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Archives 2010   

 DAB in 2010 - an End of Term Report

Wohnort invited opinions from members of the DAB industry, and from people who write about DAB, representing different attitudes to DAB as well as different geographic perspectives, to get a balanced sense of what the year's most significant digital radio developments were.

1. Everybody in the radio industry now realizes that radio needs to go digital
2. It becomes clearer that the focus should be on one (modern/digital) distribution platform at a pan-EU level.
3. we have seen the first Pads (Identity etc) and DAB in mobile phones through accessories (iPhone and Nokia)
4. The car industry is coming.
Jørn Erik Jensen, President WorldDMB

2010 has been significant for digital radio in the UK with the launch of the digital radio roadmap, commitment to build out national DAB and increasing integration of IP and broadcast services in hybrid devices.
Mark Friend, Controller of BBC Multi-Platform and Interactive

While there have been some small advances, 2010 may well turn out to have been a year where the expansion of DAB stood still. A combination of market conditions (the dreaded 'recession') and a definite lack of progress in strategically important markets like Germany and France, has resulted in a feeling that 2010 was a year where DAB took two steps forward, and then two steps back.
David Baxter, Revo, UK

We [the Czech Republic] are in the middle of DAB L-band regional tender.
Tomas Rapek, TELEKO

Software defined radio based solution based on CRC open source developments (MMBTools) shows that DAB transmission gets democratised for local broadcasting, communities and developers. A typical low power system for local broadcasting has been demonstrated by EBU at IBC 2010 at a cost of about €3500. Software based radio system may help to lower transmission costs by shifting complexity to generic hardware platforms such as a PC and a generic software radio peripheral.
See http://tech.ebu.ch/events/webinar_opensoftware-definedradio or http://www.slideshare.net/radioradioradio/local-dab-broadcasting for more information.
Mathias Coinchon, EBU

Highlights of 2010 from NOW Digital include the launch of many new services to our local network of DAB multiplexes, some from established broadcasters such as Celador and Absolute Radio, some from new community groups including Angel Radio in South Hampshire. We have also begun roll-out of our DAB EPG and a new event channel called Pop-up Radio has launched in many areas.
Ash Elford, Arqiva

2010 was the year of the DAB scam in the UK. Those duped included Lord Carter, the government and everyone who purchased a DAB radio. Short-term commercial gains maybe but long-term betrayal of the trust between radio and its listenership.
Grant Goddard, writer and consultant

Since the launch of permanent high powered services in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth in August 2009, the industry has been working with broadcasters, manufacturers, retailers and importers to promote the technology to consumers and broadcasters continue to add new content - new digital only content as well as slideshow and text. We have been advised unofficially that over 350,000 receivers have been sold. In the South East Asian region, Hong Kong has issued new licences and new services will be added soon in Indonesia and Malaysia joining Australia, China and Singapore in mandating the Eureka family of standards. We look forward to an even more successful 2011.
Joan Warner, Commercial Radio Australia

Next year we have planned a media campaign for DAB.
We want to organize this together with the RAI and the private sector.
As for the roll-out, we hope that the Ministry next year definitely makes the new allocations of transmission blocks. Only then we will expand the transmission network further.
Georg Plattner, RAS, Süd Tirol, Italy

2010 felt like the year when the debate changed from "Internet OR Broadcast" to "Internet AND Broadcast". Fewer people seem to doubt that radio needs a digital broadcast platform to go alongside internet connectivity, and more people agree that digital broadcast is a more economically credible distribution method for radio than IP alone.
Nick Piggott, RadioDNS

Finally, Wohnort's view of the year's most significant development:-
The open source work by the CRC in Canada, demonstrated by the EBU in Switzerland, and the separate "opendab" work of the Norwegian broadcaster Radio Nova, now on air with a low-cost, local DAB+ trial, both offer the potential to put the digital platform within the reach of community broadcasters or the commercial station within a geographically isolated market. In such scenarios, the cost of DAB or DAB+ becomes more attractive even with only a couple of services on board and it becomes possible to co-exist in digital alongside a national broadcaster or a large commercial operator. Suddenly you don't need to absolutely fill a local mux to break even. Anyone want to run a mux on Shetland?
Wohnort

Thanks to everyone who responded to their invitation.



December 30th 2010
Celtic Music Radio has announced that it will be available in many areas of the UK from January 10th to January 31st on the NOW local multiplexes in England and Wales and the Ayr local multiplex in Scotland, coinciding with the Celtic Connections 2011 festival. The 24hr service will be available on the Pop Up Radio channel on those muxes.

December 29th 2010
The official text of the advertisement of the remaining capacity on the German national multiplex has now been published.

December 28th 2010
Off-topic: Uruguay has announced it will adopt ISDB-T for digital terrestrial television, overturning a previous decision in favour of DVB-T. ISDB-T is effectively the de facto transmission standard for digital television in South America.

December 24th 2010
A new test service is reported to have popped up on DAB+ Sydney 1. Test 1 is reported to be broadcasting the audio of 2MFM 92.1 MHz.

December 24th 2010
Two media companies in Germany, NWZ radio and TV GmbH & Co. KG, Oldenburg and Frank Otto media mbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, have together announced their intention to apply for some of the remaining capacity on the national multiplex. To that end, the two companies have announced that they have concluded contracts with Media Broadcast for the carriage of two services.

December 24th 2010
Two new Services are reported to have popped up on DAB+ Adelaide. TESTD and TESTF are reported to be broadcasting the audio of Lite FM 107.9 and Fresh FM 92.7 respectively.

December 24th 2010
The Regulatory Affairs Commission of the regional media regulators has announced the advertisement of the remaining capacity on the forthcoming nationwide multiplex in Germany. 150 CU are on offer, amounting to about three audio programmes using DAB+. Closing date for applications is January 31st 2011.

December 22nd 2010
Liverpool Snapshot updated.

December 21st 2010
UK TII table updated.

December 20th 2010
A new Service, IBC Asia, has popped up on London 3.

December 20th 2010
In addition to the ensembles already reported, Absolute  C Rock is reported to have popped up on West Wiltshire.

December 18th 2010
A new Service has popped up on Ayr, South East Devon and South East Wales. Absolute  C Rock is reported to be running at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.

December 17th 2010
Swiss TII table corrected and updated.

December 17th 2010
A tender process for the use of L-band frequencies to provide regional coverage is underway in the Czech Republic. On December 6th, applications had been received as follows:-
  • Prague and Central Bohemia
    • České Radiokomunikace a.s.
    • RTI cz s.r.o.
    • TELEKO, s.r.o.
  • Jihočeský
    • RTI cz s.r.o.
  • Pilsen
    • RTI cz s.r.o.
    • TELEKO, s.r.o.
  • Karlovy Vary
    • RTI cz s.r.o.
    • RTV Cheb, k. s.
    • TELEKO, s.r.o.
  • Ústecký
    • RTI cz s.r.o.
    • TELEKO, s.r.o.
  • Liberec
    • RTI cz s.r.o.
    • TELEKO, s.r.o.
  • Hradec Kralove
    • RTI cz s.r.o.
    • TELEKO, s.r.o.
  • Moravia
    • RTI cz s.r.o.
    • TELEKO, s.r.o.
  • Jihomoravský
    • RTI cz s.r.o.
    • TELEKO, s.r.o.
Receivers for L-band are currently few and far between. In view of the Czech perseverance with L-band, a truly pan-European digital radio would need to include Band III, L-band, DAB, DAB+ and DMB-A.

December 17th 2010
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12C. Elgg Schneitberg improves coverage of the ensemble SRG SSR D01 in Elgg, Aadorf, Matzingen and Uesslingen. The transmitter should be considered to be under test intially and may be liable to interruptions and periods of reduced power.

December 16th 2010
The UK regulator Ofcom has granted the radio broadcaster Bauer permission to drop local programme content from its service KISS and to broadcast a single, "national" version of the service. Ofcom have made it a condition of the change that KISS should be broadcast on 35 local multiplexes when the local programming is removed, rising to 38 multiplexes within three months. The change will bring KISS to Scotland and Northern Ireland and extend coverage to areas of England currently unserved by the service. The local ensembles on which KISS is not already broadcast are Aberdeen, Ayr, Birmingham, Bradfrd&Huddersf, Tayside, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kent, Leicestershire, N. Ireland, Nottinghamshire, South Hampshire, Stoke & Stafford and Sussex Coast. By specifying local ensembles, the announcement appears to suggest that the KISS service on Severn Estuary would cease and would be carried instead on South East Wales and Swansea SW Wales.

December 16th 2010
On the ABC/SBS ensembles in Australia, the ABC Extra service has become ABCClassicSeason, "a mix of the traditional and the unexpected" described by ABC as "The perfect soundtrack to your holidays". The temporary service will broadcast until December 26th.

December 16th 2010
Two new services have popped up on DAB+ Adelaide. TESTA and TESTB are reported to be running at 64 kbit/s using DAB+ and broadcasting audio from two local community stations.

December 16th 2010
In Toronto, the on/off/on/off/on/off ensemble CHANNEL 4 is currently.... off. On CHANNEL3, only one service currently has any audio. The rest are silent. From reception reports from the region, it would appear that the Block L6 ensemble CBC DAB may be operating at reduced power.

December 16th 2010
New packet data services have popped up on Berks & N Hants, Kent and Sussex Coast. The EPGs are running at 8 kbit/s.

December 16th 2010
Pure have transmitted an update to all connected Sensia receivers. The new release adds an RSS reader application and improves the Facebook and Weather Apps. It significantly improves the responsiveness of the touchscreen. In addition, the receiver will now prompt for a confirmation when switching it off, to prevent that happening inadvertently. Pure recommend the new version for all users.

December 15th 2010
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Australian ensemble DAB Perth. Test is reported to be running at 64 kbit/s using DAB+ and to be broadcasting the audio of community station 6RTR.

December 15th 2010
On London 2, Absolute90sTemp is reported to have been replaced by Absolute 00s.

December 15th 2010
The Bayerischer Rundfunk has announced that four new DAB transmitters will be brought into service on December 16th. Wendelstein, Dillberg, Würzburg und Hohe Linie (near Regensburg) will greatly expand coverage of the Block 11D ensemble BR Bayern.

December 15th 2010
South African media report that Mobile TV has abandoned plans to use DVB-H in favour of DMB. Test transmissions using DMB have already begun from Sentech's Brixton Towers site in Johannesburg.

December 15th 2010
Off-topic: In Germany, the Landesministerpräsidenten have agreed to a change in the way that the licence fee is collected. Beginning in 2013, the fee will be calculated per household and not per receiver as at present. The proceeds from the licence fee are distributed among the national and regional public-service broadcasters.

December 15th 2010
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12C. Wyssachen Moesli improves coverage of the ensemble SRG SSR D01 in Wyssachen, Eriswil, Huttwil and Dürrenroth. The transmitter should be considered to be under test intially and may be liable to interruptions and periods of reduced power.

December 15th 2010
Private radio broadcasters and the transmission provider Media Broadcast have finally signed contracts for the provision of a national DAB multiplex in Germany. Five companies propose to broadcast seven radio services using DAB+.
  • Entspannungsradio GmbH i.Gr. - "Lounge FM"
  • ERF Medien e.V. - "ERF Radio"
  • Neue Welle Rundfunk-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG - "Radio Rauschgold"
  • Radio 97,1 MHz Hamburg GmbH - "ENERGY"
  • REGIOCAST DIGITAL GmbH - "90elf – Dein Fußballradio", "RemiX Radio" and "litera"
In addition, the national public-service broadcaster DeutschlandRadio will broadcast its three services Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur and DRadio Wissen on the multiplex. It is interesting to see that Energy is reported to be one of the signatories, as it had been reported that they preferred to provide a national service with local opt-outs by means of the local multiplexes. Absent from the list of signatories is Disney who were one of the original applicants. As next steps, the contracts signed today are expected to be laid before the KEF, who distribute the proceeds of the licence fee among public-service broadcasters, fulfilling a condition for the release of funds for the roll-out of DAB to the regional public-service broadcasters and DeutschlandRadio. The regional media regulators are together expected to advertise to other commercial broadcasters the remaining capacity on the multiplex.

December 13th 2010
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12B. Kingsbridge improves reception of BBC National DAB in south Devon. Helston extends coverage in Cornwall.

December 13th 2010
Listing updated of the Hungarian Block 11D ensemble Mux A. Wohnort's test receiver was unable to read the configuration of this ensemble and it was not possible to draw a Snapshot.

December 13th 2010
On Humberside, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Teesside and Tyne & Wear, the Gold services are reported to have ceased and been replaced by Absolute C Rock, running at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.

December 13th 2010
Snapshot updated of the Stockholm/Uppsala/Gävle ensemble Teracom Test. A new Service has popped up since the listing was last updated. Studentradion is running at 56 kbit/s using DAB+.

December 13th 2010
In Stockholm, the Block 12A ensemble of SBS Radio is currently not operational.

December 13th 2010
A new Service, Angel Radio, is reported to have popped up on South Hampshire.

December 13th 2010
On Lancashire, the Service Gold - C Lancs has ceased. A new Service has popped up. Absolute C Rock is running at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. Snapshot updated.

December 9th 2010
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12D. Davos Ischalp improves coverage of the ensemble SRG SSR R01 in Davos Platz, Davos Dorf, Davos Frauenkirch and Davos Glaris. The transmitter should be considered to be under test intially and may be liable to interruptions and periods of reduced power.

December 9th 2010
The Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien has extended until December 31st 2011 the licences of the Services Radio Galaxy and Rock Antenne to use capacity on the Block 12D ensemble Bayern.

December 9th 2010
Australia's regional radio broadcasters have called for a moratorium on the issuing of new analogue licences, at least until planning for the digital future is completed. Meeting in Sydney, the broadcasters called for the planning to be conducted in parallel with the analogue television switch-off [Wohnort: Australian DAB co-exists in Band III with analogue television]. They also called for the regional broadcasters to receive the same spectrum access as the metropolitan broadcasters and for the same non-compete period to be applied to them. They have called for dicussions to begin with Federal Government in 2011 on funding for the regional roll-out.

December 8th 2010
DAB chipset and modules manufacturer Frontier Silicon has announced a "significant financial commitment toward the launch of the new national German DAB+ radio service" by means of a four-year advertising deal with four commercial radio broadcasters that are seeking to operate digital radio services on the forthcoming national German DAB+ multiplex. The Frontier Silicon announcement speaks of an Autumn 2011 launch date.

December 8th 2010
DMB test transmissions are taking place in Johannesburg. The 12-month trial by multiplex operator Mobile TV is reported currently to be broadcasting the TV services SABC1 and SABC2 and the radio services 5FM and Metro FM from the Brixton Towers site of transmission provider Sentech.

December 7th 2010
The Electronic Communications Committee of the CEPT (ECC) has launched a consultation among stakeholders into the future use of L-band (1452 – 1492 MHz). Qualcomm had proposed that consideration should be given to the use of L-band for downlink mobile multimedia, including 3G/4G mobile downlink. Consideration by the ECC of what that would mean for the existing arrangements will be given after the conclusion of the consultation. Stakeholders are asked whether the review should embrace the whole of L-band or only part of it, whether the review should cover only those applications currently authorised for the band, and what would be the consequences for the existing arrangements. WorldDMB has said that it strongly supports the retention of L-band for broadcasting, saying that "mobile broadband is neither financially practicable, nor does it give the wide area coverage necessary to make it a viable alternative to one-to-many broadcast systems." Its President, Jørn Jensen said "While there is certainly a place for radio delivered via the Internet in the consumer’s media day, we believe it to be no substitute for broadcast radio." Closing date for the consultation is January 19th.

