On the German ensemble Muenchen, pure fm Bayern has reappeared following an absence of several days.
In Greece, the public-service broadcaster ERT has begun DAB+ transmissions on Block 12C. Seven services are being broadcast from Hymettus, about 15km east of Athens.
Trial Brighton and Trial Portsmouth snapshots updated following recent changes.
The UK government has launched a consultation
on its proposals for a licensing regime for small scale DAB radio multiplexes. The government says it will endeavour to have the new arrangements in place by the end of 2018. Ten trial minimuxes have been operating in the UK since 2015. The government says it will ask Ofcom to extend the trial licences until the new arrangements come into effect. There has been concern that the minimuxes offer a route to existing broadcasters to reduce their transmission costs by migrating from the existing local ensembles. Such broadcasters would always be able to outbid community services yet still achieve savings. Among other things, the consultation asks whether some minimux capacity should be reserved for community broadcasters as a means of securing their carriage. The government is minded to allow the BBC to use capacity on minimuxes, but only where this would result in additional coverage for its network or local services. Cumbria, for example, is an area where a conventional local licence is considered uneconomic, but the minimux model might be able to provide BBC Radio Cumbria with a route onto DAB. The consultation document reveals that Ofcom will consult separately on a detailed spectrum plan for minimuxes and will simultaneously address a shortage of capacity on existing local ensembles in areas such as Manchester and South Yorkshire, potentially with new local ensembles. The closing date for submissions is February 28th.
The French regulator has published a roadmap
for the DAB+ roll-out over the next three years. The next advertisements should take place in 2018.
The online coverage map
of Italian multiplex operator EuroDAB Italia has been updated.
For comparison, an online coverage map
of multiplex operator DAB Italia is also available.
On the Swiss minimux for Chur/Sargans, DIG D04 - CS, the services OPENBROADCAST and SPOON RADIO are reported to have dropped from 80 kbit/s to 72.
On the Swiss minimux in Zürich, DIG D04 - ZH, the service RUNDFUNK has dropped from 80 kbit/s to 24. The service SPOON RADIO has dropped from 80 kbit/s to 72.
On Trial Brighton, the service Smile Sussex has ceased.
On the German Block 11C ensemble Muenchen, the service pure fm Bayern has ceased.
On the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh, the service SANDgrounder has switched to DAB+, running at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
On the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, the service RadioMarsdenXmas has ceased.
On Trial Portsmouth, the services JACK 2 Hampshire and JACK 3 Hampshire have ceased. Sam FM has been relabelled Retune to SamFM. JACK Hampshire has been relabelled Sam FM. Both point to the same audio stream. The services 60s, sleepyhead and Weather24/7Radio are now running at 64 kbit/s each.
On the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, the services JACK Surrey and JACK 2 Surrey have ceased.
On the German ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B, the services niceradio.de and pure fm Berlin have ceased. Snapshot updated.
January 1st 2018
In Switzerland, a new service has popped up on the regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH. Central2 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
In the Netherlands, the Block 7B local DAB trial in Den Haag Feel Good Radio
has ceased. The ensemble began from a single site, Rijswijk, in July and a second site at Zoetermeer was added this month. The broadcaster has published a brief evaluation
of the trial on its website. All the local DAB trial licences expire at midnight tonight.
On D1 National, the festive service Magic Xmas has ceased. Snapshot updated.
In Switzerland, James FM is reported to have popped up on the minimux DIG D04 - AARAU.
In Australia, the new ABC and SBS ensemble for Darwin is on air on Block 9C from a 20kW transmitter at Shoal Bay.
In the Netherlands, a new 3.2kW transmitter at Zwolle is reported to have been brought into service as part of the upgrade of the Block 11C national DAB+ network.
The French website MatBlog
has published a very useful map
showing the roll-out of DAB+ scheduled for 2018.
In Ukraine, the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting has approved
the advertisement of frequencies for DAB+ in Kiev. Two transmitters are envisaged, at "Київ" and "Лиса Гора", which are expected to enter service in the second half of 2018.
