio has been relabelled Fire Radio.
The UK transmission provider Arqiva has announced the formation of a consortium including broadcasters UTV and Bauer that will apply to operate the second national commercial ensemble. The consortium has invited expressions of interest in capacity on the ensemble from other prospective service providers.
The public-service broadcaster in Bavaria has announced that from 2018, the youth-orientated service PULS will be broadcast on the FM frequencies currently used for BR-Klassik. As a consequence, the classical music service will be available exlusively in digital form. The intention is that by 2018, the DAB+ coverage in Bavaria will match BR-Klassik's coverage on FM.
In Italy, new transmitters have been brought into service on Block12A. Mut, Kronplatz and Plose extend coverage of EuroDAB Italia to Meran/Merano, Pustertal/val Pusteria and Brixen/Bressanone respectively.
BBC Radio Derby has announced that it will begin broadcasting in DAB on the new local ensemble for Derbyshire on July 23rd. Transmissions will be from Quarndon initially, with Stanton Moor and Lichfield expected to be added towards the end of the year.
Norway snapshots updated.
In Germany, the service pure fm has popped up on the ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B.
July 11th (update)
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. The new site (possibly Colle Vedetta), improves coverage of Club DAB Italia in the north of the city of Brescia, including Nave, Bovezzo, Concesio and Gussago.
In Italy, new transmitters have been brought into service on Block12A. Lajen/Laion and Campo di Trens/Freienfeld extend coverage of EuroDAB Italia to parts of the A22 Brennerautobahn/autostrada del Brennero.
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Blocks 10B and 10D. Innichen/San Candido extends coverage of RAI-RASDAB 10B and RASDAB10D in the Oberpustertal/Alta Val Pusteria, Sexten/Sesto and towards the border to Osttirol (Austria).
On the Spanish ensemble MF2, the service SRDT SOLO MUSICA has been relabelled RADIO MARIA.
The UK digital radio industry is conducting trials of Service Following on a number of important routes. Service Following is part of the minimum specification for vehicle manufacturers and vehicle aftermarket receivers. The trial involves the ensembles London 1, London 2, Berks & N Hants, Bristol, HBB & Northants, Swindon and West Wiltshire. Various scenarios are being tested.
Snapshot added of the Norwegian local ensemble covering Haugaland, including Stavanger - LOKALDAB (17).
Changes are being made to the UK TII numbering scheme to accomodate new areas and improve flexibility. For example, the site Quarndon, previously 41/06 (hex), now has the value 20/04 (hex). Both the existing BBC National DAB transmitter at this site and the forthcoming Derbyshire local transmitter will transmit these values.
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters shows Leatherhead Stoke d'Abernon in operation on Block 10C, broadcasting Surrey-NSussex.
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveals a number of new Block 12B transmitters that have not yet been announced by the BBC - Leek, Darwen, Stocksbridge, Maesteg, Whitworth and Haslemere UHF. UK TII table updated.
SwissMediaCast has announced that the services LandLiebe Radio and PILATUS+ will migrate from their respective regional ensembles onto the second-layer ensemble SMC_D02 in September.
Snapshots of the new Marseille ensembles added. Three of the four licensed ensembles are known to be on air. All of the services are using DAB+, including one that is using DMB-R in Paris.
In Germany, a low-power test transmission is taking place in Kaiserslautern. The ensemble on Block 12A is generated using the open source ODR-mmbtools, an offshoot of the crc-mmbtools, and is reported to consist of a mix of DAB and DAB+ services.
In Germany, the media reglator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH) has advertised capacity on a future ensemble for the city of Hamburg. The advertisement seeks applications from prospective service providers and multiplex operator. The frequency to be used by the ensemble is not mentioned in the text. Licences awarded would be for ten years in the first instance. Closing date for applications is September 5th 2014.
In Switzerland, a new service has popped up on the Block 8B ensemble for Bern-Freiburg, SMC D03 BE-FR. Radio 32 is broadcasting in DAB+.
In Switzerland, a new service has popped up on the Block 7A ensemble for Nordschweiz, SMC D03 N-CH. Radio Basilisk is one of the country's original licensed commercial radio stations and its appearance in DAB+ means it is now available not only in the northwest around Basel, but throughout northern Switzerland.
