Page Updated:
November 26th, 2014

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DAB+  Band III

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The Ubisound2Go is a DAB+ radio in a mains plug. The display can be swivelled through 360° for optimum legibility. European pins on the AC connector. Available from November 27th.
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DAB+  Band III  bluetooth

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A new Mk III version of the R1 DAB+ radio from Ruark Audio adds Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming.
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Auna Weimar
DAB+  Band III  WiFi  bluetooth

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A DAB/DAB+ and FM radio from Auna with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity for wireless streaming.
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Pure Pop Midi
DAB+  Band III  bluetooth

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A new radio from Pure with DAB+ and DAB radio reception. Operates from AC mains, four AA batteries or using the optional D1 ChargePak. Receivers sold in France will also receive DMB-R (where available, naturally).Amazon.DE will deliver this product to the UK.
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DAB thumbnail   DAB
("original flavour")
DAB+ thumbnail   DAB+
RNT thumbnail   Radio Numérique Terrestre - DMB-Radio
DMB thumbnail   DMB TV
Not backwards compatible   Not
backwards-compatible

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DAB  Band III

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This little receiver created quite a stir when it went on sale in Switzerland as the Microspot RA318. It's small, light and has quite a sensitive tuner. The signal strength meter is particularly useful as you can manually tune the receiver to a particular frequency and the meter will register any signal even when it is not quite strong enough to decode the ensemble data. This radio is usually in Wohnort's travel bag. The receiver is currently on sale in Australia under the name "mbeat" for just AUD 49.
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DAB thumbnail   Pan-European Specification
To be capable of working anywhere in Europe, a "pan-European" radio needs to be able to receive DAB, DAB+ and DMB-A in Band III and L-band.



Band III thumbnail   Band III
Lband thumbnail   L-band

DMB-TH thumbnail   DMB-TH
IBOC thumbnail   IBOC
(aka HD Radio)
ISDB thumbnail   ISDB-T

 
Ensemble Label
EId
3
Stereo
conditional access   3
Stereo
4
Joint
Stereo
3
Joint
St. LSF
3
Mono
3
Mono
LSF
3
Dual
Channel
3
Packet
Data
3
Stream
Data
3
Stereo
AAC
+
3
Mono
AAC
+
IVTII



Latest Updates and News   

November 26th
A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10B in England. Lichfield extends coverage of the local ensemble Derbyshire in South Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire.

November 26th
Two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 10D in the Home Counties. Chepping Wycombe and Hemel Hempstead improve coverage of the local ensemble HBB & Northants in High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Amersham, Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted and along sections of the important M25 and M40 motorways.

November 26th
In Germany, the media regulator for Saarland has granted Radio Salü DAB+ capacity for a further five years.

November 22nd
In the Netherlands, Broadcast Partners has brought a new transmitter into service in Amsterdam, improving indoor coverage of the Block 11C commercial ensemble DAB+.

November 22nd
The first test transmissions have been reported from the forthcoming local ensemble for North West Wales.

November 22nd
The forthcoming local ensemble for North West Wales is expected to launch December 12th 2014.

November 22nd
The forthcoming local ensemble for North Yorkshire is expected to launch December 17th 2014.

November 21st
In Italy, the multiplex operator in Südtirol, RAS, has brought new transmitters into service on Blocks 10B and 10D at Graun, Hohe Scheibe, Kematen, Mühlwald, Rein and Unser Frau.

November 21st
In Rheinland-Pfalz, the public-service broadcaster SWR has taken over the operation of the Block 11A ensemble from Digital Radio Südwest.

November 21st
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster SWR has brought new transmitters into service at Stuttgart-Degerloch, Heilbronn-Weinsberg, Ettligen-Wattkopf and Heidelberg-Königstuhl, extending coverage of the Blocks 8D/9D ensemble SWR BW in Baden-Württemberg. Further transmitters at Oberböhringen and Baden-Baden Merkur are expected to enter service by the end of November.

November 19th
On the Swiss local ensemble DIG D04 - ZURICH, the service TROPIC is reported to have ceased.


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Update History   

November 17th
Three BBC local radio stations in England have begun transmitting a looped announcement on medium wave in place of their usual programes. BBC Radio Lancashire (Oxcliffe 1557 kHz only), BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex will broadcast the loop until December 1st, when the transmitters will be switched off until December 5th. The BBC is conducting a trial (of impact to coverage and of listener reaction) with a view to making savings by switching off AM permanently. Three other stations, BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio Wiltshire and BBC Radio Devon (Torbay 1485 kHz only) will begin a similar trial beginning with a looped announcement from November 24th and the transmitters switched off from December 8th to 12th.

November 17th
In the Czech Republic, the regulator has licenced FM Records s.r.o to operate a nationwide digital radio service "DAB Plus Top 40" for 8 years..

November 17th
Pulse Xmas, Signal Xmas and Wave Xmas have popped up on Bradfrd&Huddersf, Stoke & Stafford and Swansea SW Wales respectively.