NE Wales W Chesh snapshot updated. Removal of Christmas FM. SANTAgrounder reverted to SANDgrounder.
Christmas is over. Heart have taken down the tinsel. On D1 National, Heart extra Xmas is back to being just Heart extra. Magic Xmas continues for the time being.
In the Netherlands, the service Radio Baccara is reported to have popped up on the local DAB trials in Waddinxveen (ProFMDAB+ Mux), Ravenstein (BISSELS ELEKTRA ) and Duivendrecht (DAB Ouder-Amstel).
Two new services have popped up on the local ensemble Bradfrd&Huddersf. Pulse 80s and Total Access are both running in "original-flavour" DAB at 128 kbit/s. The festive service Pulse Xmas has ceased.
New services are reported to have popped up on the regional ensemble Central Scotland. Scot Sun 80s, Scot Sun Gr8s and Scot Sun Hits are reported to be running in "original-flavour" DAB at 128 kbit/s. The festive service Scot Sun Xmas has ceased.
Two new services have popped up on Trial Norwich. Cyber Hot Hits and Cyber Rock are reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 and 48 kbit/s respectively.
Two new services have popped up on the local ensemble Swansea SW Wales. Wave 80s and Total Access are both running in "original-flavour" DAB at 128 kbit/s. The festive service Wave Xmas has ceased.
Two new services have popped up on the local ensemble Stoke & Stafford. Signal 80s and Total Access are both running in "original-flavour" DAB at 128 kbit/s. The festive service Signal Xmas has ceased. Snapshot updated.
On the Swiss minimux for Winterthur and Schaffhausen, DIG D04 - WS, the bitrates of Kanal K, OPENBROADCAST and Spoon Radio are reported to have dropped from 80 to 72 kbit/s.
In the Netherlands, more changes have been made as part of the upgrade of the Block 11C network. New transmitters have been brought into service at Jirnsum and Eindhoven. The existing transmitter at Hilversum has been boosted from 4 to 7.9kW and the power of the Arnhem transmitter has been increased from 0.6 to 5kW
Trial Portsmouth snapshot updated. The service 100% Dragon Hits is running at the higher bitrate of 48 kbit/s.
Radio Mi Amigo and AMW have popped up on the Netherlands local DAB trial in Leiden, IMPACTAM DAB MUX. The existing services Groeistad Radio, HitRadioCentraal and UnityFM are reported to have ceased.
Central Scotland snapshot updated. Rocksport Radio is now broadcasting in Joint Stereo at 128 kbit/s.
In Belgium, the Minister for the Media in the Flemish government has announced
that additional capacity for DAB+ will be provided in 2018. At present, the only capacity for private broadcasters is operated by Norkring. The Minister would like to see competition in the market and enable more of the region's broadcasters to use DAB+.
In the Netherlands, a substantial upgrade to the Block 11C network is taking place which should improve coverage by the end of December. As part of this, a new 5Kw transmitter has been brought into service at Roermond to replace a 2 kW transmitter deactivated at Ittervoort.
In Switzerland, the regulators have authorised
an additional layer of DAB+ coverage in each of the three linguistic regions - German, Italian and French. In the German and Italian regions, the new layers have been awarded to multiplex operator SwissMediaCast (SMC). Of the respondants to a Call for Interest in 2016, SMC was the only applicant to meet the criteria. In the French-speaking region there was more than one potential qualified applicant and the regulator will proceed to advertise this layer in 2018. The new fifth layer in the German-speaking region, designated D05, is intended to ensure sufficient capacity exists across the five layers for DAB+ to replace FM as the primary transmission mode from 2020. Many broadcasters in the German-language region have expressed an interest in extending their coverage into the Italian-speaking region, especially along the main transport axis from Gottard to Chiasso. The new layer here, designated I03, is intended to realise this ambition. A timetable for D05 roll-out specifies that the new ensemble should be available in the Bern region by the end of 2018, and in Zürich, Basel, Aargau, Luzern, Schaffhausen and St. Gallen by mid-2019. Coverage should reach Chur by the end of 2019. Coverage of the German-speaking region as a whole is intended to reach 95% by population by the end of 2020. The new layer I03 should provide continuous coverage between Airolo and Chiasso and between San Bernardino and Bellinzona by the end of 2019.
