In France, the media regulator has published the formal announcement
modifying the advertisement of capacity on the two forthcoming national ensembles. Priority is to be granted to the services of national public-service broadcaster Radio France and its services France Inter, France Culture, France Info, France Musique, FIP and Mouv'.
Snapshots updated of the ensembles operating in the Seoul Metropolitan Area. Multiple changes.
In Switzerland, the multiplex operator Digris has revised
the expected on-air dates of its forthcoming ensembles as follows:-
- St. Gallen - August 2019
- Oberwallis - August 2019
- Glarus - October 2019
- Fribourg - November 2019
- Rheintal - November 2019
In France, the media regulator has licensed the company Grand Ouest Mux to operate the forthcoming local ensembles in Rouen, which will operate on Blocks 9C and 10C, and the local ensemble for Le Havre, which will operate on Block 10D.
In Germany, the media regulator for Nordrhein-Westfalen is to seek
frequencies for two layers of coverage. One is intended to cover the whole of the Land, while the other will provide Land-wide coverage divided into either six or five regions. The Land's government will issue a Statement of Need to the federal spectrum regulator.
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the trial ensemble RNN 9B DAB+ Test. JOY RADIO 32 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.
In Belgium, a new service had popped up on the Block 5D ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2. N R J is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.
Three new services have popped up on #EuroDab Italia. #RTL news salute, #RTL rewind and SUBASIO XL are broadcasting in DAB+ at 24, 24 and 48 kbit/s respectively. #RTL Guardia Cost has been relabelled #RTL club. #ZETA DAB has been relabelled #ZETA dab. Its bitrate has dropped to 64 kbit/s. Multiple other bitrate changes and relabellings. Snapshot updated.
Central Scotland snapshot updated. Addition of Sunoh Radio.
The public-service broadcaster in northern Germany, NDR, has announced that the appropriate Land suffix (SH, MV, NDS, HH) will be added to the labels of the respective versions of NDR 2 at 13:00 tomorrow.
Leeds and Sheffield snapshots updated. Addition of Magic Chilled.
On the Block 9D ensemble in Paris, towerCast, the temporary service Salon Radio has finally ceased after falling silent some time ago.
A DAB+ trial is expected to being next month in Vietnam. Announced at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur and reported by WorldDAB, the trial will involve 2.5kW transmitters in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
A DAB+ trial is expected to being next month in Thailand. The 20-month trial, announced at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur and reported by WorldDAB, will take place in Bangkok and is expected to involve 11 services.
a Turkish website shiftdelete.net, reports that the national public-service broadcaster in Turkey "aims to improve the quality of digital radio broadcasts by moving to DAB+ broadcasting model". However, TRT has been broadcasting exclusively in DAB+ for at least a year, on its ensemble labelled (even a year ago) TRT DAB+
. (See Wohnort's snapshot dated 18.03.2018).
In Germany, new transmitters have been brought into service at Memmingen, on Blocks 8B, 10A and 11D, improving coverage of the ensembles Allgäu, Obb/Schw and Bayern in western Unterallgäu.
In Belgium, the transmission provider Broadcast Partners has taken over the operation of the Block 12A transmitter network broadcasting the Flemish public-service broadcaster's ensemble DAB+ VRT, following a competitive tender process. Broadcast Partners is using different sites compared with the previous provider Norkring, so coverage will differ in places compared with previously. Norkring continues to operate the Block 11A ensemble and will operate the forthcoming Blocks 5A/5D commercial ensemble.
DAB+ transmissions are expected to begin in Belarus next month. A pilot ensemble is expected to operate from the transmission site RTPS Kalodziščy (Калодзішчы), which should provide good coverage of the capital Minsk.
Could DAB+ be coming to North America? (and it's still not April 1st!).
