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Air New Zealand.



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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


New Zealand





New Zealand has adopted the Eureka-147 system for digital sound broadcasting. When spectrum was originally allocated, the Canadian L-band channel raster was adopted and the spectrum corresponds to Channels 8 to 20 under the Canadian scheme. The Canadian numbering has been retained for the New Zealand allotments.

The broadcasters, however, would prefer to use Band III, but the spectrum involved is currently being used by analogue television. This will cease either when digital take-up reaches two-thirds, or 2012, whichever is the sooner. Under consideration is temporary use of a military sub-band, 230 - 240 MHz, until the lower frequencies can be cleared. The tests currently underway in Auckland use a frequency at the upper end of the military sub-band. The New Zealand channel raster being used corresponds to that in use elsewhere, but the New Zealand numbering is different. Block NZ 11C, for example, corresponds to Block 12C in Europe. However the military sub-band was not included in that numbering scheme, and therefore Wohnort lists that frequency by its internationally-known equivalent, Block 13F. Wohnort will use the NZ prefix to denote the New Zealand channels - eg Block NZ 5B (= 6B). Wohnort predicts that insofar as the digital radio audience concerns itself at all with frequencies and channels, some listener confusion is likely, since those receivers that display channel numbers will more likely than not display the non-NZ numbering.



Auckland

This Snapshot made possible by

SM CNS

 
site DAB+ symbol  Band III
Block 13F: 239.200 MHz
Operator: Kordia
Sites: Waiatarua, Sky Tower
On-Air: September 2006


Kordia DAB Pilot
C102
4
Tarana
4
RNZ
Concert
4
RNZ
National
4
BBC
Wld
3
Conc..
Plus
+
4
George
FM
4
Base
FM
3
MAI
FM
3
Sli..
Sho..
3
EPG
I TII
14.04.2008
Kordia DAB+
C102
4
MAI FM
 
 
4
RNZ
Concert
 
4
RNZ
National
 
4
BBC
Wld
 
3
Concert
Plus
+
4
Tarana
 
 
3
 
 
 
3
TRN
EasyMix
+
3
Base
FM
 
3
George
FM
 
I TII
30.09.2010
Kordia DAB+
C102
4
RNZ
Concert
 
4
RNZ
National
 
4
BBC
Wld
 
3
Concert
Plus
+
3
Tarana
 
 
3
 
 
 
4
Base
FM
 
3
George
FM
 
3
Radio
Spice
+
I TII
07.09.2012
 
Base FM9062128 kbit/sStereoCulture
BBC WorldService906364 kbit/sMonoCurrent Affairs
Concert Plus9061112 kbit/sDAB+Serious Classical
George FM9068192 kbit/sStereoOther Music
Radio Spice+906096 kbit/sDAB+Other Music
RNZ Concert9066192 kbit/sJoint StereoSerious Classical
RNZ National9067128 kbit/sJoint StereoVaried Speech
Tarana9004128 kbit/sStereoOther Music
Slide ShowF190000032 kbit/sPacket Data

Source: Observations, 07.09.2012



Wellington


Block 7C: 192.352 MHz
Operator: Kordia
Site: AT&T Tower
On-Air: October 2007


The test transmissions in Wellington are of the same multiplex as Auckland.




New Zealand L-band frequencies
Channel Frequency    Channel Frequency 
DAB7Guard Band   DAB151477.232
DAB81465.024   DAB161478.976
DAB91466.768   DAB171480.720
DAB101468.512   DAB181482.464
DAB111470.256   DAB191484.208
DAB121472.000   DAB201485.952
DAB131473.744   DAB21Guard Band
DAB141475.488   DAB22Guard Band




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