A new service has popped up on London 2. Baikal Radio is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 80 kbit/s.
Forces Radio BFBS has announced
that it will return to a national ensemble on January 24th, when it will begin broadcasting in DAB+ on SDL National
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster for Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Niedersachsen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the NDR, has announced its DAB+ build-out programme for next year.
Region central Vorpommern (Züssow, Wolgast, Anklam, Jarmen, Greifswald)
Region Hildesheim (Hildesheim-Süd, Holle, Bockenem, Seesen, Gronau, Bad Salzdetfurth, Diekholzen)
Region central Südholstein (Norderstedt, Henstedt-Ulzburg, Kaltenkirchen, Quickborn, Bad Bramstedt)
In Germany, the regulator for Bayern, the BLM, has announced
that the existing Block 12D network for Niederbayern und Oberpfalz will be split into two on July 3rd 2018. The transmitters in Niederbayern will move to Block 7D. Those in Overpfalz will continue to operate on Block 12D. Two distinct ensembles will then be broadcast. The commercial services Radio Trausnitz, Radio AWN, unser Radio Passau/Deggendorf, Radio Galaxy Landshut and Radio Galaxy Passau/Deggendorf are expected to be broadcast on Block 7D. Radio Charivari Regensburg, gong fm, Radio Ramasuri und Radio Galaxy Amberg/Weiden will be able to use Block 12D.
Cyber Hot Hits has popped up on Trial Brighton.
In Switzerland, a transmitter at Dulliken is currently under test on Block 5D, broadcasting the existing minimux DIG D04 - AARAU.
In Denmark, the regional ensemble for Øst- og Nordsjælland (including Koebenhavn), MUX3-OSTSJ, is reported to have migrated from Block 6C to 9B.
Trial Manchester snapshot updated. The recently-seen service VITA Radio was absent when the snapshot was taken. Likwid London had no audio stream.
A new service has popped up on the regional ensemble Central Scotland. Rocksport Radio is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 64 kbit/s.
A new service has popped up on the local DAB trial in Leiden, IMPACTAM DAB MUX. RadioSputnik is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s and is apparently an Underground, House and Techno service - not the Russian broadcaster well-known in other countries.
Norway has become the first country to shut down its FM networks, completing a process that began in January. Unlike previous regions, the last regions, Finnmark and Troms, plus Svalbard, closed both the NRK and commercial frequencies simultaneously. Now, only the services of small local broadcasters outside the main centres are permitted to use FM until 2022.
In Austria, the regulator has awarded
the country's first-ever regular DAB/DAB+ licence to RTG Radio Technikum GmbH to cover the Greater Vienna area. The 10-year licence comes into effect April 3rd 2018. Advertised at the same time was a national ensemble, for which the regulator is co-ordinating frequencies with neighbouring administrations and is working to make an award in the first quarter of 2018.
In Australia, two new services have popped up on the Block 10B ensemble in Canberra, DAB+ CBR Trial
. Elf Radio and Coles Radio have been added to the digital radio offering in advance of commercial stations in the capital migrating to a new permanent home on Block 8D. The services of public-service broadcasters ABC and SBS are now broadcast on Block 9C and the industry body Digital Radio Plus has announced
that the existing transmissions on Block 10B will cease on January 8th. Listeners must perform a rescan on that date to continue receiving them.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk has brought a transmitter into service on Block 11D. Wallberg, Tegernsee improves coverage of the Land-wide ensemble Bayern in the Tegernseer Tal. Meanwhile, new Block 8C transmitter at Hesselberg improves coverage of the regional ensemble Mittelfranken.