In Germany, the service radio B2 has reappeared on the Block 7B ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B following an absence of about a year.
The operator of the regional ensembles in German-speaking Switzerland, SwissMediaCast, has brought three new transmitters into operation. Sissach on Block 7A extends coverage of the ensemble for Nordschweiz, SMC D03 N-CH into canton Baselland. Olten-Dulliken allows for contiguous coverage of the Nordschweiz and the Bern-Freiburg (SMC D03 BE-FR, Block 8B) ensembles around Olten-Oftringen including the important motorway junction Wiggertal. Solothurn improves coverage of the Bern-Freiburg ensemble along the A1 towards Bern and along the A5.
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the updates and amendments it intends to make to the Technical Code for digital radio in the light of its consultation earlier this year. DAB+ is now approved for use in the UK and up to 30% of the available capacity on the forthcoming second national commercial ensemble may be used for DAB+ services. This limit will be reviewed in 2018. Should operators of existing ensembles wish to use DAB+, any proposals will be considered by Ofcom on a case by case basis. Minimum bitrates for services are to be abolished, with Ofcom arguing that "there is no evidence to suggest dissatisfaction with the technical quality of platforms that are not subject to explicit technical quality standards requirements." Among other changes to be made, Ofcom will revise the approvals process for new transmitters. The revised Code will include requirements on DAB multiplexes that make use of traffic announcement/traffic programme (TA/TP) travel flags.
The UK regulator Ofcom has advertised the second national commercial DAB multiplex. The ensemble will operate on Block 11A and is intended to cover the whole of the UK, plus the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, subject to international co-ordination. Block 11A is allocated (although not currently in use) for ensembles in Normandy and on the Belgian coast. This will impact upon the coverage achievable in East Anglia, in Kent and along the southern coast of the UK. There is currently no allotment for the Channel Islands. Up to 30% of the available capacity may be used for DAB+ services. Other coding standards may be used for podcasts, but not for services delivered in real time. The closing date for applications is October 30th 2014 and Ofcom expects to make a licence award in early 2015.
In Italy, three additional DAB+ services have popped up on the Block 12B ensemble in Trentino, MUX DAB+ TAA. Rai Webradio6+, Rai Webradio7+ and Rai Webradio8+ are reported to be running at 64 kbit/s in DAB+.
June 29th (update)
Of the services to have launched in Paris, three (on different ensembles) are known to be broadcasting in DMB Radio. The others are using DAB+.
London snapshots updated.
The BBC has recently brought ten new transmitters into service on Block 12B, extending coverage of BBC National DAB as follows:
The public-service broadcaster in Bavaria, Bayerischer Rundfunk, has announced that it has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 11D. Oberammergau extends coverage in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and improves coverage in Weilheim-Schongau. The site is considered to be under test currently, entering official public service on July 1st. At the same time, the power of the existing Block 12D transmitter has been increased.
Gaydio has announced that it will broadcast on Central Scotland from Monday 14th July to Sunday 31st August 2014.
In London, The Arrow - Rock has migrated from London 3 to London 2 as The Arrow. At the same time, XFM has migrated from London 2 to London 1, where it is running at 128 kbit/s. LBC News 1152 has migrated from London 1 to London 2.
The UK multiplex operator MuxCo has announced that it has signed transmission contracts for the Somerset, North Yorkshire and North Wales local ensembles. The company's current estimate is of an on-air date of "towards the end of the Summer" for the Somerset ensemble and "towards the end of 2014" for North Yorkshire and North Wales. Lincolnshire is scheduled to launch in 2015. MuxCo has invited expressions of interest from prospective broadcasters interested in carriage on the forthcoming multplexes.
On London 3, the service The Arrow - Rock is announcing that a rescan will be necessary on June 24th.
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Monte Serra extends coverage of Club DAB Italia in the provinces of Lucca, Pisa and Livornia; in the Versilia and on the Tuscany coast as far as San Vincenzo.