December 7th 2010
In Belgium, DAB+ tests continue on the Block 12B ensemble RTBF DAB. One of the DAB+ Services has now been explicitly labelled as a DAB+ version of La Première, DAB+ La Prem1ere. The other three services are still labelled as tests. Belgium listing updated.

December 6th 2010
On the Toronto ensemble CHANNEL 4, the Services MIX 99.9 and THE FAN have suddenly stopped being silent.

December 5th 2010
In Switzerland, this week's edition of the Radio DRS programme "Ratgeber" reported that from 2011 the regional editions of the Radio DRS Regionaljournal would be broadcast on DAB, beginning with Zürich and subsequently other areas of German-speaking Switzerland. This suggests that a third-layer coverage is being planned, which would carry, respectively, the regional version of DRS-1, together with those local commercial broadcasters who wished to be on board.

December 5th 2010
Swiss TII table corrected.

December 5th 2010
Severn Estuary Snapshot updated.

December 5th 2010
London 2 and London 3 (daytime) Snapshots updated.

December 5th 2010
Plymouth, South East Devon and Wolv'ton & Shrop Snapshots updated.

December 5th 2010
Off-topic: The South African Development Community has announced that they have selected the DVB-T2 transmission standard with MPEG-4 coding for terrestrial digital television in the region. This is not formal adoption by the member countries - Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe - but this is expected to follow. Those countries that had already implemented DVB-T (Mauritius has already completed the switch) are expected to migrate to DVB-T2 at a later date. The broadcasting industry in South Africa supported DVB-T2 but there had been recent intensive lobbying on behalf of ISDB-T.

December 4th 2010
The Swiss TII tables have been completely updated and now have a page of their own.

December 4th 2010
UK TII table updated.

December 3rd 2010
The BBC has this week brought into official service three new transmitters on Block 12B. Tiverton extends coverage of BBC National DAB in Devon. Carnmoney Hill improves reception in Belfast and County Antrim. The third, Wrotham, has been present in the Ofcom Tech Parameters for a couple of weeks, but was announced officially today by the BBC. It is a notable addition to the network, being a high-power station whose 10 kW equal those of Crystal Palace and should do much to improve coverage in many parts of London and North Kent.

December 2nd 2010
Bristol and Swindon Snapshots updated.

December 2nd 2010
On DAB+ Adelaide, DAB+ Brisbane 2, DAB Melbourne 2, DAB Perth and DAB+ Sydney 1, the service U20 has ceased.

November 30th 2010
Yo ho ho! Elf Radio has popped up DAB+ Adelaide, DAB+ Brisbane 2, DAB Melbourne 2 and DAB+ Sydney 1.

November 30th 2010
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12A. Frasco extends and improves coverage of the ensemble SRG SSR I01 in the Verzasca valley in Ticino. The transmitter should be considered to be under test intially and may be liable to interruptions and periods of reduced power.

November 29th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Littleborough improves coverage of BBC National DAB around Rochdale.

November 29th 2010
UK TII Table updated.

November 29th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Tully Quarry improves coverage of BBC National DAB around Ballymena in County Antrim.

November 27th 2010
In Hong Kong, the Phase II DAB+ trials ended on November 14th and transmissions ended. The operator Wave Media has been granted permission to conduct a Phase III trial and these began on November 26th. 7 audio services are currently being broadcast. During Phase III, Wave Media will increase the power of Mount Gough to 6 kW and intends to bring a third site into operation at Golden Hill. Wave Media hopes that the present tests will be able to continue right up until the start of the official public service next year and has invited the other broadcasters (Metro, Phoenix and RTHK) who were recently awarded licences to participate in this latest trial.

November 27th 2010
Off-topic: The BBC is not finished rolling out FM just yet. Three new transmitters, Crubenmore on 93.0 MHz, Dalnacardoch Wood on 94.2 MHz and Blair Atholl on 93.1 MHz, have been brought into service along the A9 between Perth and Inverness and fill a long-standing gap of almost 35 miles between Blair Atholl and Kingussie. These new sites are only transmitting BBC Radio Scotland.

November 27th 2010
On the Toronto ensemble CHANNEL 4, the Services MIX 99.9 and THE FAN are reported to have fallen silent.

November 26th 2010
A second service has popped up on the Norwegian local test ensemble LokalDAB.no:Oslo. Latin Amerika is running at 88 kbit/s using DAB+.

November 25th 2010
D1 National Snapshot updated.

November 25th 2010
On South East Devon, the Services Gold - Sth Devon and Heart Devon are reported to be running as Joint Stereo subchannels once more.

November 24th 2010
The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian report today that the UK's commercial broadcasters Golbal Radio and GMG Radio are refusing to broadcast a Christmas ad promoting DAB radio until the Government and the BBC spend more money on the platform. The newspapers report that part of the background to this is the fact that a harsh licence-fee settlement for the BBC included funds for the roll-out of national DAB, but not local DAB. Included in the reports is a quote from a spokesman for the RadioCentre, saying that the commercial broadcasters are in discussion with government about funding for local coverage.

November 24th 2010
On South East Devon, the Services Gold - Sth Devon and Heart Devon are reported to be running as Mono subchannels.

November 22nd 2010
The most recent issue of Ofcom's Technical Parameters spreadsheet includes entries for Wrotham against the two national multiplexes as well as all three London ensembles. UK TII table updated.

November 21st 2010
A new service, Test 1, is reported to have popped up on DAB+ Adelaide.

November 21st 2010
Two new new services are reported to have popped up in Brisbane - Test 1 on DAB+ Brisbane 1 and Test 2 on DAB+ Brisbane 2.

November 21st 2010
On DAB+ Sydney 2, TEST 2 is reported to have been relabelled Inspire Digital.

November 19th 2010
Now you see them, now you don't! The forthcoming transmitters for the second-layer ensemble in Switzerland, indicated for a couple of days on the official Swiss DAB website, have all but one (Morissen in the Surselva) disappeared, suggesting that perhaps we weren't meant to see them just yet. In a previous incarnation, the Swiss website offered three types of transmitter indication rather the the present single one, namely "On Air", "Testing" and "Not Yet in Service". Wohnort thinks it would be useful and confidence-building if such a scheme could be reinstated.

November 19th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. North Hessary Tor improves coverage of BBC National DAB in Devon. UK TII table updated.

November 18th 2010
Two new services are reported to have popped up on the ensemble Regensburg TEST. galaxyII is reported to be using "original-flavour" DAB. Magic Star DAB+ is using DAB+.

November 17th 2010
The coverage map on Switzerland's official DAB website has been updated to show forthcoming transmitters that are to be added to the SMC_D02 network. (Select one of the services on the second ensemble to see the relevant map). Although the transmitters are indicated in the same green colour as the existing network, Wohnort understands that they are not yet on air. The map shading shows the true predicted coverage of the existing network. The additional sites are Medel Vergara, Trun, Morissen, Versam, Valzeina, Ziegelbrücke, St. Gallen, Frauenfeld Haslibuck and Schaffhausen Kohlfirst. The resulting coverage will extend far into eastern Switzerland and along the Vorderrhein valley.

November 17th 2010
Four new audio channels have popped up on the Teracom Test ensemble in Sweden. Teracom Hjärter, Teracom Ruter, Teracom Klöver and Teracom Spader (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades) are broadcasting the same 7-hour long promo from Sveriges Radio using DAB+ at 160, 112, 64 and 48 kbps respectively.

November 16th 2010
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has announced the bringing into service of a new transmitter on Block 12A. Cimadera extends coverage of SRG SSR I01 to the surrounding area, including Valcolla.

November 16th 2010
On London 3, Galaxy has been replaced by The Arrow - Rock, running at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.

November 16th 2010
UK TII table updated.

November 16th 2010
Belgium is testing DAB+. Four services have popped up on the Block 12B ensemble RTBF DAB, running at bitrates of 24, 48, 64 and 80 kbit/s respectively. Listing updated.

November 15th 2010
On the Norwegian national ensemble Norge Riks, Radio 1 Oslo is reported to have been replaced by another service from SBS, The Voice.

November 15th 2010
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12B. Bridport improves coverage of BBC National DAB in and around the Dorset town. Maddybenny More extends and improves coverage in Northern Ireland, including Portstewart, Portrush and Coleraine.

November 7th 2010
The Hong Kong government has announced that it has approved in principle the applications by Metro Broadcast, Phoenix U Radio and Wave Media for DAB capacity. A fourth application was submitted by Commercial Radio, but this was subsequently withdrawn. The licences will run for 12 years, and the government expects services to begin within 18 months of the formal granting of licences. Metro and Phoenix will operate three services each. Wave Media will operate seven. The public-service broadcaster RTHK will also provide DAB services. The government has mandated that DAB+ will be used, enabling all of the new services, including RTHK's, to be carried on a single multiplex. The government is to set minimum criteria for bitrates - 32 kbit/s for speech services, and 48 kbit/s for music, but will allow the service providers some flexibility in how they use their capacity, which will be allocated as a block. The announcement makes no mention of the frequency to be used, although test transmissions are currently taking place on Block 11C, operated by one of the successful applicants, Wave Media.

November 7th 2010
In Toronto, the Blocks L4 and L9 ensembles, CHANNEL 4 and CHANNEL 9 have not been seen for several weeks and are assumed to have ceased... again. (They went off air earlier this year but then returned some considerable time later. Shortly after Wohnort listed them as ceased, in fact.) The Block L3 ensemble CHANNEL3 is still broadcasting, but four of its five services are silent. The fifth, EDGE 102, carries audio but suffers peak distortion. On Block L6, CBC DAB is still transmitting, but reception reports from the area suggest it may be operating at reduced power.

November 4th 2010
The Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has announced that alterations at the transmitter site Winterthur have enabled the radiation pattern of the antennae to be optimised and the transmitted power to be increased. This should result in improved coverage, particularly indoors, of the Block 12C ensemble SRG SSR D01 in Winterthur, along with Effretikon, Rorbas, Andelfingen and Elgg.

November 4th 2010
A new service has popped up on DAB+ Brisbane 1. Radio Free is reported to be running at 64 kbit/s in DAB+.

November 3rd 2010
Kent and Sussex Coast Snapshots updated.

November 3rd 2010
Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire Snapshots updated.

November 3rd 2010
London 2 Snapshot updated.

November 2nd 2010
On the SE Ireland trial ensemble TOTAL-DAB, the Service KCLR DAB+ (0059) has ceased and been replaced by KCLR96fm (004F), broadcasting in Mono "original-flavour" DAB. Tipp FM DAB+ (0056) has ceased and been replaced by Tipp FM (004C), broadcasting in Mono "original-flavour" DAB. The DAB+ service South East Radio (005B) has ceased and been replaced by South East Radio (0047), broadcasting in Mono "original-flavour" DAB. The DAB+ service UCB Ireland (0055) has ceased and been replaced by UCB Ireland (004B), broadcasting in Mono "original-flavour" DAB. At the present time, all the services on the ensemble are transmitting "original-flavour" DAB. Snapshot added.

November 2nd 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Enniskillen improves coverage of BBC National DAB in and around the County Fermanagh town in Northern Ireland.

October 29th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Larne improves coverage of BBC National DAB in and around the County Antrim town in Northern Ireland.

October 28th 2010
A new Service has popped up on the local ensemble Ingolstadt. MagicStar is broadcasting using "original-flavour" DAB.

October 27th 2010
A new Service has popped up on the local ensemble Augsburg. MagicStar DAB+ is broadcasting at 96 kbit/s in DAB+.

October 27th 2010
On Cornwall, Kent, Plymouth, South East Devon and Sussex Coast, Galaxy is running at the reduced bitrate of 112 kbit/s.

October 27th 2010
On Bournemouth, Galaxy and The Coast are running at the reduced bitrate of 112 kbit/s each.

October 27th 2010
On South Hampshire, Galaxy, Gold - Hampshire, Heart Hampshire and The Coast are running at the reduced bitrate of 112 kbit/s each. The Breeze has increased its bitrate to 112 kbit/s.

October 26th 2010
The UK division of the German car manufacturer BMW has confirmed to Wohnort this morning that the DAB+ option will not apply on UK models. Earlier this month, BMW Deutschland announced that, where ordered, the DAB option would henceforth automatically also support DAB+.

October 25th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 8A test ensemble LokalDAB.no:Oslo added. The receiver used was not able to read the full configuration and so the available data has been combined with that obtained from a second receiver. For that reason, the EId and SId are not yet known.

October 25th 2010
A new service has popped up on London 2. French Radio London is broadcasting test transmissions ahead of its official launch next month.

October 23rd 2010
A new service has popped up on DAB+ Adelaide, DAB Melbourne 2, DAB Perth and DAB+ Sydney 1 (and probably in Brisbane as well). Main Stage is broadcasting using DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. On the same ensembles, Barry Comedy and U20 have dropped to 48 kbit/s each.

October 23rd 2010
Glasgow listing updated. Since the previous observation, the SId of LBC 97.3 has changed to (C3C6).

October 23rd 2010
Edinburgh listing updated. Since the previous observation, the SId of LBC 97.3 has changed to (C2C6).

October 23rd 2010
Sheffield listing updated. Since the previous observation, the SId of The Arrow - Rock has changed to (C9C6).

October 23rd 2010
Yorkshire Snapshot updated.

October 23rd 2010
London 1, London 2 and London 3 Snapshots updated.

October 21st 2010
Two new services have popped up in Melbourne. Test 1 on DAB Melbourne 1 and Test 2 on DAB Melbourne 2. Both services are reported to be running at 64 kbit/s using DAB+.

October 20th 2010
Snapshot of the Portuguese ensemble RDP-DAB updated.

October 19th 2010
In Berlin, the Block 9B ensemble that broadcast during the Internationale Funkaustellung has ceased.

October 19th 2010
In Germany, the car manufacturer BMW has announced that the available DAB option will henceforth include DAB+.

October 19th 2010
Switzerland's Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC) has granted DAB+ licences to three new services that will broadcast on the forthcoming second-layer in French-speaking Switzerland. These are new services from Radio Rhône SA, Radio Fribourg/Freiburg SA and Soprodi Sà rl. DETEC's announcement makes clear that no public subsidies are involved. There were originally ten applicants for capacity on the ensemble. Six withdrew their applications subsequently, and of the remaining four, one application has been rejected.

October 15th 2010
D1 National Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the service Absolute80s UK has been relabelled Absolute 80s and its bitrate has reduced to 64 kbit/s. The bitrate of Abs Radio 90s UK has increased to 128 kbit/s.

October 13th 2010
The Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has been granted permission to close its mediumwave transmitter serving the French-speaking region at the end of the year. Sottens will be the final SRG/SSR mediumwave transmitter to close. Beromünster and Monte Ceneri, serving the German- and Italian-speaking regions respectively, ceased in 2008. The transmitted service, Option Musique, is already available on DAB throughout the region, as well as on cable and satellite.

October 13th 2010
The Swiss regulator BAKOM has announced that with immediate effect, any licensed FM station may be broadcast additionally on DAB outside those areas in which it is licensed to broadcast on FM. This is an important consideration for the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in encouraging existing commercial broadcasters to make use of capacity on the forthcoming second-layer ensemble for the region.

October 12th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 9B Singapore ensemble updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the ensemble has been relabelled REDIFFUSION.