In Germany, the operator of the first national ensemble, DR Deutschland, Media Broadcast, has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 5C. Passau improves coverage in the city centre and surrounding area.
On the local ensemble Bristol, SoulTrain Radio is reported to be running at the higher bitrate of 96 kbit/s in mono.
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands local DAB trial Almere DAB. Easy Traxx is reported to be broadcasting Christmas music.
In the Netherlands, the local DAB trial Feel Good Radio is reported to be operating as an SFN from a second site at Zoetermeer.
On the Spanish ensemble MF1, the service IntereconomiaDAB is reported to have ceased.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster NDR has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 11B. Güstrow
, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, extends coverage of the ensemble NDR MV
In Italy, 19 FM tramsmitters have been taken out of service at six locations
in Südtirol (Alto Adige):-
|FM transmitters taken out of service
|Antholz||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
|Karthaus||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
|Rauth (Obereggen)||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
|St. Gertraud||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
|Wengen (Pederoa)||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3, Radio Rumantsch
|Wiesen/Pfitsch||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
During 2018, 22 FM transmitters at seven sites are planned to be decommissioned:-
|FM transmitters to be taken out of service in 2018
|Aberstückl Sarntal||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
|Graun Reschen||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3, Radio Rumantsch
|Kurzras Schnals||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
|Prags||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
|Ratschings||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
|Ritten Afing||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
|Welschnofen||Ö1, ORF Tirol, Ö3
The transmission provider and multiplex operator RAS has brought further DAB transmitters into service. Coverage by population of the autonomous province currently stands at 99.5%.
|DAB transmitters brought into service
|Rabenstein||25.11.2017||Rabenstein und auf der Timmelsjochstraße
|Rauth||14.11.2017||Eggen, Rauth, Birchabruck
In Switzerland, minimuxes have been relabelled as follows:-
DIG D 04 - BASEL is now DIG D04 - BS
DIG D 04 - WTHUR is now DIG D 04 - WS
DIG D 04 - ZURICH is now DIG D 04 - ZH
In Australia, public-service broadcaster ABC has brought
an ensemble into service on Block 9C in Canberra. The ABC had previously participated in a trial ensemble that operated in the ACT on Block 10B.
In Germany, the regulator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has awarded
capacity on the Hamburg ensemble to Peli One Medien GmbH for a service called "PELI ONE – Urban Black Music Radio".
North Yorkshire snapshot updated. Addition of MincePie NonStop and Upload Radio.
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Addition of Pulse Xmas.
In Belgium, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 8A in the area of Eupen. DAB DG Belgien (in which DG signifies Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft - the German-speaking community) carries the three services of Belgian German-language public-service broadcaster BRF plus two commercial stations.
A new service has popped up on Trial Manchester. VITA Radio is currently without an audio stream in a subchannel running at 48 kbit/s. The service Vinejuice Radio has ceased.
SoulTrain Radio has popped up on the Block 11B local ensemble Bristol, broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 64 kbit/s.
In Germany, three new services have popped up on the Baden-Württemberg ensemble, DRS BW. antenne 1, REGENBOGEN 2 and ROCK ANTENNE are reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s each.
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster for Baden-Württemberg, SWR, has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 8A. Grünten - actually in Bayern - broadcasts the ensemble SWR BW S, extending and improving coverage in the württembergischen Allgäu and parts of the region Bodensee-Oberschwaben. A new transmitter at Brandenkopf is scheduled for 2018 and further transmitters are being planned.
A new service has popped up on the Swiss minimux DIG I02. OneDanceFM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. The existing service MAXXIMA has dropped to 48 kbit/s.
In Latvia, the test ensemble ceased yesterday following the decision by the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP) not to continue DAB+ tests nor to support a roll-out of DAB+ in the next five years.
On the local ensemble South East Wales, the service Bridge FM has been relabelled Bridge FM Radio.
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex. RadioMarsdenXmas is broadcasting in original-flavour DAB at 64 kbit/s in mono with half-rate sampling.
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