A new service has popped up on the Block 7B ensemble in Berlin. Babelsberg Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
In France, June 20th is the official launch day for digital radio, with six ensembles on air in Paris and four each in Marseilles and Nice.
On the Danish local ensemble NivaaDAB, the service Humleborg,R.Nord has been relabelled Humleborg/Jazzk., following the relaunch of Radio Nord as Jazzkanalen.
In France, the forthcoming Block 6A ensemble for Paris is reported to be testing ahead of the official launch of DAB+ on June 20th.
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the responses to its consultation on the use of DAB+ and on its Technical Code for digital radio. Reaction to the proposal to allow DAB+ to be used on a future second national commercial multiplex (D2) is overwhelmingly positive. The BBC queries the need to limit the capacity used for DAB+ to 30% of the total, while Arqiva seeks clarification of whether this limit includes the 30% limit on data carriage or whether the DAB+ limit is in addition to the data. Global Radio argues that preference should not be given to D2 applicants proposing to carry more DAB+ services than other applicants.
A new service has popped up on NE Wales W Chesh. Wirral Radio is broadcasting in mono at 64 kbit/s.
In the Czech Republik, L-band transmissions have reappeared in České Budějovice. The Block LD 2kW transmissions are reported to originate from Kluk, also the site of Block 5D 1kW transmissions.
In Denmark, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble DR DAB 2. Bornholm is a temporary service to coincide with the "Folkemødet" event and will broadcast until Saturday at 64 kbit/s in Mono.
On London 1, the service Sunrise Radio has ceased after months of silence. Ofcom revoked the service's licence last month.
talkSPORT Scotland is reported to have popped up on Central Scotland, Aberdeen and Ayr.
A new service has popped up on London 2. talkSPORT London is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s at half-rate sampling.
In Australia, FBi Radio has announced a new service to be broadcast in DAB+. FBi Click is expected to launch on June 25th, broadcasting dance and electronic music 24/7 and replacing the current simulcast of FBi 94.5.
In Switzerland, the working group Digitale Migration, comprising representatives from the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR and the private radio associations Verbandes Schweizer Privatradios (VSP), Radios Régionales Romandes (RRR) and the Union der nichtkommerziellen Radios (UNIKOM) has proposed 2024 as the date by which DAB+ transmission should have superseded FM.
London 1 and London 2 snapshots updated.
Birmingham, Bournemouth, Coventry, Kent and Sussex Coast snapshots updated.
In Denmark, the pilot local ensemble NivaaDAB operated by Kanal Plus has been granted a new licence to May 31st 2015.
On London 2, the Service GOLD has been relabelled Gold.
It is being reported in the French media that the broadcaster NRJ has appealed to the Council of State to annul the decisions of the CSA in 2013 authorising digital radio to be launched on June 20th 2014. According to the reports, the Council of State has on Monday of this week sought further information from NRJ, giving the broadcaster one month to respond, meaning that the deadline is after the official launch date. If there is no intervention in the meantime, if the Council of State were then to agree to annul the CSA decisions, that would mean cancelling the launch after it had already taken place.
The BBC has published details of transmitters brought into service recently on Block 12B. Bala, Deiniolen, Calver Peak, Betws-y-Coed, Wrexham-Rhos and Birch Vale are broadcasting the ensemble BBC National DAB.
A new Band III transmitter has been brought into service in the Czech Republic. České Budějovice - Kluk is broadcasting the multiplex RTI cz DAB with six audio services on Block 5D.
London 2 snapshot updated. Wohnort has always liked the fact that the Voice of Russia SID is CCCF. As close as you can get to CCCP!
Teesside and Tyne & Wear snapshots updated.
Nottinghamshire snapshot updated.
On London 2, all services broadcasting at 64 kbit/s are reported to be using half rate sampling.
On London 2, the service BBC Radio London is reported to have been relabelled BBC London.
On London 1, the service Heart is reported to have been relabelled Heart London.
In Germany, PURE FM has popped up on the local ensembles Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Muenchen. In München, the service is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.
In France, RTS FM has announced that it will not be using its allotted capacity on ensembles in Marseille (Block 8D) and Nice (Block 7B). The regulator, the CSA, has accordingly revoked its DAB license.