October 12th 2010
A new data service, DATA1, is reported to have popped up on the Dutch ensemble MTVNL. The Service 3FM on that ensemble is reported to be running at the lower bitrate of 112 kbit/s.

10.10.10
In Austria, the DVB-H transmissions begun in 2008 look likely to cease at the end of the year. The latest edition of the regulator's newsletter reports that ending the transmissions would release UHF frequencies in the conurbations. The regulators are expected to rework the plans for the migration of radio and TV services to digital. Planning for the introduction of DVB-T2 television transmissions is already underway with a view to a 2012/13 start.

10.10.10
On Yorkshire, the Service SMOOTH Radio is reported to have been replaced by Rock Radio.

October 9th 2010
In South-East Ireland, the pilot ensemble TOTAL-DAB is now operating as an SFN, with the operator, Total Broadcast having reactivated the site in Waterford City. The Service Country Mix has been relabelled Sunshine 106.8.

October 9th 2010
On Severn Estuary, the Service SMOOTH RADIO is reported to have been replaced by Rock Radio.

October 9th 2010
Snapshot added of the Kuala Lumpur ensemble RTM DAB+.

October 8th 2010
A new Service, TEST 2, has popped up on DAB+ Sydney 2.

October 7th 2010
A new Service is reported to have popped up on the Danish ensemble DR DAB2. POP FM is reported to be running at 192 kbit/s in Stereo.

October 7th 2010
Snapshots of the Perth ensembles DAB Perth and PE abc&SBS RADIO updated.

October 7th 2010
The UK regulator Ofcom has announced that it will not licence short-term digital radio services for the period of the 2012 Olympic Games. In April, Ofcom invited expressions of interest and received ten responses. According to Ofcom, a number of these did not relate to providing short-term services on a digital broadcasting platform. In view of the limited response, Ofcom has decided not to proceed.

October 6th 2010
The Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has announced that two DAB transmitters have had their radiated power levels increased. Rigi is an important site, serving a large part of central Switzerland. The higher power levels on Block 12C should benefit the region Sursee and the Muotathal. Similarly, in Ticino/Tessin, the site Monte Bre on Block 12A is now using a modified radiation pattern, which together with an increased power level should improve coverage in Lugano and the surrounding area, such as Taverno.

October 6th 2010
The Independent Commmunications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is reported to have awarded a licence to operate a DMB ensemble to the Mobile TV Consortium. According to the South African website TechCentral which has reported the award (not yet reflected on the official ICASA website), the Consortium expects to be able to launch a pilot transmission "in about a month". This is the second multiplex to be allocated for Mobile TV. Earlier this year, the operators e.tv and Multichoice were awarded 40% and 60% respectively of the capacity on a forthcoming DVB-H multiplex. There are now three systems competing for the South African television market, mobile and fixed. Backers of the "Brazilian variant" of the Japanese ISDB-T are lobbying heavily in the face of DVB-T to be adopted as the national ("fixed") television standard. ISDB-T has its own mobile TV capability, known in Japan as 1Seg, and this has been an important argument deployed by ISDB-T's promoters.

October 5th 2010
Snapshots of the Adelaide ensembles DAB+ Adelaide and AD ABC&sbs RADIO added.

October 5th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Rosneath extends and improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the Firth of Clyde.

October 3rd 2010
Snapshots of the Melbourne ensembles DAB Melbourne 1, DAB Melbourne 2 and ME ABC&sbs RADIO added.

October 2nd 2010
Listing added for the new Stockholm ensemble SBS Radio.

September 30th 2010
Snapshot of the Auckland ensemble Kordia DAB+ updated.

September 30th 2010
Snapshots of the Brisbane ensembles DAB+ Brisbane 1, DAB+ Brisbane 2 and BR ABC&sbs RADIO updated.

September 28th 2010
A third ensemble has popped up in Stockholm. SBS Radio on Block 12A is broadcasting four audio services, all using DAB+. Two of the services are broadcasting the same audio, but at different bitrates.

September 28th 2010
A final decision on the release of funds for the proposed national German ensemble has again been postponed. The KEF, the body that distributes the proceeds of the licence fee among the various public-service broadcasters, has extended until December 15th the deadline by which time the public service and private broadcasters on the one hand, and the transmission provider Media Broadcast on the other, should have upon the terms and conditions for the operation of the national multiplex.

September 28th 2010
In Spain, the government of the autonomous region of the Balearic Islands has advertised capacity on the regional multiplex for the whole of the island group and on local multiplexes for each of the islands Mallorca, Menorca and the Pitiüses.

September 28th 2010
Hong Kong listings updated.

September 26th 2010
Snapshot of the Australian ensemble DAB+ Darwin added.

September 25th 2010
New services are reported to have popped up on the local ensembles in Bayern. On Muenchen, the Service MagicStar DAB+ is reported to be running at 96 kbit/s using DAB+. On Nuernberg, MagicStar is reported to be running at 96 kbit/s using "original-flavour" DAB.

September 25th 2010
Snapshot of the Canberra ensemble DAB+ CBR Trial added.

September 23rd 2010
Snapshots of the Sydney ensembles DAB+ Sydney 1, DAB+ Sydney 2 and SY abc&SBS RADIO added.

September 23rd 2010
On the Block 9B ensemble in SE Ireland, TOTAL-DAB, the Service Total DAB+ Test has been relabelled UCB Ireland and is running at 48 kbit/s using DAB+.

September 23rd 2010
The BBC has brought into service two transmitters in Scotland on Block 12B. Millburn Muir improves coverage of BBC National DAB in and around Dumbarton. Drumcarrow Craig extends and improves coverage in Fife.

September 22nd 2010
Muxco has announced that it has proposed to the UK regulator Ofcom that the North Sussex part of its multiplex area Surrey & North Sussex should be merged with that of the existing ensemble Sussex Coast, operated by Arqiva, to form an enlarged multiplex area covering the whole of Sussex. Muxco proposes that its own multiplex would then "better concentrate on Surrey". Muxco has also proposed to Ofcom that its two multplexes North Wales and Chester & Wrexham should be merged to form an enlarged North Wales multiplex area. Similarly, Muxco proposes to operate, initially, a single multiplex covering its two multiplex areas Gloucestershire and Hereford & Worcester with the option of operating distinct multiplexes when digital listenership has increased. None of Muxco's licensed ensembles is currently operational. Muxco has said that it hopes to announce on-air dates for its first two areas "in the coming weeks".

September 21st 2010
A final decision on the release of funds for the proposed national German ensemble has again been postponed, according to a report by German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. A working group of the KEF, the body that distributes the proceeds of the licence fee among the various public-service broadcasters, met with representatives of the national radio broadcaster DeutschlandRadio and the would-be commercial broadcasters on the ensemble. According to the report, the working group has referred the matter to a plenary session of the KEF, to be held next Tuesday, for a final "final" decision. At issue is the continuing failure of the public service and private broadcasters on the one hand, and the transmission provider Media Broadcast on the other, to agree upon the terms and conditions for the operation of the national multiplex.

September 21st 2010
A low-power ensemble was operated in Lausanne on the occasion of the Label Suisse festival. An open-source encoder, multiplexer, modulator designed by CRC (MMBTools) was used. The installation comprised a single PC running Linux with a 8 channels soundcard and USRP doing the DAB encoding, multiplexing and modulation. A low-power transmitter operated on Block 10A. The same equipment, intended to demonstrate the potential use of DAB in a local and ultra-local context, was also employed at IBC using a low-power transmission within the exhibition hall.

September 21st 2010
Snapshots of the Perth Ensembles DAB Perth and PE abc&SBS RADIO added.

September 18th 2010
Snapshots of the Singapore Ensembles Digital Radio 7B and Digital Radio 7C updated.

September 15th 2010
Listing of the Block 12A ensemble Regensburg TEST updated. As an experimental ensemble, the configuration changes frequently.

September 15th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Tay Bridge improves coverage of BBC National DAB in the Firth of Tay, including the city of Dundee.

September 15th 2010
In Toronto, the three commercial ensembles that disappeared several weeks ago have reappeared as suddenly as they had vanished. On CHANNEL3, EDGE 102 is reported currently to suffer severe peak distortion. On CHANNEL 4, JAZZ FM is broadcasting with audio only on the left-hand channel. On CHANNEL 9, the Service labelled CIAO is broadcasting the audio from the radio station Proud FM. Canada's biggest city thus has four ensembles on air in total, including the CBC mux which continued broadcasting throughout the recent hiatus.

September 13th 2010
The broadcast equipment manufacturer Factum has announced "Germany goes on-air with national DAB+ services using latest technology from Factum". This development has been picked up and reported by a number of other DAB websites. The press release is interesting because there is currently no national multiplex transmitting, nor even, yet, a firm agreement that one will be. Even then, the federal body that distributes the proceeds of the licence fee would need to give that agreement its approval before funds were finally released. What the press release probably refers to is the appearance in Berlin of a multiplex coinciding with the Internationale Funkaustellung and upon which are broadcasting some of the would-be service providers for a national ensemble. The equipment supplied may well be intended to form the backbone of a future national multiplex. A firm contract between would-be service providers, and the would-be transmission-provider is long-overdue and a decision is awaited with such white-knuckle anticipation that it will probably be accompanied by church bells, peeling or tolling according to the outcome, and certainly accompanied by a torrent of press releases from more than just one equipment manufacturer.

September 11th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 12D Nordrhein-Westfalen ensemble NRW K12 updated.

September 11th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 11D Nordrhein-Westfalen ensemble WDR-Mobil updated.

September 11th 2010
Snapshot added of the Block 5B ensemble MTVNL, receiveable in the province South Holland & Zeeland, particularly around The Hague.

September 6th 2010
In Ireland, the Block 12C ensemble has been relabelled RTÉNL DAB MUX1. The EId of the ensemble has changed from (C102) to (C103). This new value was previously the EId of the commercial trial ensemble that operated on Block 12A. The Service RTE RADIO 1 has been relabelled RTE Radio 1. Snapshot updated.

September 6th 2010
Listing of the SE Ireland Block 9B trial ensemble TOTAL-DAB updated.

September 6th 2010
The Service Galaxy has migrated from London 1 to London 3. The Service Choice has migrated in the opposite direction. A new packet data service has popped up on London 1. EPG+Slideshow is running in a shared subchannel whose bitrate is 16 kbit/s. Secondary components to Heart and CAPITAL, namely Heart EPG, Heart Slides and Capital EPG appear to point to the same subchannel.

September 3rd 2010
Snapshots of the Lyon ensembles TDF_DMB_7D and VDL ASF DMB updated.

September 3rd 2010
A new Ensemble is reported to have popped up in Berlin on Block 9B. According to reports, seven audio services are being transmitted, five in DAB+ and two in "original-flavour" DAB. Berlin is once again host to the Internationale Funkaustellung, beginning today and running until September 8th.

September 3rd 2010
A new Service is reported to have popped up on the Block 7D Swiss ensemble SMC_D02. RADIOFESTIVAL+ is a special-event service running in connection with the International Radio Festival being held in Zürich, September 5th to 11th.

September 3rd 2010
In Hong Kong, the broadcaster Commercial Radio is reported to have withdrawn its application for a DAB licence. The remaining applicants are Metro Broadcast, Phoenix Radio and Wave Media.

September 2nd 2010
Snapshots updated of the Paris ensembles towercast DMB 9A, towerCast DMB 9B and TDF_DMB_11C. The Block 11B ensemble VDL - DMB was not transmitting when these Snapshots were taken.

September 2nd 2010
Details added for the Block 5A Nantes ensemble GRAM.

September 2nd 2010
A new Service has popped up on the local ensembles Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Muenchen and Nuernberg. RT1 IN THE MIX is running everywhere at 160 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.

September 1st 2010
Two new Services have popped up on South East Wales. AbsoluteRadio90s is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. NME Radio is running at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. The Service dabbl radio has ceased.

September 1st 2010
Ayr Snapshot updated.

September 1st 2010
On DRN Sch-Holstein, DRN HAMBURG, DRN Nieders. and DRN MECKL VORPOM, the Service NDR 2 Plus has been replaced by NDR 2, running at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.

August 30th 2010
In France the DAB+/DMB-A trial at Nantes has migrated from Block 9A to Block 5A. Of the 12 audio services on the ensemble, only one is reported to be using the French government's preferred DMB-A system, the others are using DAB+.

August 28th 2010
The Swiss media website persoenlich.com is reporting that the planned launch of five HD Radio (aka IBOC) services in the FM band will not now take place. The website reports Markus Ruoss, owner of Radio Sunshine and one of the backers of the Swiss HD Radio project as saying that one of the conditions had been the participation of one of the Zürich stations. The company Tamedia is reported to have decided that neither the Bern station Capital FM nor the Zürich station Radio 24 would invest in HD Radio. Approaches made to Ringier's Energy Zürich and Energy Bern had been unsuccessful. According to remarks attributed to Ruoss, he personally regards the "HD radio chapter" as closed.

August 28th 2010
On the Norwegian national ensemble Norge Riks, the Service P5 Oslo has been relabelled P5 Bergen and is broadcasting the alternative regional programming.

August 27th 2010
The trial local ensemble in Oslo is reported to have popped up. LokalDAB.no:Oslo is transmitting on Block 8A and will test DAB+. Reports vary as to how many services are being transmitted currently. At any rate, and especially initially, as a test ensemble, the configuration is likely to vary from time to time.

August 26th 2010
In Toronto, the Blocks L3 and L4 ensembles, CHANNEL3 and CHANNEL 4 have ceased. Only one ensemble remains in Toronto, CBC DAB on Block L6, from the Canadian public-service broadcaster.

August 25th 2010
A new Service has popped up on D1 National. When observed, Abs Radio 90s UK was pointing to the same audio stream as AbsoluteRadExtra.

August 25th 2010
On London 2, the Service SMOOTH RADIO is reported to have been relabelled Announcement.

August 24th 2010
Two new ensembles have popped up in the Czech Republic, one in Band III and the other in L-band, both transmitting the same multiplex and both in Příbram. The parallel transmissions on Blocks 11D and LI are broadcasting five audio services. Radio Proglas and DANCE RADIO are running at 192 kbit/s in original-flavour DAB. Rádio Wave, D-dur and Leonardo are transmitting at 64 kbit/s using DAB+.

August 24th 2010
The Korea Herald reports that Cambodia has selected DMB as its mobile broadcasting standard and that test transmissions are already underway. According to the report, regular broadcasts are expected by the end of the year.

August 24th (6)
On Ayr, Cambridge, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, South East Wales and Sussex Coast, the Service Information has been relabelled Pop Up Radio.

August 22nd 2010
DAB+ tests are expected soon in the Oslo region. The Medietilsynet (Norwegian Media Authority) has licensed Radio Nova, a student radio service, to use Block 8A until July 31st, 2011.

August 20th 2010
London 3 Snapshot updated.

August 20th 2010
Snapshot added of the new Block 11A ensemble at Rouen, RANUTER - SANEF. Four services are currently being transmitted - two DMB-A, one packet data, and one "original-flavour" DAB service.

August 19th 2010
A new ensemble has popped up at Rouen in France, broadcasting on Block 11A. One DMB-A service is reported currently, 107,7 FM at 128 kbit/s.

August 17th 2010
London 1 Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot, the Service MAGIC has been running at the increased bitrate of 128 kbit/s. The packet data subchannel that existed as the Secondary Component Slideshow to several services has ceased. It may be coincidence, but its departure took place about the time a number of internet posters reported that the new Picasa software from Pure does not play slideshows that exist within their own subchannel.