November 9th
In France, the regulator has authorised Médiamobile to broadcast a pilot traffic service on DAB in Paris. Information about which ensemble will be used was not included in the announcement.

November 7th
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the addition of Smooth Radio to the local ensembles Derbyshire and Leicestershire, broadcasting in mono. The service is also authorised to drop from stereo to mono on Nottinghamshire.

November 4th
In Germany, the media regulator for Baden-Württemberg, the LFK, has advertised capacity on the Block 11B ensemble DRS BW. On offer are 54 CU. Closing date for applications is November 14th.

November 4th
A new service has popped up on London 3. Share Radio is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s in mono.

October 31st
"The geese are getting fat!" The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised the addition of temporary festive services to be broadcast between November 17th and December 28th as follows: Pulse Xmas on Bradfrd&Huddersf; Signal Xmas on Stoke & Stafford and Wave Xmas on Swansea SW Wales.

October 31st
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Ciociaria extends coverage of Club DAB Italia along the A1 autostrada between Rome and Naples.

October 31st
In Germany, the regulator in Hamburg and Schlewig-Holstein has awarded the entire capacity of an ensemble to Media Broadcast GmbH. The frequency on which the new ensemble will operate is not specified in the announcement. Media Broadcast will operate the multiplex for ten years, and a number of services have been awarded ten-year licences to broadcast in DAB+ by the regulator:-
  • Radio VHR
  • Radio Paradiso
  • Mega Radio
  • Elbe 1
  • 80s80s
Two other broadcasters already have such licences and are expected to be carried on the new ensemble.
  • Hamburger Lokalradio
  • Freies Sender Kombinat (FSK)
The ensemble is expected to begin broadcasting in the first quarter of 2015.

October 30th
A new service, Trash Can Radio, is reported to have popped up on Surrey-NSussex.

October 29th
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Como extends coverage of Club DAB Italia in the city and around the lake.

October 29th
The UK regulator Ofcom proposes to licence up to three pilot small-scale DAB ensembles to further test the development of low-cost transmission methods following on from the Brighton tests in 2013. Ofcom has opened up the subject to a public consultation. The trials are expected to use Block 11A, already cleared for the second national commercial multiplex, prior to the national multiplex being launched. Each transmitter should use an ERP of no more than 100w and it will be for applicants to specify the areas they intend to serve, which should be no more than 40% of the area served by any existing local ensemble for that area. Services on the multiplex will be required to broadcast in "original-flavour" DAB, not DAB+. The pilot ensembles are expected to broadcast for nine months, beginning "Spring/Summer of 2015", and within 12 weeks of a licence award. The closing date for the consultation is December 10th. Ofcom proposes to publish a statement "in early 2015."

October 25th
In Denmark, there have been bitrate increases on the pilot local ensemble NivaaDAB. All seven services that were running at 80 kbit/s are now running at 88 kbit/s.

October 24th
The public-service broadcaster in Bavaria has announced that five new transmitters will be brought into service on October 30th. Burgsinn, Passau, Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm, Untersberg and Jenner (Berchtesgadener Land) are calculated to bring outdoor coverage of the Block 11D ensemble BR Bayern to 92.9% of the population and indoor coverage to 72.3%.

October 20th
On the Block 9B ensemble DAB+ Adelaide, the service SAFM has been relabelled hit107.

October 20th
In France, the regulator has extended the authorisation for the experimental ensemble on Block 9A in Nantes, GRAM, but only until the end of 2014.

October 20th
Muxco, the operator of the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, has announced that two new transmitters will be brought into service on Block 10C on November 1st at Stoke D’Abernon and Hungry Hill.

October 20th
A new transmitter has recently been brought into service on Block 11D at Holcombe Down near Teignmouth, extending coverage of D1 National. Three other sites are planned to be brought into service before the end of the year and a further five are expected in 2015.

October 20th
The BBC has published details of eleven new transmitters brought into service recently on Block 12B, at Beer, Sidmouth, Alton, Llanidloes, Ventnor, Bampton, Winterborne Stickland, Findon, Thornhill, Langholm and Skriaig.

October 17th
On the local ensemble Teesside, the service Heart North East is reported to be running with a new SId.

October 17th
On the local ensembles Teesside and Tyne & Wear, the service Smooth Radio is reported to be running with a new SId.

October 17th
Snapshot of the Block 12D German regional ensemble Bayern updated.

October 17th
The BBC has announced three new transmitters in Scotland on Block 12B. Kirkconnel extends coverage of BBC National DAB to Kirkconnel and Sanquhar for the first time, and extends road coverage along the A76. Melvaig improves coverage in Ross-shire and the isles. Port Ellen extends coverage to the island of Islay.

October 17th
On the Danish ensemble DR DAB1, the service DR MAMA has ceased after programmes ended a couple of weeks ago. DR P8 JAZZ is running at the increased bitrate of 160 kbit/s.

October 17th
Sunrise Radio has popped up on HBB & Northants, Kent and Surrey-NSussex, running at 64 kbit/s.