On London 2, the service Gold - London is reported to have been relabelled GOLD. Spectrum Radio has been relabelled Spectrum.
On Ayr, the service heat radio has ceased. Snapshot updated.
On Central Scotland, the service REAL RADIO has been relabelled Heart Scotland and is running at the lower bitrate of 112 kbit/s. Snapshot updated. Heart Scotland is also currently broadcast on Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Edinburgh and Glasgow snapshots updated.
Snapshot of the Netherlands national ensemble NPO updated. Most services on the ensemble have sprouted accompanying MOT Slideshows, each one of which is running in its own packet data subchannel.
In France, the regulator, the CSA, has modified the frequency of one of the local ensembles to broadcast in Nice. RMux, which was to have broadcast on Block 10A, will now use Block 7B. In Marseille, ADN has been authorised to conduct DAB+ test transmissions on Block 5C until June 19th. The CSA has already announced that June 20th 2014 is to be the launch date for the regular service of digital radio in Marseille, Nice and Paris.
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR. Radio 32 is broadcasting in DAB+
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH. Radio Basilisk is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
On Edinburgh, the service Forth One has been relabelled Forth 1.
Snapshot added of test transmissions from the new Swiss local ensemble DIG F03 - GENEVE.
Snapshot added of the new Swiss ensemble RMS F02.
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR updated.
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 O-CH updated. The service PILATUS+ now has the same SId as on other ensembles.
The first transmissions from the new local ensemble for Derbyshire have been reported on Block 10B.
Club DAB Italia snapshot updated. Addition of R.Capital Music. Reduction of bitrate and Protection Level and change of Service Label of the existing service R.Capital. Reduction of bitrate and Protection Level of * RDS *.
Snapshots of the Swiss ensembles SRG SSR D01, SMC_D02 and SMC D03 N-CH updated.
Although not yet listed on Ofcom's website as an approved change, Switch Digital's application for Central Scotland and Aberdeen states that the Scottish version of talkSPORT is also intended to be broadcast on Ayr.
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveal a new Oxfordshire transmitter has entered service on Block 10B at Boar's Hill.
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveal a new Coventry transmitter has entered service on Block 12D at Daventry.
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveal a new BBC National DAB transmitter has entered service on Block 12B at Aberdare. This has not yet been announced on the BBC's own DAB transmitter pages.
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised a Scottish version of Talksport to appear on Central Scotland and Aberdeen.
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised a London version of Talksport to appear on London 2.
Snapshot of the Swiss ensemble SRG SSR I01 updated.
Snapshot of the Baden-Württemberg ensemble SWR BW updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the Protection Levels of SWR2, SWR3, SWR4 BW and DASDING have been reduced to UEP 3. The Protection Level of SWR4 EPG has been reduced to EEP-3A
London 3 snapshot updated. Like all the other services on this ensemble, the newcomers Radio 1035 and Radio 1458 are broadcasting in mono.
The Luxembourg transmission provider BCE is to conduct test transmissions on Block 7C from Dudelange on May 15th between 08:00 and 17:00.
Two new services have popped up London 3. Radio 1035 and Radio 1458 are broadcasting at 64 kbit/s each and broadcast the same programme as the respective AM frequencies.
On the Norwegian regional ensembles, the service that runs as NRK SUPER during the day and as NRK Folkemusikk at night has switched to using DAB+.
Tunisia listing updated. 12 services are reported being broadcast on Block 12C in Tunis.
In France, the service RAJE is reported to have popped up on the Block 9A ensemble GRAM, broadcasting in Nantes.
Monaco listing updated. 8 services are reported being broadcast in DAB+ on Block 8B.
Seven new DAB+ services have recently popped up on the Norwegian local ensemble Oslo/Akershus. NorgesHitRadio#1 has been relabelled Love Music and Radio+ Country has ceased.
In Norway, a new local ensemble has recently popped up on the west coast, broadcasting eight services in DAB+. The Block 11B ensemble is transmitted from three sites - Steinsfjell (Haugesund), Lifjell (Stavanger) and Kattnakken (Stord).