August 16th 2010
Correction: On D1 National, the Service AbsoluteRadExtra is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono with full-rate sampling.

August 15th 2010
Two new Services are reported to have popped up on the Block 5B South Holland ensemble MTV NL. NL1 BIFS is running at 384 kbit/s. Visual Radio is running at 128 kbit/s.

August 15th 2010
On Bristol, the Service Information has been relabelled Pop Up Radio and has the PTy "Leisure". Similar changes are likely to ripple across the other NOW ensembles.

August 15th 2010
On D1 National, the football Service AbsoluteRadExtra has been launched, running back at the higher bitrate of 80 kbit/s in Mono with half-rate sampling.

August 14th 2010
According to reports from the reception area, on the Block 12C Bologna ensemble AERANTICORALLO02, since the last Snapshot was taken the Services CITTA' DEL CAPO, LOVE FM, RADIO ICARO and VERONICAHITRADIO have ceased. These changes may have taken place some time ago.

August 12th 2010
According to reports from the reception area, DAB+ transmissions have popped up on Block 10B in Darwin, Australia. Initially, these broadcasts are liable to interruptions and periods of reduced power.

August 12th 2010
On D1 National, the Service ARX Test has been relabelled AbsoluteRadExtra and is now running at the lower bitrate of 64 kbit/s in Mono at half-rate sampling. Snapshot updated.

August 10th 2010
Commercial Radio Australia has announced that DAB+ test transmissions are due to begin in Darwin this month.

August 9th 2010
Snapshots of the Oslo MiniTV ensembles updates. Since the last Snapshots, the SIds of services on MiniTV1 have been swapped around. The EId of MiniTV2 has changed and is currently an unusual value for a Norwegian ensemble.

August 7th 2010
A new service has popped up on London 3. Desi Radio is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s in Mono.

August 7th 2010
Norwegian ensembles Norge Riks, Oslo/Akers/Østfo and Østafjells Snapshots updated.

August 6th 2010
A new service has popped up on the Block 11A ensemble Ingolstadt. COOLRADIO JAZZ is broadcasting at 160 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. COOLRADIO has been relabelled COOLRADIO 1.

August 6th 2010
On D1 National, the Service Velvet2 has been relabelled ARX Test and is now running at the higher bitrate of 80 kbit/s in Mono at half-rate sampling. The Service D1 TestA has ceased. Snapshots updated.

August 5th 2010
On D1 National, the Service Velvet1 has been relabelled Smooth Radio UK.

August 4th 2010
On the Block 12A ensemble Muenchen IRT, the Service on3radio has been replaced by IRT-Test DMB, running at 632 kbit/s. The packet data service BWS has been relabelled IRT-BWS.

August 4th 2010
The Swiss regulator BAKOM has authorised three FM stations to broadcast using the hybrid mode of the HD Radio system, also known as IBOC. According to the amended licences, Sunshine Radio, Central FM and Argovia must begin transmitting the additional digital signals by December 31st 2010. The amended frequency assignments are subject to international co-ordination.

August 3rd 2010
On London 3, the Service PASSIONftPLANET has ceased.

August 3rd 2010
In Germany, the Regulatory Affairs Commission (ZAK), a joint body of all the regional Landesmedienanstalten, has allowed the prospecive service providers and the transmission provider Media Broadcast more time to complete their negotiations over the terms and pricing of carriage. The ZAK had been due to make a decision on the division of capacity on the forthcoming national DAB multiplex, and the successful negotiation of transmission contracts had been a pre-condition.

August 3rd 2010
Two new audio services are reported to have popped up on the Block 10B ensemble in Canberra. SBS Chill and SBS PopAsia are reported to be running at 80 kbit/s using DAB+.

August 1st 2010
HD Radio transmissions are taking place in Romania. The Bucharest FM station Radio Guerilla is broadcasting the digital signals on 94.8 MHz. There is also a DAB multiplex operating in the Romanian capital on Block 12A. Three audio services are being transmitted in "original-flavour" DAB. Three other services are reported to be silent.

July 31st 2010
A new Service has popped up on South Hampshire. The Breeze is running at 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF. The Service Information has ceased.

July 30th 2010
Two new transmitters have been brought into service in Switzerland. Rigi and Solothurn extend and improve coverage of the Block 7D ensemble SMC_D02.

July 21st 2010
According to a reception report in pro-dab.de, the Ensemble WDR-DMB has popped up again on Block 11D.

July 20th 2010
Pure have released a software update for their Sensia receivers. V2.0 adds support for the Slideshow feature of DAB/DAB+ that is utilised by some broadcasters. Pure have also ported into Sensia the Picasa photo-editing and sharing software from Google, meaning that the Sensia DAB radio can log into the Google account and view a slideshow of albums either in one of the screen's panes or in full-screen mode. The app is included in the V2.0 update.

July 20th 2010
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12B. Mendlesham extends and improves coverage of BBC National DAB in Suffolk and north Essex. Geddington improves coverage in Northamptonshire, including Corby and Kettering. UK TII table updated.

July 16th 2010
A new service has popped up on ensembles in each of the five Australian "DAB+ capitals" - Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Barry is a comedy channel, running, typically, at 64 kbit/s in DAB+.

July 16th 2010
UK newspaper the Daily Mail is offering a digital radio, the Pure Mi, "free for every reader", with details in Saturday's edition.

July 16th 2010
On D1 National, the Service Velvet has been relabelled Velvet1. A new Service has popped up. Velvet2 points to the same audio stream on the ensemble as Velvet1. Snapshot updated.

July 15th 2010
A new ensemble has popped up in Australia. Ten audio services are being broadcast using DAB+ on Block 10B in Canberra, using the Black Mountain transmitter site. These broadcasts are classed as trials, and the licence with the ACMA is for one year.

July 13th 2010
On D1 National, the Service NME Radio UK has been relabelled Velvet and is running at the higher bitrate of 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. The packet data service ITIS_MILE TPEG has been relabelled MILE(UK) ITIS

July 13th 2010
The UK regulator Ofcom is conducting a public consultation on its proposals for the renewal of radio multiplex licences. Of particular interest to Wohnort is a proposal "not to require any licensee to expand coverage to currently unserved areas, EXCEPT [Wohnort's emphasis] where any such expansion has already been announced by the licensee, or was part of its original application for the licence but has not yet been implemented." A number of applicants for existing licences undertook to introduce additional transmitters during the term of their licence and have not done so. Some of the undertakings, however, were conditional upon receiver take-up.

July 12th 2010
In Australia, the time-shifted services of public-service broadcaster SBS, SBS Radio_1+2h and SBS Radio_2+2h, have ceased. The live versions of those services, SBS Radio 1 and SBS Radio 2, are now running at the higher bitrate of 64 kbit/s each.

July 10th 2010
A new DMB service has popped up on the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL. NED2 is running at 280 kbit/s.

July 10th 2010
Snapshot of the Swiss ensemble SMC_D02 updated.

July 10th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 11B Stuttgart ensemble SWR Test updated.

July 10th 2010
DAB Baden-Wuert. Snapshot updated.

July 10th 2010
Rheinland-Pfalz Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Service DRADIO WISSEN has been relabelled DRadio Wissen.

July 6th 2010
On the Norwegian ensemble Norge Riks, the Service P4 LydenAvNorge is now running at the lower bitrate of 160 kbit/s.

July 6th 2010
On the Toronto Block L3 ensemble CHANNEL3, only EDGE 102 carries any audio. The remaining services on the ensemble are silent.

July 6th 2010
In Toronto, the Block L9 ensemble CHANNEL 9 has not been seen for a couple of weeks and is assumed to have ceased.

July 5th 2010
In its interim review of cost-saving proposals made by BBC management, the BBC Trust, which is the corporation's governing body, has announced that it does not believe a case has been made for the closure of 6 Music. The Trust, however, agrees that a case has been made for the closure of BBC Asian Network, and will consider a formal request for it to cease, providing the BBC management can convince it that alternative proposals, for example to incorporate the progamming into local radio schedules, would adequately serve the British Asian audience.

July 5th 2010
Broadcasters, regulators and transmission providers have agreed upon the transmitter network and coverage during the initial phase of the DAB relaunch in Germany. The major conurbations and the main traffic routes will be served using the most efficient transmitter sites. The plans will now be checked to ensure there is no unnecessary duplication of coverage. In the next round of talks, to be held July 16th in Bonn, the pricing and contracts between the broadcasters and the transmission providers will be discussed.

July 5th 2010
Two new Services have popped up on the Norwegian ensemble Norge Riks. Radio 1 Oslo and Radio Norge are both running at 160 kbit/s.

July 3rd 2010
Bristol, London 2 and Severn Estuary Snapshots updated.

July 2nd 2010
Berks & N Hants, Bournemouth, South East Wales and South Hampshire Snapshots updated.

July 2nd 2010
Swindon Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Service dabbl radio has been replaced by AbsoluteRadio90s.

July 1st 2010
A new Service has popped up on the Norwegian ensemble Norge Riks. NRJ NORGE is reported to be running at 160 kbit/s. P5 Oslo is reported to have dropped to 128 kbit/s.

July 1st 2010
The map on the official Swiss DAB site has been updated to show two new transmitters in service, at Wasserfluh and Sisach, broadcasting the ensemble SMC_D02.

July 1st 2010
A new Service has popped up on the Norwegian ensemble Norge Riks. P5 Oslo is reported to be running at 192 kbit/s.

July 1st 2010
The Media Regulator in Norway and the Norwegian Spectrum Reguator have received an application for a temporary DAB licence in the Oslo area. In order to give all interested parties the opportunity to express an interest, both regulators are inviting competing applications by July 11th. Any award made would be for a period of one year and the use of the DAB frequency will be subject to co-ordination with neighbouring administrations.

June 30th 2010
The map on the official Swiss DAB site has been updated to show a new transmitter in service at Geuensee Hoechweidwald, broadcasting the ensemble SMC_D02. The map also indicates the resulting extension to coverage, which includes the city of Luzern.

June 29th 2010
London 3 Snapshot updated.

June 29th 2010
The map on the official Swiss DAB site has been updated to show a new transmitter in service at Olten, extending coverage of the ensemble SMC_D02.

June 28th 2010
The Norwegian media regulator has awarded capacity on the country's national ensemble to four commercial broadcasters, whose services are expected to pop up on the multiplex very soon. NRJ, P5, SBS Radio and Radio Norge will benefit from 80% national coverage. In administrative terms, the regulator describes the allocations as "temporary", because a Digital Radio white paper is to be discussed in Parliament. However, the regulator states that there is nothing to prevent the licences being renewed for a further year when they expire on July 1st 2011. If, as a result of legislation, permanent licences can be awarded before that date, they will replace these temporary ones. The white paper is expected to be presented in autumn 2010.

June 28th 2010
The regional media regulators in Germany, the Landesmedienanstalten, have welcomed Friday's decision by the KEF to release previously-frozen funds for the roll-out of DAB, describing the decision as a "green light" for the relaunch of digital radio. The Director-General of Deutschlandradio, to whom one third of the capacity on the forthcoming national multiplex has been allocated, described it as "an important step in securing the future of the radio medium in a digital age." The dates cited in press releases vary according to the originator and the context. Deutschlandradio, referring to the forthcoming national ensemble, speaks of "towards the end of this year". Other announcements, for example from the Landesmedienanstalten and describing the relaunch generally, speak of 2011.

June 25th 2010
The German authority that distributes the proceeds of the license fee among the public-service broadcasters, the KEF, has recognised the financial needs of the broadcaster Deutschlandradio in respect of its three services to be broadcast on the forthcoming national multiplex and the financial needs of the regional ARD broadcasters for their plans for the "radio of the future", but has attached strings. The roll-out of the Deutschlandradio services must be coordinated with that of the regional broadcasters in the ARD and of the commercial broadcasters. The broadcasters must report to the KEF in September on the outcome of their contractual negotiations with the transmission provider Media Broadcast. Deutschlandradio and the ARD broadcasters will be required to make a financial case to the KEF in September for the continuation of (analogue) long, medium and shortwave broadcasts. The KEF will consider whether, in view of the expansion of internet radio and the rollout of DAB, the long, medium and shortwave broadcasts are economical.

June 22nd 2010
On BBC National DAB, BBC Radio 4 has sprouted a Secondary Component. BBC Tennis is running at 64kbit/s in Mono.

June 18th 2010
A new Service has popped up on Essex. AbsoluteRadio90s replaces dabbl radio.

June 18th 2010
A new Service has popped up on Bristol. AbsoluteRadio90s is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. dabbl radio has ceased.

June 18th 2010
A new Service has popped up on Berks & N Hants. AbsoluteRadio90s is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. dabbl radio has ceased.

June 18th 2010
A new Service has popped up on South East Wales. dabbl radio is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.

June 18th 2010
The Swedish parliament has passed a new radio and television law that will permit new as well as established private radio service providers to apply for digital radio licences. The new law comes into effect on August 1st. One of the first consequences of the new legislation is likely to be that the Block 12D/13C/13F transmissions in Stockholm, Uppsala and Gävle evolve from their current "test transmission" status into a full public service. Wohnort understands that new transmissions are being considered in other parts of the country.

June 18th 2010
On London 3, the Service NME Radio has ceased. On D1 National, the Service NME Radio UK continues as an automated music feed since the radio station ceased live programming last weekend.

June 15th 2010
The Canadian public-service broadcaster CBC notified the regulator CRTC in May of the closure of its Block L4 ensemble in Montreal CBC Radio-Canada. The CRTC has today revoked the licence, indicating that the ensemble has now ceased. In Toronto, all of the city's ensembles are currently broadcasting as before.

June 14th 2010
The Landesmedienanstalt Saarland has granted the Walt Disney company permission to operate a national radio service "Radio Disney". Walt Disney is one of the applicants for capacity on the forthcoming national DAB+ ensemble, and it is one of the pre-conditions to being awarded the capacity that they should have been authorised to have a national service in the first place. A decision on the nationwide DAB+ capacity is still pending.

June 13th 2010
Snapshot of the Stockholm Block 12D ensemble Teracom Test updated.

June 11th 2010
D1 National Snapshot updated. The Service D1 Test 1 (C000) has ceased and been replaced by D1 TestA (C4C0).

June 11th 2010
The Media Guardian reports that NME Radio UK is to close, becoming an online music service only. The Service is currently carried on D1 National.

June 11th 2010
A new Service has popped up on the second-layer Swiss ensemble SMC_D02. RADIO MARIA+ is broadcasting at 64kbit/s using DAB+ and is the fourteenth service on the ensemble.

June 11th 2010
Snapshots of BBC National DAB added, showing the configurations when BBC R5LiveSportX is running. The bitrates of BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Guide, and BBC Travel can be reduced to accomodate the additional service.

June 10th 2010
Industry Canada, a department of government, is conducting a public consultation on a "Digital Economy Strategy for Canada". Unlike in the recent British debate, where the government tabled concrete proposals for the development of digital radio in the United Kingdom, and despite chapters entitled "Capacity to Innovate Using Digital Technologies" and "Digital Media: Creating Canada’s Digital Content Advantage", the expressions "DAB", "DRB" or "digital radio" feature nowhere in the Canadian consultation document. There is a public portal, however, for concerned Canadian citizens to contribute to the debate. The consultation currently is open for 29 more days.

