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November 14th
n Germany, the media regulator in Bayern has advertised vacant capacity on the Augsburg and Nuernberg local ensembles that are available for immediate use. Two slots of 66 CU each are on offer in Nürnberg and one slot of 54 CU in Augsburg. Closing date is December 12th.

November 14th
In Belgium, DLS messages on "original-flavour" DAB services on RTBF DAB are announcing that they will be replaced by DAB+ versions from tomorrow and advise listeners to rescan.

November 14th
In France, test transmissions continue to be reported for the forthcoming ensembles for Alsace and Strasbourg. From the signals reported, Blocks 6D and 7C may be broadcasting the same multiplexer currently, with both frequencies labelled DigitalRadioH1 and apparently broadcasting the same configuration.

November 14th
Test BXL-BW 2 and Test Nam-Lux 2 snapshots updated.

November 14th
The Belgian regional ensembles Test Bruxelles 1, Test Bruxelles 2, Test Namur 1 and Test Namur 2 have been relabelled Test BXL-BW 1, Test BXL-BW 2, Test Nam-Lux 1 and Test Nam-Lux 2 respectively.

November 14th
A new service had popped up on EuroDab Italia. Radio Italia Rap is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Some existing services have switched to lower bitrates.

November 13th
Two new services have popped up on Trial Cambridge. HCR104fm and Visitor Radio are broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s stereo and 32 kbit/s mono respectively.

November 11th
A new service has popped up on Trial Norwich. Crackers Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. The service Jazz FM Norwich has ceased, following the expansion of SDL National to cover this area.

November 11th
On the local ensemble Suffolk, the service Fun Kids has ceased, following the expansion of SDL National to cover this area.

November 10th
In France, the regulator has advertised capacity on ensembles in Paris, Marseille and Nice. In three cases, the entire capacity of an ensemble is on offer. In Paris (11B), Marseille (5B) and Nice (11B) the service providers awarded capacity in a previous round had failed to reach agreement on a multiplex operator and the regulator withdrew the licences for those providers. The current call amounts to a re-advertising of those ensembles. In other cases, the regulator is advertising vacant capacity on existing ensembles. In the case of Nice 9A, a part-time slot is on offer according to a rather complicated schedule, suggesting that the regulator is aware of two prospective providers who would like to share capacity on that basis. The transmission format T-DMB (as "DMB-A", aka "DMB-R") is still part of the national specification and the advertisement offers each prospective service provider the choice of using either DAB+ or T-DMB. However, the government recently put out to consultation a proposal to remove T-DMB from the specification. Should the government proceed to remove T-DMB during the course of this advertisement, the regulator will amend the terms of the offer to comply with the resulting national specification. The closing date for applications is January 16 2019.

November 10th
The UK regulator has announced details of the expressions of interest received for minimuxes ("Small Scale DAB"). The list is divided into three sections:
1) areas where expressions of interest were received from prospective operators of minimuxes
2) areas where expressions of interest were received from prospective service providers interested in carriage, and
3) areas where expressions of interest were received from prospective operators in which one or more programme services were specified
The level of interest is remarkable. In many areas, multiple expressions have been received. Some areas are exceptional. For example, in the third category, eight expressions of interest were received for Glasgow, six for Leeds and five for Liverpool. For the areas London - central, London - north, London - south, London - east and London - west, a total of 21 expressions of interest were received for one or more of those areas. The UK government is working on the required licensing legislation to enable Ofcom to proceed further. Expressions of interest were received for the Channel Islands. Ofcom notes that as Crown Dependencies, UK legislation would not automatically cover Guernsey or Jersey and it would be for the respective administrations to adopt similar enabling legislation.

November 10th
In Belgium, the two new ensembles in Liège have been relabelled such that Block 8D is now Test Liège 1 and 6B Test Liège 2. A similar thing also happened at the end of September to the Bruxelles tests.