A new service has recently popped up on the Norwegian national ensemble, Norge Riks. NRK P13 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. NRK Klassisk has migrated to Norge Riks from the regional ensembles. The services NRK Nyheter and NRK Sami have migrated from the national ensemble to the regional ensembles.
On Liverpool, the service Capital is running with a changed SId.
The BBC's pop-up service for Eurovision has appeared on BBC National DAB. BBC R2Eurovision is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s. The bitrates of other services have been adjusted and the packet data service BBC Guide has been removed to accomodate the newcomer. Snapshot updated.
On Yorkshire, the service Heart has ceased. REAL RADIO been relabelled Heart Yorkshire. Real Radio XS has ceased. A new service has popped up. Smooth Radio is running at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. Snapshot updated.
On Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester, Real Radio has been relabelled Heart North West.
The new Sport service on Central Scotland has finally launched. Test has been relabelled Eklipse Scotland.
On NE Wales W Chesh, Real Radio Wales has been relabelled Heart N Wales.
In Baden-Württemberg, the media regulator has selected the nine out of ten applicants who will be allocated capacity on the Land-wide ensemble.
In Rheinland-Pfalz, the regional variations of SWR 4 are now being broadcasting on the Block 11A ensemble DRS RP. Each service, for Kaiserslautern, Koblenz, Ludwigshafen, Mainz and Trier respectively is broadcasting at 96 kbit/s in DAB+.
In the Netherlands, about half of the services on the Block 11C ensemble DAB+ have been given new SIds, matching the PI codes of those services on FM.
A new service has popped up on Club DAB Italia. R.Capital Music is broadcasting in DAB+.
In Switzerland, the first test transmissions for the forthcoming local ensembles have been reported in Geneva. DIG F03 GENEVE has has been reported broadcasting test services in DAB+. Official launch is expected in May followed by Zürich. Before then, the transmissions may be subject to interruptions, periods of reduced power and other odd effects.
On Oxfordshire, the service BFBS BRIZENORTON has been relabelled BFBS BrizeNorton.
In Switzerland, the second-layer ensemble for the French-speaking region has entered service on Block 10B after several weeks of tests. 15 services are being broadcast in DAB+, of which two are from the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR.
Aberdeen snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the Protection Levels of Northsound 1 and Northsound 2 have been reduced to UEP 3.
A new service has popped up on the Danish ensemble DR DAB 2. myROCK is running at 96 kbit/s in Mono. The services NOVA fm, Pop FM, radio100 and The Voice are running at the lower bitrate of 112 kbit/s.
On Aberdeen, the service Original 106 that popped up last month has ceased.
On London 3, the service Kismat Radio, silent since the beginning of February, is reported to have ceased.
Ofcom has published a consultation on proposed changes to its Digital Radio Technical Code and accompanying Guidance Notes.
The proposals would allow for the use of DAB+ on the future "D2" second national commercial multiplex, though this would not be mandatory. The use of DAB+ would initially be limited to 30% of the available capacity.
Ofcom believes competition between services and with other media provides effective self-regulation in matters of sound quality and therefore proposes to remove the minimum bitrate requirement. According to the consultation document, "there is no evidence to suggest dissatisfaction from consumers with the technical quality of content from platforms that are not subject to explicit technical quality standards requirements". Ofcom extrapolates this to mean that there is no need for minimum standards on DAB either.
Ofcom proposes that all DAB/DAB+ broadcasts should use UEP3 or EEP3 as appropriate. Broadcasters may use greater error protection if they wish, but any subsequent reduction in error protection may be subject to consultation. Under Ofcom's proposals, broadcasters would not be permitted to reduce error protection to UEP 4 or 5, but doesn't mention whether services already using those protection levels would be permitted to continue doing so.
Ofcom proposes to dissolve the Memorandum of Understanding that was agreed with broadcasters relating to the introduction of new transmitters. The MoU was designed to ensure that new transmissions did not cause interference to neighbouring ensembles using the same frequency, nor punch unacceptable holes in the coverage of other ensembles in the same area. As the roll-out of DAB continues, more sites will be required and Ofcom proposes a more streamlined approach to the approvals process, details of which are included in an Annex.