June 10th 2010
Wohnort went a-checking the digital radio market in France today and, for starters, entered the search term "radio numérique" chez Amazon.fr. 304 results! But wait a minute... the first six suggestions are all AM/FM receivers. Nothing digital about them at all, apart from the tuned frequency being displayed by a row of numbers rather than a pointer on a dial. Number 7 is a DAB model from Sangean. Suggestion number 19 is the Evoke flow DAB portable from Pure.

In all, out of the first 100 suggestions, only 16 "radios numériques" were actually DAB receivers, thanks mostly to a late rush by Roberts whose Duck Blue, Cocoa, Red, Green, Bourgogne, Cream, Leaf Green and Pastel Rose retro Revival models rushed in at numbers 93 onwards. All DAB receivers.

HANG ON! Isn't France's technical standard DMB-A, that then Culture Minister Christine Albanel declared (in 2007) would "soon be setting an example to other countries"? But among the 16 truly digital radios offered, not one of them is described as either DMB-A, DMB, T-DMB or RNT.

In fairness, the majority of the 16 are offered by a third-party vendor, Zeus Audio, but if "Wohnort's Rule" applies, that "if it doesn't say 'X' it probably isn't 'X'", then there are going to be some disappointed listeners. And if they ARE suitable for France, why not say so?

Maybe Wohnort's search terms were at fault. OK..... "DMB" produces 36 results, not one of which is a radio receiver. "T-DMB" produced two books and an mp3 download with an Explicit Lyrics warning. I know the feeling. "DMB-A" was more battery chargers and screen protectors. "RNT" also unproductive.

Other French retailers, it has to be said, do rather better. FNAC and Darty both stock a number of receivers described as Radio Numérique Terrestre or RNT, which being the marketing description of DMB-A is pretty clear. Caveat emptor! Amazon.fr has not responded to Wohnort's request for clarification of the products being sold.

June 9th 2010
On London 2, the Service Absolute80Temp has been relabelled AbsoluteRadio90s.

June 7th 2010
As of the most recent issue, Ofcom's Tech Parameters spreadsheet now includes details for BBC sites.

June 7th 2010
The Fachhochschule Kaiserslautern and the regional media regulator in Rheinland-Pfalz, the Landeszentrale für Medien und Kommunikation have published the results of the recent field trials which took place in Kaiserslautern where both DAB/DAB+ and DRM+ were transmitted side by side in Band III to assess the possibility of them being able to co-exist. Other documents published propose a frequency planning scenario in which a DAB frequency block could be sub-divided into potential DRM+ allocations. The documents suggest an environment in which DAB/DAB+ provides nationwide and regional coverage, while DRM+ fulfills a local role. A paper presented by the Austrian regulator, the RTR, shows a possible strategy under consideration for the introduction of digital radio in Austria.

June 7th 2010
A new Service has popped up on London 3. IBC Tamil is runing at 64 kbit/s.

June 5th 2010
Netherlands listings revised.

June 5th 2010
Singapore listings updated.

June 4th 2010
N. Ireland Snapshot updated.

June 3nd 2010
EuroDAB Italia Snapshot updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Service Radio Radio DAB+ has ceased. The remaining services on the ensemble are now running with increased Protection.

June 3nd 2010
Snapshot of the Black 13E Rome ensemble ClubDAB - RaiWay updated.

June 3rd 2010
DAB transmissions have resumed in Hong Kong. Wave Media, the operator of the previous trials has obtained a license to conduct a second phase through until November. According to Wave Media, this second phase will operate at a higher ERP and will have a third transmitter at Golden Hill added to the SFN. Wave Media are one of four applicants for a full DAB broadcast license. Three are existing broadcasters - Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited, Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited, Wave Media Limited. The fourth is from a prospective new broadcaster - Phoenix Radio Limited.

June 3rd 2010
Observation of the south east Ireland test Total-DAB was attempted along the N11 between Enniscorthy and Ferns with clear line of sight to Blackstairs Mountain for much of the route. The ensemble was captured briefly south of Ferns, but not long enough for a full Snapshot to be recorded. The ensemble was observed to be broadcasting EId (0000).

June 3rd 2010
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission as awarded three L-band frequencies (LA, LB and LC) to Asia Media Sdn Bhd. Asia Media plans to use the spectrum for T-DMB broadcasts to deliver digital TV, radio and data to passengers on public transport.

June 3rd 2010
A new transmitter has been brought into service in Switzerland. Winterthur Brüelberg extends and consolidates coverage in and around Winterthur of the second-layer ensemble for the German-speaking region, SMC_D02 and brings to seven the number of transmitters now operating in the SFN.

June 3rd 2010
Off-topic: Paraguay has adopted the Japanese ISDB-T as its digital television standard, in line with most Latin American countries.

June 2nd 2010
On D1 National, the Service Panjab Radio UK (C4C0) has ceased. A test Service has popped up. D1 Test 1 (C000) is running at 64 kbit/s, Mono LSF. Snapshot updated.

June 1st 2010
BBC Northern Ireland has announced that for a six month trial period, at certain times of the day, its capacity on the local ensemble N. Ireland will be divided to allow the programmes of BBC Radio Foyle to be broadcast. At those times, both it and BBC Ulster will be broadcast in Mono. At other times, when Radio Foyle and BBC Ulster are broadcasting the same programme, the two services will point to the same Joint Stereo audio stream.

May 28th 2010
Snapshot added of the Block 13F Rome ensemble CR DAB+.

May 28th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 7B Vatican City ensemble DMB Vaticano updated.

May 28th 2010
On the South East Ireland test ensemble Total-DAB, KCLR 96FM is now running in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s and TippFM is running in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. CountryMix and Beat 102103 continue to run in original-flavour DAB but at the increased bitrate of 160 kbit/s.

May 26th 2010
A new service has popped up on Bournemouth and South Hampshire. Fire Radio is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono on both.

May 26th 2010
In France, a new ensemble has popped up in Nantes. According to French media reports, the test transmissions are expected to last into the summer and will broadcast using both DMB-A and DAB+. The start of transmissions coincides with a meeting of the Syndicat National de Radios Libres being held in the city. The association Digital Radio, of which the SNRL is a member, has previously called upon the government to permit DAB+ to be used alongside the government's preferred choice, DMB-A. Eleven services are reported to be being broadcast - RFI, Radio FG, TSF Jazz, Ouï FM, LCI Radio, SUN, Jet, Euradio, AlterNantes, Prun', Fidélité.

May 25th 2010
Roberts Radio "Classic Lite" portable added to DAB+ Receivers page. Note: As a matter of policy, Roberts do not enable UK models for DAB+.

May 25th 2010
Commercial Radio Australia and Beijing Jolon Digital Media Broadcasting are to collaborate on the development on an enhancement for DAB+ known as Push Radio and which will allow a podcast to be sent to an enabled receiver without the need to connect it to the internet. It is indended to conduct a trial in Australia later in 2010.

May 24th 2010
Off-topic: 3D television transmissions have popped up on Australian terrestrial networks. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has issued licences to allow the Nine Network and the SBS to conduct scientific trials of 3D TV in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle and Wollongong between 19 May 2010 and 19 July 2010. According to reception reports from Australia, test transmissions have already begun in some of those areas.

May 24th 2010
A new service has popped up in Australia. Caravan Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ in all five metro cities and replaces Choose the Hits.

May 24th 2010
The listings for the London ensembles have been moved to the UK National and Regional page.

May 24th 2010
On Bournemouth, the Service Information has ceased.

May 24th 2010
On London 3, the Service Q Radio has ceased.

May 24th 2010
On London 2, the Service Absolute 80s has been relabelled Absolute80Temp. Snapshot updated.

May 23rd 2010
West Midlands Snapshot updated.

May 22nd 2010
A new ensemble has popped up in the Netherlands, receivable in and around South Holland. MTVNL on Block 5B is reported to be broadcasting one audio service - 3FM at 128 kbit/s with the PTy 'Pop Music' and two video services - BVN and NED1, each at 280 kbit/s.

May 22nd 2010
Snapshot of the Irish ensemble DAB Ireland Mux1 updated. The reported test ensemble Total-DAB was not received in Waterford City when attempted on May 21st.

May 22nd 2010
The Dutch regulator, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, has been making public some detail of the future licensing regime for analogue radio. The Ministry proposes that future extensions for both AM and FM licenses should be conditional upon the applicant also broadcasting by means of DAB. In a separate publication, the SEO Economic Research has published the results of a study on behalf of the Ministry. Its conclusions make clear a strong preference in the Netherlands radio market for using DAB+.

May 22nd 2010
The Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority has received four applications to provide DAB services. Three are existing broadcasters - Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited, Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited, Wave Media Limited. The fourth is from a prospective new broadcaster - Phoenix Radio Limited.

May 21st 2010
The Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien has licensed two services to be broadcast on local ensembles in Bayern. Bäumler Studiotechnik is allocated capacity on the Ingolstadt Block 11A ensemble for a jazz music service. rt.1 media Group GmbH is allocated capacity for its service hitradio.rt1 to be broadcast on Ingolstadt Block 11A and München Block 11C. On Nürnberg Block 12A, the service has been licensed to broadcast except for when the capacity is being used by Meilensteine Medien e.V. - currently 19:00 to 21:00 on Thursdays.

May 19th 2010
Sydney listings updated. Two DAB+ services not previously listed have appeared. I See Red Radio is running at 64 kbit/s. Sky Racing World is running at 32 kbit/s. Both services are on Block 9A.

May 19th 2010
The Australian public-service broadcaster ABC is running a special event service on its Block 9C ensemble in Sydney. ABCSydneyWriters is running at 72 kbit/s using DAB+ and accompanies the annual Sydney Writers' Festival being held in the city until May 23rd.

May 19th 2010
The Regensburg test ensemble is reported to have popped up again on Block 12A. According to reports, a single audio service is being transmitted using DAB+.

May 18th 2010
On Severn Estuary, the Service JazzFM is reported to have ceased and been replaced by SMOOTH Radio.

May 18th 2010
A new Service has popped up on the Stockholm and Uppsala test ensemble Teracom Test. Rocket FM is being broadcast using DAB+ and brings the number of services on the ensemble to 15.

May 18th 2010
HDigit Fii-Noire DAB, DAB+ and FM radio added to DAB+ Receivers page.

May 15th 2010
sayva Multi DAB, DAB+, FM and Internet radio added to DAB+ Receivers page.

May 14th 2010
On D1 National, the Service D1 Test 1 has been relabelled Absolute80s UK and is running at the increased bitrate of 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. The Service Absolute Radio is running at the reduced bitrate of 128 kbit/s. The Service Amazing Radio is running at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF. Snapshot updated.

May 13th 2010
Listing of West Midlands updated.

May 12th 2010
A ninth radio service, 4FM, is reported to have popped up on the Irish test ensemble in Waterford City.

May 11th 2010
UK TII table updated. Addition of Balgownie.

May 9th 2010
The Australian broadcaster SBS is running a special-event radio service in connection with this year's Eurovision Song Contest. SBS Eurovision is being transmitted in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s on the ABC & SBS ensembles.

May 7th 2010
The UK multiplex operator MuxCo has invited expressions of interest from prospective service providers who would be interested in broadcasting on any of their forthcoming local multiplexes. MuxCo has been licensed to operate ensembles in the following UK local license areas, though these are subject to alteration following the passing into law of the Digital Economy Act.
  • North East Wales and West Cheshire
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  • North Yorkshire
  • Gloucestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Mid and West Wales
  • Surrey & Sussex
  • Somerset
  • North Wales
According to MuxCo, the first ensemble is expected to launch in the second half of 2010.

May 7th 2010
In Sachsen-Anhalt, three applications from commercial broadcasters have been received to use capacity on the Land's regional multiplex. Altogether, four radio and/or data services are proposed. The public-service broadcaster MDR has already committed to use up to half of the total capacity until 2013.

May 5th 2010
Sachsen K12A Snapshot updated.

May 5th 2010
In Melbourne, a new DAB+ Service is reported to have popped up on Block 9A. Aussie is reported to be running at 64 kbit/s.

May 5th 2010
By the closing dates for applications to use capacity on regional multiplexes in Sachsen and Thüringen, no applications had been received from commercial radio broadcasters. One application was received in both cases from Media Broadcast to run data and multimedia services. The public-service broadcaster MDR has already committed to use up to half of the total capacity. The closing date for Sachsen-Anhalt was today.

May 5th 2010
On West Midlands, the Service The Arrow - Rock is reported to have ceased. A new Service is reported to have popped up. Sanjhi Awaz is reported to be running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. The Service Choice FM is reported to be running at the increased bitrate of 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo.

May 5th 2010
Commercial Radio Australia has announced that a DAB+ trial will begin in Canberra in early July. Another trial is being planned for Darwin, and trials in Townsville and Hobart are under consideration. In Canberra, transmissions on Block 10B will originate from the Broadcast Australia tower on Black Mountain, and include
  • 2CA
  • 2CC
  • plus 2 additional Capital Radio Network services t.b.a.
  • Mix 106.3 FM
  • 104.7 fm
  • plus 2 additional Canberra FM services t.b.a.
  • SBS Radio 1 – News & Information Network
  • SBS Radio 2 - News & Information Network
  • SBS Pop Asia
  • SBS Chill

May 5th 2010
The Director-General of the national public-service broadcaster DeutschlandRadio has proposed a new Klassikradio service to be broadcast over DAB+. Willi Steul told a meeting of broadcasters in Leipzig that the archives of the public-service broadcasters in Germany contain "treasures" and that the private sector does not have anything similar to offer and therefore no competition. The Commission that oversees the finances of the public-service broadcasters, the KEF, said it would consider the validity of an application for such a service in conformity with the regulations.

April 30th 2010
Muenchen and Muenchen IRT Snapshots updated.

April 30th 2010
In Hong Kong, the Block 11C DAB test transmissions are scheduled to cease at midnight tonight. The operator, Wave Media, has today applied to the OFTA to conduct a second phase, but there will be a break in transmissions until the second phase begins.

April 30th 2010
The Warsaw Block 7B ensemble EMITEL is understood to be now using the standard character set for labelling and DLS in place of 'ISO Latin Alphabet No. 2'. This should result in universal compatability with receivers in the marketplace.

April 29th 2010
Nuernberg Snapshot updated.

April 29th 2010
Snapshot added of the Block 11D ensemble BR Bayern.

April 29th 2010
Snapshot of the Warsaw Block 7B ensemble EMITEL updated. The ensemble is understood to use character set 'ISO Latin Alphabet No. 2' for labelling. It is possible that certain receivers may not be able to decode these.

April 28th 2010
Sachsen-Anhalt and DAB THUERINGEN Snapshots updated.

April 27th 2010
A test ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 9B in Waterford City in the Republic of Ireland. Total-DAB is reported to be broadcasting three services in "original-flavour" DAB and one in DAB+. This experimental transmission is licensed by the spectrum regulator ComReg, and is not an official public service. As such, frequent changes to the ensemble's configuration and interruptions or periods of reduced power are to be expected.

April 27th 2010
Berlin K8C and Berlin/BRBG 12 Snapshots updated.

April 27th 2010
The regional public-service broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, and the three Landesmedienanstalten in its area, have agreed on the division of capacity on the forthcoming regional multiplexes in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen. Under the agreement, MDR may make use of up to half of the capacity on each of the three regional ensembles until December 31st 2013. The remaining capacity has already been offered to private-sector service providers. The aim is to relaunch the regional multiplexes simultaneously with the launch of the forthcoming national ensemble.

