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
, HBB & Northants
and West Wiltshire
. Various scenarios are being tested.
On the M1, the ensemble HBB & Northants is effectively an MFN, broadcast on Block 10D in the Herts, Beds & Bucks area and Block 10C in Northamptonshire. The two ensembles are co-timed and synchronised. According to whether the receiver is a single tuner device or dual tuner, Service Following allows seamless switching between the frequencies to take place.
Along the M4, the service XFM is available from four different ensembles. The programme audio is identical and on each ensemble the service has the same SId. On each ensemble under test, the EIds and frequencies of alternative ensembles carrying XFM is transmitted. A receiver can determine when the signal falls before a set threshold and use this data to retune to the same service on an alternative ensemble.
Along the M4, the service Heart is available from five ensembles. At certain times of the day, regional variations are broadcast. Along this route, six regional versions are available and each has its own SId. When the regional versions are broadcasting the same programme audio, a receiver can retune automatically to the best available alternative as it passes through the different coverage areas. For situations when regional variations are being broadcast, service linking information is broadcast on each ensemble so that the behaviour of the receiver and the preferred choice of the alternative signal is under the control of the broadcaster rather than taking place automatically.
The FM and DAB versions of BBC London sometimes broadcast different audio. Service Following can be used to guide the behaviour of a receiver when passing through the Dartford Tunnel and using either the FM or DAB signal as an alternative to the other.
Along the M4, the service Heart can be received on FM from various transmitters. At certain times of the day, regional variations are broadcast and during this time the FM PI codes change from the national value to regional PI codes. Service Following guides the behaviour of a receiver in switching between FM and DAB signals according to whether the national programme is being broadcast, or regional variations.
The Service Following trial is scheduled to run until December 31st 2014.
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
- Ladder Hill extends coverage to Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge
- Hazler Hill extends coverage in and around Church Stretton, including the A49
- Machynlleth brings coverage to Machynlleth
- Dolgellau brings coverage to the town of Dolgellau
- Whitworth brings coverage to the Whitworth Valley and surrounding area
- Slapton brings coverage to South Hams
- Clyro brings coverage to Hay-on-Wye and the surrounding villages
- Todmorden extends coverage to the town and surrounding areas
- Nine Barrow Down extends coverage in and around Swanage, and improves coverage in Poole and Bournemouth
- Sudbury improves coverage across Suffolk and extends coverage in the town of Sudbury
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.
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