Ofcom proposes to advertise the second national commercial multiplex in the second quarter of 2014.
Central Scotland snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the service RealXS Glasgow has been relabelled XFM.
Ayr snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the service Real Radio XS has been relabelled XFM.
On the German national ensemble DR Deutschland, the service KISS FM, silent since Tuesday, has now ceased.
Club DAB Italia and EuroDAB Italia snapshots updated.
A new service has popped up on EuroDAB Italia. Radio Orbital is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
Two new services have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble Club DAB Italia. RMALB.IA and * RDS + * are both broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s each. The service Radio Maria is broadcasting at the reduced bitrate of 48 kbit/s and at the lower Protection Level EEP 3-A.
On the German national ensemble DR Deutschland, the service KISS FM has fallen silent.
In Germany, a new 174m transmitter mast is to be built on the Hühnerberg in Bavaria. The existing mast dates from 1965, is not capable of supporting additional antennas for digital radio and will be demolished tomorrow. Construction of the replacement mast is expected to be completed in September. In the meantime, UKW/FM and TV transmissions will continue from a temporary antenna mounted on a crane. The site will broadcast DAB/DAB+ for the first time, but because of the reduced height of the crane, coverage will improve once the new, taller mast is brought into service.
A new service is reported to have popped up on Oxfordshire. BFBS BRIZENORTON is reported to be running at 80 kbit/s.
A new ensemble has popped up in Prague on Block 10D. Four services are being broadcast in DAB+.
On the second-layer ensemble in Switzerland, SMC_D02, the service SWISSMNTHOLIDAY+ has ceased.
On South East Devon, Gold - Sth Devon has been relabelled Smooth SouthWest.
On London 2, Jazz FM London has been relabelled Jazz FM.
On Sussex Coast, Gold - Sussex has been relabelled Smooth Sussex with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Plymouth, Gold - Plymouth has been relabelled Smooth Plymouth with a PTy of Easy Listening.
The BBC is reported to have announced that it will conduct a DAB+ trial later this year.
On Essex, Gold - Essex has been relabelled Smooth Essex with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Kent, Gold - Kent has been relabelled Smooth Kent with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Norwich, Gold - Norwich has been relabelled Smooth Norfolk with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On South East Wales, Gold - Sth Wales has been relabelled Smooth S Wales with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Bristol, Gold - Bristol has been relabelled Smooth Bristol with a PTy of Easy Listening.
In Germany, a new 10 kW transmitter has been brought into service on Block 5C. Ulm-Kuhberg extends coverage of DR Deutschland in and around the city of Ulm, including the important B30 route in the direction of Bodensee and the Autobahn A8 between München and Stuttgart.
On HBB & Northants, Gold 4 Counties has been relabelled Smooth 4Counties with a PTy of Easy Listening.
On Berks & N Hants, Gold Berks/Hants has been relabelled Smooth BrksHants with a PTy of Easy Listening.
A new service has popped up on Aberdeen. Original 106 is running at 64 kbit/s.
Snapshots updated of the Netherlands ensembles NPO and DAB+.
Tayside snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Protection Level of BBC RNanGaidheal has dropped from UEP2 to UEP3.
Edinburgh snapshot corrected.
Denmark's switch from DAB to DAB+, expected in December, is to be postponed. The existing ensembles will continue in "original-flavour" DAB until after a study of market penetration of DAB+ receivers in late 2015. The ensembles DR DAB1 and DR DAB2 had been expected to swap frequencies at the same time and will also be postponed. Instead of being advertised to commercial broadcasters, vacant capacity on DR DAB2 will be used from early 2015 by DR P4 in DAB+. A third, regional layer is to be advertised to commercial broadcasters and will use DAB+. The successful broadcasters will decide whether they operate the mux themselves or appoint a multiplex operator.
The UK multiplex operators MuxCo and UTV DAB have invited expressions of interest in making use of capacity for up to 28 days during Ramadan. The ensembles in question are Aberdeen, Bradford & Huddersfield, Central Scotland (covering both Glasgow and Edinburgh), Gloucestershire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Mid & West Wales, Stoke on Trent, Surrey (including south London), Swansea and North East Wales & West Cheshire (including Liverpool).