April 27th 2010
The directors of the various Landesmedienanstalten in Germany have laid out the timetable for the "possible" [the press release's word] introduction of DAB+. The candidates for capacity on the future national multiplex have until July 22nd to conclude contracts with the network operator Media Broadcast. The distribution of capacity on the ensemble will then be decided at a sitting of the Kommission für Zulassung und Aufsicht on August 3rd. A pre-condition, however, is that the service providers should already have agreed among themselves the distribution capacity. Furthermore, the assembly of services must satisfy the Landesmedienanstaltens' requirements on media diversity. In the absence of an agreement among the service providers, the Gremienvorsitzendenkonferenz will decide for them on September 8th. Of the candidates who applied for capacity, seven have passed preliminary scrutiny:-
  • Entspannungsradio GmbH i.Gr. (LoungeFM)
  • ERF Medien e.V. (ERF Radio)
  • MEDIA BROADCAST GmbH (Data services)
  • Die Neue Welle Rundfunk-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (Radio Rauschgold)
  • Radio 97,1 MHz Hamburg GmbH (ENERGY)
  • REGIOCAST DIGITAL GmbH (90elf – Dein Fußball-Radio; RemiX Radio; litera; EPG/Data service und TPEG-service)
  • The Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH (Radio Disney)
Two candidates withdrew their applications:
  • United Christian Broadcasters (UCB)
  • SV Teleradio Produktions- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft für elektronische Medien mbH (Süddeutsche Zeitung Radio)

April 27th 2010
Off-topic: The Rundfunk-Anstalt Südtirol has conceded that it will not be able to broadcast either BBC-1 or HD swiss on terrestrial high-definition television. According to the RAS Statement, permission has not been obtained to rebroadcast BBC-1 and the technical conditions for the rebroadcast HD swiss have not been fulfilled.

April 27th 2010
Snapshots of the Danish ensembles DR DAB1 and DR DAB2 updated.

April 26th 2010
Snapshot of the Swedish ensemble SR RIKS DAB updated.

April 26th 2010
Snapshot added of the Warsaw Block 7B Ensemble. The test receiver was not able to read the Ensemble or Services Labels. The Snapshot is therefore incomplete.

April 20th 2010
In Australia, a new portable DAB+ radio has appeared. Branded mbeat, it looks rather like a model formerly branded Telefunken in Australia, and another branded Microspot in Switzerland being sold by Interdiscount.

April 15th 2010
The UK regulator Ofcom has published a Statement on the future regulation of "localness" in commercial radio. Among the measures that will affect digital radio, Ofcom will permit large regional analogue stations to drop their regional programming in exchange for the service being broadcast on the national multiplex or achieving comparable coverage by means of carriage on a combination of local and/or regional multiplexes. Ofcom will consider requests to enlarge the London or the regional multiplexes so that they can form a single area with adjacent multiplexes. Ofcom will consider creating new regional multiplexes in areas that do not already have them if frequencies can be made available and if there is sufficient demand from potential licensees. For the local multiplexes, Ofcom will consider requests to allow a common multiplex to be transmitted in adjacent areas. Where frequency availability permits, Ofcom may allow such a combined multiplex to be transmitted on a common frequency. Ofcom has no plans, currently, to readvertise the failed second national license, but the frequency will be retained so that it could be advertised in the future if interest in a second national license were to arise.

April 14th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Balgownie improves coverage of BBC National DAB in Aberdeen and the surrounding area.

April 14th 2010
Switzerland has set a remarkable low-price record with a portable DAB, DAB+ and FM radio being sold by the electronics retailer Interdiscount. Branded Microspot, and looking rather like the portable receiver sold as Telefunken elsewhere, this diminuitive radio is being sold in store for just CHF 40 (approx GBP 24.60!). Currently, the Interdiscount website does not show this product.

April 13th 2010
The Block 11B ensemble in Stuttgart, SWR Test, is reported to have reappeared, transmitting a mixture of DAB+ and original-flavour DAB test services.

April 13th 2010
The Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt has advertised capacity for the regional multiplex that will operate in Sachsen-Anhalt following relaunch. The advertisement leaves open the frequency that the future ensemble will use, referring only to "a frequency in Band III". The present ensemble uses Block 12C, and has been subject to military restrictions on radiated power. A frequency plan published last by SWR identified Block 11C as the frequency for the first-layer regional coverage of Sachsen-Anhalt, but this is subject to confirmation. One half of the ensemble's capacity is allocated to the public-service broadcaster MDR. On offer to commercial broadcasters are the remaining 432 CUs. Priority will be given to broadcasters whose services are already broadcasting on the existing Block 12C ensemble, providing their application relates to the service being broadcast. Closing date is four weeks from the date (April 6th) of the advertisement.

April 13th 2010
The Indian Government has approved All India Radio's plan to convert its vast radio network to DRM. The plan involves the installation of over 40 DRM transmitters. India has been testing DRM since 2007 and last year began regular broadcasts of DRM from a high-power shortwave transmitter near Delhi. This year, two high-powered mediumwave transmitters were acquired.

April 12th 2010
Off-topic: A DVB-T2 mux has popped up in Vienna. The test transmissions on Channel 65 (826 MHz) use MPEG 4 compression to broadcast ORF HD and will test possible configurations and coverage up until the World Cup. Being test transmissions, they are liable to interruptions and parameter changes.

April 11th 2010
The French regulator, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) has authorised sixteen television services to be transmitted for reception on small portable devices - thirteen commercial stations (BFM TV, Canal +, Direct 8, Europacorp TV, Eurosport France, I-Télé, M6, NRJ 12, NT1 Remix, Orange Sport Info, TF1, Virgin 17, W9), and three public-service (France 2, France 3 and Arte). The announcement does not refer to a specific sytem, but Wohnort understands that the authorisation refers to DVB-H.

April 9th 2010
The French regulator, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) has joined in the calls upon the government to provide strong support for the rollout of digital radio and has echoed the calls of some broadcasters that DAB+ should be permitted alongside the government's preferred choice of DMB-A as the technical standard for France. It had been hoped that the CSA would this week announce the advertisement of further license areas, although the Bureau de la Radio (representing RTL, Europe 1, Groupe NRJ et Groupe Next Radio) had called for a moratorium of 18 months. French media have declared the process to have "stalled".

April 9th 2010
The UK government's Digital Economy Bill completed its passage through Parliament on Thursday by being approved by the House of Lords in the afternoon, shortly before Parliament was prorogued ahead of the forthcoming General Election. It becomes an Act of Parliament and has already received the Royal Assent, meaning that it is now part of UK law. The Act was a legislative precondition for the expansion of digital radio in the UK, enabling the regulator Ofcom, among other things, to vary the number and size of local and regional DAB license areas, and to permit the merger of some of the smaller areas. The launch of further local DAB multiplexes had been on hold pending the Bill's passage through Parliament.

April 8th 2010
The French association for digital radio, DR France, and the national syndicate of private radio stations (SNRL) have written an open letter to the French minister for Culture and Communications, urging a rapid deployment of terrestrial digital radio, and calling for France to permit the use of DAB+ in addition to DMB-A. The joint letter states that in adopting DMB-A, France risks being isolated in Europe and that transmitting DMB-A is more expensive than using DAB+. The letter states that the support of the Minister is indispensible, since it is the government which decides upon the technical standards to be used, not the regulator, the CSA. The Minister, Frédéric Mitterrand, was quoted by French media last week as saying he was not in favour of the digital rollout, which he reportedly said was "not a priority". Pour en savoir plus en français...

April 8th 2010
Inverness Snapshot updated.

April 6th 2010
On EuroDAB Italia, the Service Radio Radio DAB+ is reported to have ceased.

April 6th 2010
On Club DAB Italia, the Service RDS is reported to be running at the reduced bitrate of 112 kbit/s. A new Service is reported to have popped up since the last Snapshot was taken. Virgin Radio is reported to be running at 160 kbit/s. Wohnort believes other changes must have taken place, for example to Protection Levels, in order to accomodate the newcomer.

April 6th 2010
Oh dear! Wohnort hopes the product is much, much better than the blurb. Tangent Audio have produced a new DAB+ portable radio. The following sentence is reproduced EXACTLY the way it appears on the Tangent website:- "Some DAB markets are discussing weather to change to DAB+ or DMB, and some has already adapted this format."
Stormy weather?

April 3rd 2010
Caveat emptor! The online retailer Pixmania's Spanish website (for example) has a section for DAB radios which appears to offer a total of 113 different models from a variety of famous manufacturers. On closer examination, NOT ONE of them is able to receive ANY of the DAB variants. When Wohnort is (finally) granted dictatorial powers, it will become a capital offence to allow even the word "digital" (never mind "DAB"!) anywhere near a radio which can only receive analogue broadcasts.

April 2nd 2010
A new service has popped up on the Block 12C ensemble North West. TWR is running at 64 kbit/s in Mono. The packet data service UBC Digital has ceased. Snapshot updated.

April 2nd 2010
A new service has popped up on the Block 12D ensemble Stoke & Stafford. My Baby Radio is running at 64 kbit/s in Mono. Snapshot updated.

April 1st 2010
In Hong Kong, the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau has published the results of a public consultation on the future of the public-service broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong and whether RTHK should provide DAB services and digital terrestrial television. The public opinion survey shows strong support for both digital radio and television, with about two thirds of the respondents supporting both propositions. Generally, there was strong support for the editorial independence of RTHK. Among the views expressed in the survey was the belief that while RTHK should act as a channel through which the Government could promote its policies, it should not become a mouthpiece for the government, and that it should be a purpose of RTHK to "monitor the government". A view was also expressed that RTHK should not duplicate services provided by the commercial broadcasters. The Hong Kong Government has decided that RTHK will continue to operate as a government department, with "strengthened corporate governance and greater accountability to the community".

March 31st 2010
The spectrum regulator Industry Canada conducted a consultation in 2009 on the future use of L-band frequencies hitherto reserved exclusively for DAB. One of its proposals was that the frequencies should be shared with fixed and mobile radio on an equal basis. The responses have been published on the Industry Canada website. Of the broadcasters, the public-service broadcaster CBC supports the proposal to rescind the existing L-band channel plan, providing that all or part of the band is reserved for broadcasting or mixed-media services and that broadcasting generally remains the prime use for that spectrum rather than being co-primary with fixed and mobile radio. CBC is concerned that in any arrangement where market forces determined the usage of a given frequency, the deeper pockets of the fixed and mobile sector compared with broadcasting would inevitably lead to those frequencies being denied to broadcasting. CBC urges Industry Canada to consider making alternative frequencies available in the VHF band, using the old Canadian television channels 5 and 6 frequencies (76 - 88 MHz). The CBC does not name any specific technology to be used at those frequencies. For the commercial broadcasters, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters shares the CBC's concern that broadcasters should have exclusive access to sufficient suitable spectrum. The CAB submission, incidentally, provides an excellent narrative of the development and subsequent failure of digital radio in Canada. They also support the retention of L-band for broadcasting, and believes that broadcasting spectrum should not be auctioned but continue to be allocated according to the CRTC's traditional processes. Specifically, the CAB supports the use of DAB+ for audio broadcasting and DMB and possibly other formats for multimedia applications. The CAB does not believe that the American system IBOC (marketed as "HD Radio") is suitable for Canada. Like CBC, the CAB supports the future use of the former television channels 5 and 6 for digital radio (without naming a system) but believes that their availability any time soon is unlikely because it would require the agreement of the United States to clear those frequencies of digital television services.

March 30th 2010
On the new Block 11D ensemble in Bayern, BR Bayern, the clash of SIds that was preventing correct reception has been overcome with the reported allocation of new SIds to the affected services. B5 aktuell now has the SId (D31D), while BR Verkehr has been relabelled BR Verkehr DAB+ and has the new SId (D31F).

March 30th 2010
A number of French media outlets are reporting on an intervention by the Minister of Culture and Communications, Frédéric Mitterrand, on the deployment of terrestrial digital radio. The French media regulator, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) was due to submit a report soon on the conditions existing for the rollout of digital radio, and to announce in the next few days the advertisement of further digital radio licenses. Without waiting for the report, Monsieur Mitterand is reported to have declared that digital radio is "not a priority", that the cost would be "considerable", and that a number of operators were "not at all in favour". This latest utterance is somewhat at odds with a declaration by the same Minister last September that the digitalisation of the traditional media was "a matter of urgency". One French website describes the Minister as having "thrown a stone into the pond".

March 29th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Mormond Hill extends coverage of BBC National DAB in north-east Aberdeenshire, including the town of Fraserburgh. UK TII table updated.

March 29th 2010
Off-topic: The website of the Rundfunk Anstalt Südtirol reports today that its DVB-T network will shortly begin transmitting, among other additional services, a high-definition version of BBC-1 (Wohnort assumes this actually means BBC HD, as BBC-1 is currently a standard-definition service, some of whose programmes are broadcast in high definition on BBC HD). Other services to be broadcast in HD include ORF-1 and ORF-2, the Swiss HD TV Service and Arte.

March 29th 2010
Belgian Snapshots updated.

March 29th 2010
The Block 11D ensemble in Bayern, previously available only in München, is now also transmitted in Nürnberg and will gradually be rolled out across the whole of Bayern. The ensemble is operated by the Bayerischer Rundfunk and is currently transmitted from two sites - the Olympiaturm in München and the Fernsehturm in Nürnberg with an ERP of 10 kW each. The ensemble has been relabelled BR Bayern and has a new EId (10A5). Wohnort now lists this ensemble as the second Landesensemble. From the observations of others, it would appear that two SIds on the new ensemble clash with existing services on the Block 12D ensemble. B5 aktuell on BR Bayern and B5 plus on Bayern both have SId (D315), while BR Verkehr on BR Bayern and BR Verkehr on Bayern both have SId (D31E). According to reports from the reception area, this has the consequence that certain non-DAB+ receivers are storing the version of BR Verkehr that they are unable to receive, rendering the service completely inaccessible to the listener. Predicted coverage of the upgraded network is shown on the BR website.

March 27th 2010
A DAB+ and DVD microsystem from LG has been added to the DAB+ Receivers page. In Australia, this model is sold by Clive Peeters, among others.

March 27th 2010
The German regional public-service broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk has announced an extension to its line-up of DAB services from March 29th. From that date, in the conurbations of München and Nürnberg, all ten radio services from the broadcaster will be available over DAB. Currently, only six are broadcast. The Bayerischer Rundfunk's own ensemble on Block 11D will enter official programme service on that date and its coverage (currently only München) will be extended to include Nürnberg. The intention is eventually to cover the whole of Bayern with a Single Frequency Network. The services to be broadcast on the new mutliplex are
  • Bayern 1 Oberbayern/Süd
  • Bayern 1 Mittel - und Oberfranken/Nord
  • Bayern 2 Süd
  • Bayern 2 Nord
  • BAYERN 3
  • B5 aktuell
  • BR-Verkehr
The remaining services will continue to be transmitted on the existing Block 12D ensemble. A receiver rescan will be necessary in the two areas in order to receive the new services. Of these, BR-Verkehr will be transmitted using DAB+. The choice of this service for DAB+ is interesting, since it is in the car radio segment of the market that there is the least number of available receivers. BR clearly hope to provide an incentive to manufacturers and listeners to invest in the newer system.

March 25th 2010
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Swiss second-layer ensemble SMC_D02, ahead if its official launch date on March 29th. Radio Inside is reported to be running at 64 kbit/s in DAB+.