Today's announcement by the French regulator regarding the forthcoming national ensembles predicts that transmissions should begin in the first quarter of 2020, beginning in the most densely-populated areas. Thereafter, coverage will be extended to cover the less-populated areas of France. The regulator has announced that planning will then begin for the deployment of DAB+ overseas, meaning the Départements and Territoires Outre-Mer. One such overseas collectivity is Saint Pierre et Miquelon, near the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. The collectivity returns one député to the French National Assembly and one senator to the French Senate. DAB+ in North America? An intriguing possibility!
In France, the media regulator has announced the services selected for inclusion on the forthcoming national ensembles. As previously reported, the national public-service broadcaster Radio France has been reserved capacity for six services. A seventh is to be reserved capacity on the "Étendu" local ensembles. The selected broadcasters now have two months in which to decide on an operator for the multiplex. The regulator expects transmissions to begin in the first quarter of 2020. Some of the selected broadcasters are already making use of capacity on the local ensembles. Some rationalisation is to be expected once the national ensemble reaches areas already covered by the local ones.
- France Inter
- France Culture
- France Musique
- France Info
- Air Zen
- BFM Business
- BFM Radio
- Europe 1
- Fun Radio
- M Radio
- Radio Classique
- Rire et Chansons
- RTL 2
- Virgin Radio
In Germany, the media regulator for Bayern has advertised
capacity for two services on the forthcoming ensemble for the Voralpenland. The new ensemble is expected to begin broadcasting on Block 7A from Wendelstein on July 1st and services are expected to use protection level EEP-2A. Applicants may choose between 72, 80, 88 and 96 CU, which at that protection level would correspond to a bitrate of 72, 80, 88 or 96 kbit/s. Two additional transmitters are scheduled to enter service later in the year, with further sites planned for 2020. Closing date for applications in April 1st 2019.
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VRT, the Slideshow associated with the service VRT NWS is no longer running in its own separate sub-channel. The Secondary Component VRT NWS SLS has ceased. The overall bitrate of VRT NWS's sub-channel has increased as a consequence. Snapshot updated.
The national public-service broadcaster Radio France is to participate in DAB+ (finally, and it's not April 1st!). The culture minister Franck Riester, speaking
this morning on France Culture, announced that capacity is to be reserved on the forthcoming national ensembles for all six of the broadcaster's national services. He also announced that capacity will be reserved on the "Étendu" ensembles for the local version of Radio France's France Bleu. [Wohnort: Some adjustment to the existing capacity usage will be necessary to accomodate this additional service.] The French regulator is expected formally to announce this new development tomorrow, March 6th.
On the local ensemble Swansea SW Wales, the recently-added services talkRADIO, talkSPORT 2 and Virgin Radio have ceased.
On Trial Norwich, United DJs has replaced Cyber Rock. The newcomer is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s.
Brisbane snapshots updated. Multiple changes since previous snapshots.
On the local ensemble Berks & N Hants, the service Sam FM has been replaced by The Breeze, running at the lower bitrate of 56 kbit/s, in "original-flavour" DAB.
Humberside snapshot updated. Addition of Magic Chilled.
North Yorkshire snapshot updated. Cessation of Rathergood Radio.
On the French regional ensemble LILLE Etendu, the service CROONER RADIO is reported to be running with a changed SId. The new SId matches other instances broadcast elsewhere.
In Australia, the commercial ensemble for Hobart has been licensed from March 1st and is expected on air soon. Intermittent tests are reported to have taken place on Block 9A during February, but the official public service has not yet begun. The ABC/SBS ensemble for Hobart began broadcasting a year ago.
In Belgium, following the appearance of the new Block 5D ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2, the existing Block 11A ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN has been relabelled DAB+ VLAANDEREN1.
Trial Bristol snapshot updated. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot, including some services having switched to DAB+. All the Trial ensembles now include DAB+ services.
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL. COASTLINE is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
A new service has popped up on the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH. LUZERN Pop is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.
In Belgium, the new third-layer ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2 has popped up with test transmissions on Block 5D and with two DAB+ audio services on board. Snapshot added.
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