In Switzerland, the first tests of the second-layer ensemble for the French-speaking region have been observed in western Switzerland. RMS F02 has been observed on Block 10B with two DAB+ services, RMS Test-1 and RMS Test-2.
HBB & Northants snapshot updated.
In the Netherlands, a call for tenders has been issued for the operation of a regional ensemble to serve southwest Netherlands, including Goes, Roosendaal, Terneuzen and Vlissingen. The ensemble will operate on Block 9D. Expected to broadcast on the ensemble are Omroep Brabant, Omroep Zeeland, Radio Rijnmond, Puur NL and Radio 8FM.
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands national ensemble NPO. NPO 3FM Alternat is running at 64 kbit/s using DAB+.
A new service has popped up on HBB & Northants. BOB HomeCounties is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.
Yorkshire snapshot updated.
Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough snapshots updated.
Radio Orient is reported to have popped up on the pilot ensemble in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, GRAM.
A new service has popped up on Yorkshire. Radio Yorkshire is running at 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.
On Berks & N Hants, the service Reading 107 has been relabelled JACK fm Berks.
In Germany, the media regulator for Baden-Württemberg, the LFK, has extended and expanded the advertisement of capacity on the Land-wide ensemble. Initially, enough capacity for three services was offered. Now, sufficient capacity has become available to allow nine or ten services. The LFK has extended the advertisement to March 28th. Applications already received retain their validity, however applicants have the option to revise their applications should they wish.
On Sussex Coast, the service Gaydio has dropped to Mono at 80 kbit/s.
In Germany, the magazine Meinungsbarometer Digitaler Rundfunk reports that the BBC wishes to broadcast its external service in German cities in DAB+ and is in discussion with the regional media regulators.
In Germany, the multiplex operator in Hessen has announced the bringing into service of a new transmitter on Block 11C. Mainz-Kastel extends and improves coverage of DR HESSEN in Wiesbaden, the Rheingau and the surrounding areas.
The BBC has brought three new Block 12B transmitters into service at Hutton, Icomb Hill and Leamington Spa.
In Switzerland, Radio SUNSHINE + appears to be in the process of migrating from the Block 7D ensemble SMC_D02 that covers the whole of German-speaking Switzerland to the Block 7A ensemble SMC D03 N-CH that covers only the northern region. The service has popped up on 7A and is currently running in parallel on both ensembles.
On BBC National DAB, the packet data service BBC Travel has ceased.
On Lancashire, the service Rock has been relabelled Rock FM.
In Italy, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble Club DAB Italia. * RDS HD * is described in its DLS as a test for an events channel.
In Germany, egoFM has popped up on the local ensembles for Augsburg, Ingolstadt, München and Nürnberg. The service * Magic Star * has ceased.
In Switzerland, the local ensembles for Geneva and Zürich are scheduled to start on May 1st, according to Unikom Radios.
Off-topic: In Germany, the city of Stuttgart and the public-service broadcaster SWR have reached agreement on the future of the famous TV Tower. The cost of works to the tower, closed since March 2013 for fire safety reasons, is to be shared between the city and the broadcaster and are expected to allow the tower to reopen to the public in mid-2015.
In Germany, the media regulator in Bavaria has awarded capacity on the local ensembles in Augsburg, Ingolstadt, München and Nürnberg to egoFM. The service is expected to pop up shortly.
On the Spanish ensemble MF2, the service RADIO ESPAÑA is reported to have been relabelled MELODÍA FM.
London 1 snapshot updated.
On London 1, the service Retune (formerly LBC 97.3) has ceased.
On London 1, LBC 97.3 has been relabelled Retune and is likely to cease soon.
The Austrian newspaper "Der Standard" reports that the long-awaited DAB+ tests in Vienna may be postponed yet again. According to the report, the public-service broadcaster ORF has suggested that the trial, most recently scheduled for the summer, may now begin in September, to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the start of radio broadcasting in the country.
On London 1, Sunrise Radio is reported to be silent. On London 3, Kismat Radio remains silent.