March 25th 2010
On Plymouth, the Service Plymouth has ceased.

March 25th 2010
On DAB Melbourne 2, Arn Events is reported to have been replaced by ClassicHits Live and to be running at 48 kbit/s.

March 25th 2010
On Coventry, Essex, Norwich and Peterborough Snapshots updated.

March 23rd 2010
A DLS message on the Block 11D ensemble Muenchen BR is currently advising listeners that a receiver retune will become necessary on March 29th as a result of an ensemble reconfiguration.

March 23rd 2010
The BBC has announced that it will build a further 60 DAB transmitters in the UK. The first of the new batch is expected in the summer, and it is hoped to complete the roll-out by the end of 2011. Included in the plans:- The plan includes:
  • fifteen new transmitters for Scotland – including improvements in coverage for Glasgow and Dundee, and bringing coverage to both Shetland and the Western Isles for the first time
  • ten new transmitters for Wales – extending coverage through mid-Wales to Llandrindod Wells, across north Wales in Colwyn Bay, and improving coverage in south-west Wales to listeners in Pembroke and Carmarthen
  • seven new transmitters for Northern Ireland – bringing digital radio to both Enniskillen and the North Antrim coast, as well as improving coverage in Belfast
  • three new transmitters for Greater London and the Home Counties – boosting reception across the capital and providing coverage to the Kent weald, as well as providing coverage to High Wycombe, Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City
  • nine new transmitters for the south west – including extensions of digital radio to Newquay and Bodmin, Tiverton and Teignmouth
  • two new transmitters for Derbyshire, including one for Derby itself, and further new transmitters for Saffron Walden, Shaftesbury, Stroud, and Sunderland.
March 23rd 2010
Swisscom has announced that it's DVB-H transmissions will cease with immediate effect. In its announcement of the closure it says there are not enough DVB-H compatible devices to make the service a success. Swisscom says it will leave its network in place for the time being. In the run-up to the World Cup, Swisscom is promoting instead a service it calls "Swisscom TV air", which can be used over a DSL landline or a Swisscom mobile subscription providing the mobile device is compatible with UMTS or EDGE technology. This includes the iPhone. Swisscom currently offers 34 TV channels by this means with additional channels promised for May. The company claims 99.8% coverage of Switzerland.

March 22nd 2010
A new Service is reported to have popped up on the Australian ensemble DAB+ Brisbane 1. ClassicHits Live is reported to be running at 88 kbit/s.

March 22nd 2010
Off-Topic: 75 years ago today - Start of regular television transmissions in Germany.

March 22nd 2010
A new Service has popped up on the Swedish ensemble Teracom Test. Radio Lidingö is being transmitted in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s (audio 56 kbit/s) in stereo.

March 21st 2010
Melbourne listings updated.

March 19th 2010
Four Sangean DAB+ models have been added to the DAB+ Receivers page. The DCR-9+ and the DCR-89+, both clock radios. The DPR-25+, a stereo portable receiver, and the DPR-34+, a handheld radio with built-in loudspeaker. In Germany, the electronics retailer Conrad expects stock of the DPR-25+ on March 23rd.

March 18th 2010
The Thüringer Landesmedienanstalt has advertised capacity on four future local ensembles to cover, respectively, North, Central, East and South Thüringen. One half of the capacity of each ensemble has been reserved for the regional public-service broadcaster, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. On offer are the remaining 432 CU available for commercial broadcasters. Frequencies for the ensembles will be allocated by the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), who, in the event that the Plan frequencies should not be available, may make interim allocations. An advertisement to build and operate the multiplex and transmission network is to be published in the Official Journal by the BNetzA. The license period will last 10 years. The closing date for applications for the advertised capacity is 12:00 on April 12th 2010.

March 18th 2010
A new Service has been broadcasting on the Block 12D ensemble Berlin/BRBG 12 since the beginning of March. Bayern Plus is reported to be running at 192 kbit/s.

March 18th 2010
The advertisement of L-band frequencies for national coverage of the Czech Republic failed to produce a winner. There were two candidates, Ceske Radiokomunikace, a.s. and Teleko SRO, but the national regulator, the CTU, decided not to make an award. The CTU has not yet made public the reasons behind its decision. Nevertheless, according to a source familiar with the process, the CTU is likely to proceed in about one month with a second round of advertisements for regional coverage, also in L-band. Band III in the Czech Republic is still occupied by analogue television. In particular, according to the Czech website DigiZone, the commercial station TV NOVA still covers 92% of the country with a robust analogue signal and appears to be in no hurry to switch it off. The Band III frequencies are unlikely to become available for DAB until 2013.

March 18th 2010
The nine candidates for capacity on the forthcoming national German multiplex between them applied to run a total of fourteen audio and data services. As the next step, the applications will be evaluated and discussed at the next meeting of the Kommission für Zulassung und Aufsicht der Landesmedienanstalten in April. Following that, the pre-selected candidates will be required to settle the terms for carriage with the transmission multiplex operator Media Broadcast.

March 17th 2010
This website's New Zealand Frequency Table has been deleted. The original channel numbering was based on the New Zealand television channel raster, which resulted in the New Zealand's frequency Blocks differing from the rest of the world by 1. The New Zealand transmission providers refer these days to the "international" channel numbering, making life so much easier for everyone. For historical completeness, to arrive at the old New Zealand numbering, subtract 1 from the standard number.

March 17th 2010
Listing of the Auckland ensemble Kordia DAB Pilot updated. The same multiplex is also transmitted in Wellington.

March 15th 2010
Off-topic: Ofcom has announced it will not be awarding capacity for HD television on the Freeview HD multiplex to Channel 5. Ofcom had made a provisionally reserved HD capacity for Channel 5 last year, but has been unable to reach agreement on outstanding issues. According to the announcement, the only other applicants for the capacity, Channel 4/S4C, had been unable to confirm to Ofcom their ability to launch a service within the required timescale. The capacity that had been reserved for Channel 5 therefore reverts to the BBC. Ofcom will give commercial broadcasters another chance to apply for HD capacity next year, which would come into effect in 2012.

March 15th 2010
UK TII Tables updated. Addition of Kingussie and Grantown.

March 14th 2010
On the Sydney Block 9B ensemble, the Service Vega 953 has been relabelled ClassicRock 95.3 and now carries a new programme service from broadcaster DMG. On the Block 9A ensemble DAB Melbourne 1, Vega 915 has been relabelled ClassicRock 91.5.

March 14th 2010
A new DAB+ Service is reported to have popped up in Sydney. ZOO SUPERDIGI is reported to be running at 48 kbit/s and testing ahead of an official launch soon.

March 13th 2010
Humberside, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Sheffield, Teesside, Tyne & Wear and Wolv'ton & Shrop Snapshots updated.

March 12th (2)
The advertisement of capacity on the forthcoming national German DAB ensemble appears to be oversubscribed. According to a press release from the Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten, there will have to be a selection process as there is insufficient capacity on offer to accomodate all the applicants. One third of the total available capacity on the ensemble is already allocated to the national public-service broadcaster DeutschlandRadio. Nine bids have been received from the private sector:-
Entspannungsradio GmbH of Berlin for a service "Lounge FM"
ERF Medien e. V. of Wezlar for a service "ERF Radio"
MEDIA BROADCAST GmbH of Bonn for a multimedia service
Neue Welle Rundfunk-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG of Nürnberg for a service "Radio Rauschgold"
Radio 97,1 MHz Hamburg GmbH for a service "ENERGY"
REGIOCAST DIGITAL GmbH of Leipzig
SV Teleradio Produktions- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft für elektronische Medien mbH of München for a service "Süddeutsche Zeitung Radio"
The Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH of München with a service "Radio Disney"
Herren Lorenz D. Yeboah und David Rowe of Neu-Anspach for a service United Christian Broadcasters (UCB)

March 11th 2010
Since the last Snapshot of Danish ensemble DR DAB2 was taken, the Service KulturWeekend has been relabelled DR Kultur.

March 11th 2010
Bristol, Swindon and West Wiltshire Snapshots updated.

March 11th 2010
North East and Severn Estuary Snapshots updated.

March 10th 2010
Cornwall, South East Devon and South East Wales Snapshots updated.

March 9th 2010
Plymouth and Swansea SW Wales Snapshots updated.

March 6th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Grantown extends coverage of BBC National DAB in the Highland region of Scotland.

March 5th 2010
On the Block 7B Singapore ensemble Digital Radio 7B, the Conditional Access services RediGold and RediSilver have ceased.

March 4th 2010
The Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt will shortly advertise capacity on a Landesensemble. A meeting of the Medienanstalt on March 3rd agreed that capacity for up to six commercial regional services would be offered, using "the DAB system family, to which belong DAB, DAB+ and DMB". The MSA announcement includes this rather interesting passage:- "The final report [Wohnort: into a series of tests using DAB+] determined that DAB+ is well-suited and more cost-effective for speech services or for services with a high speech content. For the transmission of high-quality music services, on the contrary, DAB is to be recommended, since DAB allows a yet higher audio quality."

March 4th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Kingussie extends coverage of BBC National DAB in the Highland region of Scotland.

March 3rd 2010
Not just radio listeners were affected by the recent migration of the local ensemble Nuernberg from Block 12A to 10C. Public transport in the area, comprising bus, tram and underground, uses capacity on the ensemble to transmit data to the information displays at stops and stations. The change in frequency required the receivers for each display to be retuned, a process that took several days.

March 2nd 2010
Bradfrd&Huddersf, Leeds and Yorkshire Snapshots updated.

March 2nd 2010
The BBC Director-General Mark Thompson has announced that its radio services BBC Radio 6Music and BBC AsianNetwork face closure. Speaking to staff, the DG also announced that the corporation will spend 25% less on its online services by 2013 and the teen services Switch and Blast will close. According to the BBC News website, Mr. Thompson said that the broadcaster Channel 4 should lead the way with these audiences. The broadcasting unions, BECTU and the NUJ, have reacted angrily to the proposed cuts, details of which were leaked to a national newspaper last week. According to BECTU, the BBC is "being bounced by its competitors and by the political climate ahead of the upcoming general election." Wohnort has already begun imagining how BBC National DAB might look in the future without those services.

March 1st 2010
A new Service has popped up on Severn Estuary. NATION RADIO is reported to be running at 128 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. The service The Arrow - Rock has ceased.

February 28th 2010
Aberdeen and Tayside Snapshots updated. Interesting to observe that on Tayside, whereas BBC RNanGaidheal continues to run at Protection Level 2 as before, BBC Scotland has dropped to Protection Level 3.

February 26th 2010
Berks & N Hants, South Hampshire and Stoke & Stafford Snapshots updated.

February 26th 2010
The Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien has advertised capacity on the local ensembles Ingolstadt, Muenchen and Nuernberg. The terms of the advertisement reveal some of the planning for the forthcoming relaunch of DAB in Germany. On offer are temporary licences that will expire on April 30th 2011 at the same time as the licences of the services already running on the local ensembles. DAB+ is not planned to be used until after that date. The capacity comprises two programme slots of 116 CU each on Ingolstadt and one programme slot of 116 CU on Muenchen. On Nuernberg, a service "Meilensteine" is expected to broadcast Thursdays between 19:00 and 21:00. The advertisement is offering the use of the 116 CU capacity outwith the times when it is in use by "Meilensteine". All of the new services are expected to use MPEG I Layer II. Applicants are being offered the prospect of a four-year extension if, from May 1st 2011, they continue to broadcast using DAB+. The multiplex operator, Bayern Digital Radio, is expected to use DAB+ from that date, or another date to be chosen by the BLM, to be synchronised with the launch of a nationwide DAB+ ensemble. Closing date for applications is March 12th 2010.

February 25th 2010
On the Toronto Block L9 ensemble CHANNEL 9, the Service still labelled CIAO is currently transmitting audio from a different radio station owned by the same broadcaster. "Proud FM" (CIRR FM) is a service for the city's gay and lesbian community, also transmitted in analogue form on 103.9 MHz. Our normally very critical Canadian correspondent reports the audio quality being broadcast at 224 kbit/s to be the "best sound on DAB I've heard in years".

February 24th 2010
Bournemouth, Kent and Sussex Coast Snapshots updated.

February 23rd 2010
The local ensemble Nuernberg, currently on Block 12A, is to migrate to Block 10C. The change is expected to come into effect tomorrow, February 24th. Receivers will need to perform a scan in order to rediscover the services on their new frequency.

February 21st 2010
A new service has popped up on the Block 12A ensemble Plymouth. Radio Plymouth is broadcasting test transmissions ahead of its official programme launch on February 28th.

February 19th 2010
Two new Services are reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble Sachsen-Anhalt. MDR info and MDR Sputnik are both reported to be using DAB+.

February 19th 2010
UK TII table updated.

February 17th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Stranraer extends and improves coverage of BBC National DAB in West Galloway, including the area around Loch Ryan and Stranraer itself.

February 15th 2010
The United States regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, has announced that FM stations broadcasting the additional IBOC digital signals marketed as "HD Radio" may voluntarily increase the transmitted power of the digital component by 6dB up to 10% of the power of the analogue signal. The increase will extend the coverage area of the digital signal and improve its reception within the existing area of coverage. Up until now the rule has been that the digital signal could be no more than 1% of the analogue power. On the downside, the proposed power increases are likely to result in increased interference to neighbouring first-adjacent analogue stations.

February 11th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 12D Stockholm pilot ensemble Teracom Test updated.

February 11th 2010
DAB transmissions have returned to Hong Kong. Wave Media Ltd is conducting tests of a Single Frequency Network on Block 11C from two sites, using a mix of both original-flavour DAB and DAB+ services. These broadcasts are scheduled to run until April 30th 2010. The Hong Kong government has advertised capacity on a future permanent ensemble that will also use Block 11C. The government expects the multiplex to accomodate up to seven "CD-quality" [Source: HK government website] services if original-flavour DAB is used, or up to 13 using DAB+. According to the government announcement, the public-service broadcaster RTHK will be the site manager for the transmission sites and be responsible for co-ordinating the use of the DAB spectrum and equipment as it does with the current AM/FM services. RTHK may also submit proposals to operate DAB services. Closing date for the advertisement is April 30th.

February 10th 2010
Five Swiss commercial FM radio stations intend to begin test transmissions from September 2010 using the HD-Radio standard in Band II (the "FM band"). According to an announcement from Swiss company Ruoss AG, Radio Argovia, Radio Basel, Capital FM, Radio 24 und Radio Sunshine will shortly seek authorisation from the Swiss regulator BAKOM to use the HD-Radio standard.

February 9th 2010
On the Block 12A ensemble London 2, the Service UCB Gospel is reported to be running at half sampling rate.

February 8th 2010
Three new Services are reported to have popped up on the Blocks 12A/5C ensemble Sachsen K12A. 90elf, MDR info and MDR Sputnik are all reported to be using DAB+.