October 13th
Snapshot updated of the German experimental ensemble in Erlangen, LIKE_IIS.

October 13th
Snapshot updated of the German local ensembles Augsburg and Nuernberg.

October 13th
Snapshot updated of the German local ensemble Ingolstadt. At the time the Snapshot was taken, the service COOLRADIO 1 was running at Protection Level 1.

October 13th
Snapshot updated of the Swiss local ensemble DIG F03 - GENEVE.

October 13th
Snapshots updated of the German ensembles Muenchen and Muenchen IRT.

October 11th
Snapshots updated of the Irish ensembles DAB Ireland Mux1 and DAB Ireland Mux2. Since the last snapshots were taken, the EIds of both ensembles have changed.

October 10th
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR updated.

October 10th
Snapshot updated of the German regional ensemble THUERINGEN.

October 10th
Snapshot added of the new local ensemble in Zürich, DIG D04 - ZURICH.

October 9th
In France, the regulator has published details of the modifications made to the L-band frequency assignments awarded to SAS Onde Numérique in 2013.

October 9th
In Germany, the Bavarian regulator has awarded capacity on the local ensembles Augsburg and Ingolstadt to the service Radio Ilmwelle.

October 9th
In Germany, the Bavarian regulator has awarded capacity on the local ensemble Augsburg to the service Radio PN Eins. The service is already transmitted on the local ensemble Ingolstadt as PN EINS.

October 9th
On South Hampshire, JACK fm Hants has been relabelled JACK fm.

October 9th
In Hong Kong, a new service has popped up on the Block 11C ensemble DAB+ Hong Kong. 13 M Life D is broadcasting at 56 kbit/s using DAB+.

October 8th
Snapshots of the German ensembles NDR NDS, S-ANHALT, K12 S-ANHALT, SACHSEN and K12 SACHSEN updated.

October 7th
On the Czech ensemble TELEKO DAB, the services Radio Vaticana, RTL Classic, RTL Groove and RTL ItalianStyle are reported to have ceased.

October 7th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 7A. Grellingen improves coverage of the regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH in the Basel conurbation. Swiss Mediacast has announced that the next transmitters will be brought into service during 2015 as follows:-
Nordschweiz - Frick
Bern/Fribourg - Chasseral, Fribourg
Ostschweiz - St. Gallen, Herisau

October 7th
Snapshots of the German ensembles DRS RP, hr Radio, DR HESSEN and Radio fuer NRW updated.

October 7th
On West Wiltshire, XFM is reported to have been replaced by Capital.

October 6th
Snapshot of the German ensemble DR Saarland updated.

October 6th
On London 3, the services Radio 1035 and Radio 1458 have been relabelled LYCA DIL SE 1035 and LYCA RADIO 1458 respectively.

October 6th
Snapshots of the Swiss ensembles SMC_D02 and SMC D03 N-CH updated.

October 3rd
In Russia earlier this year, the regulator authorised DAB+ test transmissions to be conducted in Band III.

October 3rd
The UK regulator Ofcom has put back until January 29th 2015 the closing date for applications for the second national commercial multiplex. Ofcom now says it hopes to award a licence "as soon as practicable thereafter". The original closing date was October 30th 2014.

October 3rd
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into operation on Block 12C. Genova extends coverage of Club DAB Italia into Liguria.

October 3rd
In Norway, a new local ensemble has popped up in Østfold on Block 8B, broadcasting ten audio services in DAB+.

October 3rd
In Stockholm, the national ensemble SR RIKS DAB has migrated from Block 12B to Block 12C. The commercial ensemble Teracom Test has migrated from Block 12C to Block 12A. According to the Teracom website, SR RIKS DAB continues to be broadcast on Block 12B in Göteborg and Malmö.

October 3rd
Cornwall and South East Devon snapshots updated.

October 2nd
In Sweden, the media regulator has awarded national DAB licences to 21 programme services operated by six broadcasters. The awards relate to two layers of coverage, subdivisable into 34 regions. The licence conditions stipulate that coverage should reach 35% of the population by July 1st 2016, 50% by July 1st 2017 and 70% by July 1st 2018. The regulator also awarded four regional licences.

October 2nd
In Südtirol (Alto Adige), the multiplex operator and transmission provider RAS has announced that the ensemble DABMEDIA will migrate on October 15th from Block 13A to Block 10C and will be available more or less throughout the province.

October 1st
It's Christmas already in the Netherlands! Sky Radio Xmas has popped up on the Block 11C ensemble DAB+.

October 1st
In Poland, Polskie Radio has advertised contracts for the provision of the broadcaster's services in DAB+. On offer are Koszalin 12D, Olsztyn 10C, Zielona Góra 12C, Białystok 5B, Lublin 10B, Rzeszów 11A

October 1st
In the Czech Republic, the service Radio BEAT has popped up on the ensembles TELEKO DAB and RTI cz DAB.

October 1st
On the Danish national ensemble DR DAB1, the service DR MAMA has been closed. The audio stream carries a looped announcement about the service's closure.

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