LBC has popped up on D1 National, running at 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF - technically a relabelling of the existing service Birdsong. Snapshot updated.
In the Netherlands, the national ensemble on Block 12C, NPO, is reported to have reverted to using its original EId (8001).[cf: January 28th]
February 6th (update)
On London 1, audio is reported to have returned to Sunrise Radio after a period of silence. On London 3, Kismat Radio remains silent.
In Germany, media websites such as Radioszene are reporting that nine applications have been received for the three programme slots advertised on the Block 11B ensemble for Baden-Württemberg:-
Die neue Welle
VHR Radio (MySchlager)
Die neue 107.7
The UK regulator Ofcom has renewed the licences of the South Hampshire and the Swindon and West Wiltshire local ensembles, both held by Now Digital. The new licences expire January 30th, 2023.
The Czech multiplex operator RTIcz has brought a new transmitter into Service on Block 10A. Plzen Bory is broadcasting in parallel with the existing transmission on Block LM.
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Block 11C local ensemble Muenchen. MKR-Kirchenradio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
In Switzerland, BlueSky Radio+ is reported to have ceased on SMC D03 BE-FR and SMC D03 N-CH.
London 2 Snapshot updated.
On the national ensemble in Germany, DR Deutschland, the service 90elf has ceased. A new packet data service has popped up. ECODyNIS Test is running at 8 kbit/s.
In Germany, SCHLAGERPARADIES has popped up on the Block 5C national ensemble DR Deutschland, broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s and ceased on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern.
In the Czech Republic, the multiplex operator TELEKO has announced that the Prague station Radio 1 begins broadcasting in DAB+ from February 1st.
London 3 Snapshot updated. Following the most recent changes, Fun Kids is running 24/7. There has been a general rise in Protection Levels, with only two services still running at UEP 4.
In the Czech Republic, the multiplex operator RTIcz has announced a change to its L-band and Band III Ensemble IDs.
In the UK, LBC has announced that it will be available nationally on DAB from February 11th.
In Norway, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble Norge Riks. NRK P13 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.
In the Netherlands, the national ensemble on Block 12C, NPO, is reported to be using a new EId (8099).
In Norway, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble Norge Riks. P6 Rock is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
London 3 is now a completely mono ensemble. Gaydio has dropped to 80 kbit/s. Kismat Radio is broadcasting at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s.
On the Spanish ensemble FU-E, the Service VOCENTO, broadcasting Rock FM, has been relabelled Rockfm. On MF-II, the Service PUNTO RADIO (or ABC Audio, depending on whether you receiver displays the Component Label or the Service Label) has been relabelled Cadena100.
On London 3, the service The Arrow - Rock is reported to be running at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s.
The Service Panjab Radio is reported to have completed its migration from London 2 to London 3. On London 3, the services Colourful, Desi Radio and Rainbow Radio have also ceased.
The Service Panjab Radio is reported to have popped up on London 2 and is expected to cease on London 3 shortly.
Eklipse Sports Radio has announced that it will launch in Central Scotland in February.
The BBC has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 12B. Penicuik improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the town and the surrounding areas.
On the Spanish ensemble MF2, the Service labelled RADIO ESPAÑA is reported to be broadcasting the audio of Melodia FM instead of the previous Onda Melodia.
In Baden-Württemberg, a new Service has popped up SWR BW. SWR - CMT Radio is broadcasting from the CMT travel fair in Stuttgart until January 18th.
Essex Snapshot updated.
Snapshots of the Swedish ensembles SR RIKS DAB and Teracom Test updated.
On the pilot local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB, Radio FLR has ended 24-hour broadcasting and its separate service has ceased. The station continues to share with other broadcasters the FM frequency 98.2 MHz, the output of which is broadcast in parallel on the DAB service 10FM/Country/FLR.
Snapshot added of the new Block 6B Warsaw ensemble Polskie Radio.
Snapshot of the Block 11D Budapest ensemble Mux A updated.
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted permission for the service KERRANG! to be removed from Aberdeen.
N. Ireland snapshot updated.
On D1 National, the service Jazz FM has been relabelled Birdsong. Snapshot updated.
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