February 7th 2010
The German website Digitaler Rundfunk, covering the Länder Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, has recently been updated with details of the transmitters which have been taken out of service "on economic grounds". In Sachsen, the decommissioned sites are Schwarzenberg, Reichenbach and Marienberg on Block 12A and Neustadt, Oberlichtenau, Görlitz and Zittau on Block 5C. The resulting reduced area of coverage of the ensemble Sachsen K12A is shown in a new coverage map. In Thüringen, the transmitters withdrawn from service are Eisanach, Eisenberg, Keula, Kulpenberg, Remda/Saalfield, Triptis, Dingelstedt, Schmiedefeld, Geismar, Erbenhausen, Schleid, Altenburg, Heiligenstadt, Sonnenberg, Pless, Greiz, Meinigen and Gießübel. [Wohnort personally regrets the withdrawl of Eisenach because not only was this the observation point of choice, but the Hauptbahnhof restaurant serves excellent lunches!]. A new coverage map shows the resultant reduced area of coverage of the Block 12B ensemble DAB THUERINGEN. In Sachsen-Anhalt, by contrast, the website (currently) shows no transmitters as having been decommissioned.

February 6th 2010
A new Service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12A ensemble London 2. UCB Gospel is reported to be running at 64 kbit/s in Mono. UCBInspirational is reported to be running at the reduced bitrate of 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF. The packet data service CabvisionTestGL2 is reported to have ceased.

February 5th 2010
New services are reported to have popped up on the Blocks 11C and 13B ensemble DR DAB2. DR Country and DR Electronica are reported to be running at 128 kbit/s each in Joint Stereo.

February 5th 2010
In Malta, the Broadcasting Authority has published its survey of Radio and TV Audiences for the period of October to December 2009. The survey reports that 10% of respondents have "digital" radio in their home, compared with 88% who said they had FM. These are remarkable figures, considering that DAB+ transmissions only began in mid-2008. In its commentary accompanying the data, the report states that "the younger age groups have twice the average total Digital radio take-up". The following table is not present in the report. It has been compiled by Wohnort using data drawn from other tables in the report.
  Age Groups of the Respondents
  12-14 15-24 25-29 30-49 50-64 65-79 80+ TOTAL
Respondents in Survey 105 335 122 573 418 230 55 1838
"Have digital radio at home" 16 42 16 58 41 9 3 185
% of age group with digital radio 15% 12% 13% 10% 10% 4% 5% 10%


February 5th 2010
New services are reported to have popped up on the Block 12B ensemble DAB THUERINGEN. MDR INFO and MDR SPUTNIK are reported to be using DAB+ at 96 kbit/s each.

February 4th 2010
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12B. Barskeoch Hill and Cambret Hill both extend coverage of BBC National DAB in Dumfries & Galloway.

February 4th 2010
The Thüringer Landesmedienanstalt has announced that it will shortly advertise capacity on Thüringen's Landesensemble, alongside the current advertisement of nationwide capacity.

February 3rd 2010
The German transmission provider and multiplex operator Media Broadcast has published a prospectus detailing the timetable and coverage plans for the roll-out of the nationwide DAB multiplex along with pricing for capacity. The conditions of the operating licence awarded to Media Broadcast stipulate that by September 2011, 35 transmitters (named in the brochure) shall be in operation, covering the main centres of population, increasing to 110 transmitters by September 2015. The brochure also offers an insight into the future planning of the current Länderensembles with the example of the Block 12D network in Nordrhein-Westfalen. With power levels hitherto restricted to 1kW, the present coverage was achieved by 34 transmitters. With an increase in power levels now permitted to 10 kW, coverage of Nordrhein-Westfalen will be possible from 20 transmitters, offering a significant saving compared with today's operating costs. Combined with the future use of DAB+ and its more efficient MPEG4 codec, Media Broadcast predict a 30% saving in distribution costs for service providers compared with those of 2000. The German-language brochure is availble for download from the Media Broadcast website.

February 3rd 2010
Rheinland-Pfalz Snapshot updated.

February 2nd 2010
North West Snapshot updated.

February 2nd 2010
D1 National Snapshot updated.

February 2nd 2010
DRM+ test transmissions have begun in Kaiserslautern. The project aims to explore the ability of DRM+ to co-exist with DAB in Band III. The DRM+ transmissions will use, variously, DAB Blocks 10A, 10B and 10C and be broadcast from the transmitter site Am Kaiserberg. Simultaneously, the nearby Rotenberg will broadcast on Block 10B using, variously, DAB, DAB+ and DRM+. The project will investigate the results in both stationary and mobile reception conditions and is a joint venture involving the Landesmedienanstalt von Rheinland-Pfalz and the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.

February 2nd 2010
A new service is reported to have popped up on the second-layer ensemble in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, SMC_D02. Swiss Mountain Holiday Radio is broadcasting, like all the other services on the ensemble, using DAB+.

February 2nd 2010
With the relabelling of the national commercial multiplex in the UK, the process of removing branding from the Ensemble Labels on the national, regional and local commercial ensembles and using clearer, geographic labels, has been completed. The complete list of changes is as follows:-
National Ensemble:-
Digital1 Network now D1 National
Regional Ensembles:-
Switch Scotland now Central Scotland
MXR North East now North East
MXR North West now North West
MXR West & Wales now Severn Estuary
MXR WestMidlands now West Midlands
MXR Yorkshire now Yorkshire
Local Ensembles:-
Switch Aberdeen now Aberdeen
Arqiva Ayr now Ayr
NOW Berks&Hants now Berks & N Hants
CE Birmingham now Birmingham
NOW Bournemouth now Bournemouth
UTVBauerBrad&Hud now Bradfrd&Huddersf
NOW Bristol now Bristol
NOW Cambridge now Cambridge
NOW Cardiff&Npt now South East Wales
Bauer C LANCS now Lancashire
NOW Cornwall now Cornwall
NOW Coventry now Coventry
BauerPERTHDUNDEE now Tayside
Bauer EDINBURGH now Edinburgh
NOW Essex now Essex
NOW Exeter&T'bay now South East Devon
Bauer GLASGOW now Glasgow
Bauer HUMBERSIDE now Humberside
Bauer INVERNESS now Inverness
NOW Kent now Kent
Bauer LEEDS now Leeds
NOW Leicester now Leicestershire
Bauer LIVERPOOL now Liverpool
CE London now London 1
Switch London now London 2
DRg London now London 3
CE Manchester now Manchester
Bauer N.IRELAND now N. Ireland
NOW Norwich now Norwich
NOW Nottingham now Nottinghamshire
NOW Peterboroughh now Peterborough
NOW Plymouth now Plymouth
NOW S. Hampshire now South Hampshire
BauerSOUTH YORKS now Sheffield
UTV Bauer Stoke now Stoke & Stafford
NOW Sussex Coast now Sussex Coast
UTVBauerSwansea now Swansea SW Wales
NOW Swindon now Swindon
Bauer TEESSIDE now Teesside
Bauer TYNE&WEAR now Tyne & Wear
NOW W. Wiltshire now West Wiltshire
NOW Wolverhamptn now Wolv'ton & Shrop

February 1st 2010
The operator of the second layer ensemble in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, Swiss MediaCast, has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 7D. Bachtel extends coverage of SMC_D02 to the Zürcher Oberland.

February 1st 2010
Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12C. Mammern improves coverage of SRG/SSR D01 in northern Thurgau, including Mammern, Steckborn, Wagenhausen and Eschenz as well as Stein am Rhein in Kanton Schaffhausen.

February 1st 2010
On London 3, Premier London is reported to have been relabelled Premier Gospel.

January 31st 2010
West Midlands Snapshot updated.

January 31st 2010
Birmingham Snapshot updated.

January 31st 2010
London 1, London 2 and London 3 Snapshots updated.

January 27th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 12D Nordrhein-Westfalen ensemble NRW K12 updated.

January 27th 2010
The BBC has brought into service another transmitter on Block 12B. St Austell extends and improves coverage of BBC National DAB in and around the Cornish town. UK TII table updated.

January 27th 2010
On Kent, South Hampshire and Sussex Coast, the packet data EPG services DAB GUIDE have ceased.

January 27th 2010
BAND III HESSEN and LG FRANKFURT M. Snapshots updated.

January 26th 2010
Encouraging news from Italy is revealed by a press release from Swedish DAB equipment manufacturer Factum. Following from the publication of new regulations governing Italian DAB/DAB+, the transmission provider Raiway has ordered additional head-end equipment. In addition, the Swedish company has received an order from Australia for additional equipment to add redundancy to existing sites.

January 26th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B. Windermere extends coverage of BBC National DAB in the Lake District.

January 25th 2010
A number of German radio websites have noticed that the latest DAB coverage maps from DeutschlandRadio show a much reduced reception area in Niedersachsen, implying that DAB transmitters are expected to be taken out of service. Such a reduction in transmission area has already taken place in Hessen, with coverage now reduced, more or less, to the Rhein/Main area. In Niedersachsen, the latest coverage maps show coverage confined to the immediate vicinity of Hannover and Osnabrück. There has been no formal announcement of this change from the multiplex operator Digital Radio Nord.

January 25th 2010
The BBC has brought into service a new transmitter in the west of Scotland. Cow Hill extends coverage of BBC National DAB around Loch Eil and Loch Linnhe, including the town of Fort William itself. The new site will be under test initially, during which interruptions and periods of reduced power are likely. UK TII table updated.

January 25th 2010
Snapshots of the national Spanish ensembles FU-E, MF1 and MF2 updated.

January 25th 2010
The last significant remaining Landesmedienanstalten have published the advertisement of capacity on a forthcoming national DAB ensemble - the Medienanstalt Berlin Brandenburg and the Hessische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien. So far as Wohnort can determine, only the little Bremische Landesmedienanstalt has not so far published the advertisement.

January 24th 2010
Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester Snapshots updated.

January 22nd 2010
The Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien has published the advertisement of capacity on a national DAB multiplex in the Land's official journal, the Sächsisches Amtsblatt mit Amtlichem Anzeiger. Details do not, so far, appear to have been published on the Anstalt's own website.

January 22nd 2010
Sachsen's official journal, the Sächsisches Amtsblatt mit Amtlichem Anzeiger, has published an advertisement by the Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien of capacity for forthcoming regional DAB multiplexes in Sachsen. The ensembles will operate on Block 11A in the Leipzig region, 12A in Chemnitz and Block 9A in Dresden. No mention is made explicitly of the use of DAB+, only of the "DAB System Family". Half of the capacity of the multiplex will be allocated for a limited period to the public-service broadcaster, the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. The remaining half is to be distributed as a result of this advertisement. The closing date for applications in March 12th 2010. No announcement, and no details of this advertisment appear to have been published so far on the Anstalt's own website.

January 22nd 2010
The Landesmedienanstalt Saarland has advertised the capacity on a national DAB multiplex. Berlin/Brandenburg and Hessen have yet to publish.

January 22nd 2010
Central Scotland Snapshot updated.

January 21st 2010
Further Landesmedienanstalten in Germany have advertised the capacity on a national DAB multiplex, in Baden-Württemberg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen. Berlin/Brandenburg, Hessen, Saarland, Sachsen and have yet to publish.

January 20th 2010
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has awarded Commercial Radio Australia temporary test transmission licences in Melbourne. The licences are for Blocks 9A, 9B and 9C, already occupied by the city's DAB ensembles, so it appears that a trial is to be conducted running an SFN using an in-fill at 101 Collins Street. The authorisations run until March 17th 2010.

January 20th 2010
On South Hampshire, the packet data service Kings onAirRaDio has ceased.

January 19th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 12C Italian ensemble Club DAB Italia updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, all DAB+ services on the ensemble have ceased, leaving only services using "original flavour" DAB.

January 19th 2010
Switch Aberdeen Snapshot corrected.

January 19th 2010
The new DeutschlandRadio service DRadio Wissen is reported to have popped up on the Block 12C ensemble BAND III HESSEN, running at 64 kbit/s Mono.

January 19th 2010
UK TII tables updated. Addition of Oban and Rhondda. This is now such a large document that it has been placed on a page of its own.

January 18th 2010
The regional media regulators in Germany, the Landesmedienanstalten, have begun to advertise capacity for a nationwide DAB ensemble to commercial broadcasters. The text of the advertisement has been agreed between the Länder, but because of the federal system in Germany, where broadcasting is a matter for the Länder, each Landesmedienanstalt is issuing the advertisement in its own name. First off the blocks are the Landesmedienanstalten in Bayern, Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Rheinland-Pfalz.

January 18th 2010
Snapshot of the relabelled Südtirol Block 13A ensemble DABMEDIA updated.

January 18th 2010
Switch London Snapshot updated.

January 18th 2010
Ayr, Edinburgh and Glasgow Snapshots updated.

January 18th 2010
The BBC has brought into service two new transmitters on Block 12B. Oban extends coverage of BBC National DAB on the west Scotland coast. Rhondda extends and improves coverage in the South Wales valleys.

January 18th 2010
Off-topic: Many readers will be familiar with the sudden changes to the volume that can occur while watching almost any television network these days. A dramatic film will end as the director intended, only to have the effect destroyed by a loud trail for a forthcoming programme, often totally unrelated to the content of the film. Or a television programme will be interrupted by a commercial break whose volume is much louder than the surrounding programme. In attempt to address some of these concerns, the International Telecommunications Union has specified a new measuring technique that should bring more uniformity to broadcast sound levels and therefore make the process of watching television more pleasurable. According to the ITU, the advent of digital broadcasting has only served to make these volume variations more noticeable. The new draft ITU-R regulation, entitled "Operational practices for Loudness in the International Exchange of Digital Television programmes", suggests how sound levels should be measured and set in international programme exchange and so maintain a more constant perceived volume for viewers. Work is also underway to improve the specification of a "loudness" meter so that deliberate periods of silence or low level within a programme do not significantly affect the overall measured loudness of the programme as a whole. It is expected that this work will be advanced at the next ITU-R Study Group 6 meeting in April. Wohnort adds: Although the ITU refers to television services in its release, the new techniques could also find application in some mixed-genre radio services. Such networks are usually characterised by very loud announcements or trails broadcast between other programmes and draw many complaints. More...

January 18th 2010
The new service from the national public-service broadcaster DeutschlandRadio has begun. DRadio Wissen is reported to have popped up on a number of regional and local ensembles across the labelling. According to reports, the labelling across them is inconsistent. Typical bitrate appears to be 64 kbit/s in Mono, with the capacity being made available by a reduction in the bitrate of DKultur, apart from in the northern Länder Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Niedersachsen, where it appears that Deutschlandfunk and DKultur continue to be broadcast at 192 kbit/s apiece and DRadio Wissen using additional capacity to broadcast at 64 kbit/s. It appears that "original-flavour" DAB is being used everywhere.
Chicken and Egg
Wohnort wonders why, with the long-promised relaunch of digital radio being supposed to use DAB+, the opportunity hasn't been taken to use DAB+ for this new service from the outset. Assuming that the service is one that an audience will wish to hear, it would have provided an incentive for the purchase of DAB+ receivers, and no existing listeners would have been lost by using the new format, since there weren't any.

January 12th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 6A Malta ensemble Digi B Network added.

January 5th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 12B Venezia ensemble AERANTICORALLO01 updated and corrected. Note that this Band III ensemble is being broadcast using Transmission Mode II, optimised for L-band. This was also the case when the ensemble was observed a year ago, although the fact was not noticed at the time.

January 5th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 12C Bologna ensemble AERANTICORALLO02 updated. Since the last Snapshot was taken, the Service RADIO ZERO has ceased. A new Service, RADIO LINEA N1 is running at 64 kbit/s in DAB+.

January 4th 2010
Snapshot of the Block 12A Graubünden ensemble SRG/SSR R01 updated.

January 4th 2010
The public-service broadcaster in Berlin and Brandenburg, RBB, has ended the transmission of its services on DAB. As a consequence, on Berlin K8C, the Services radioBERLIN 88.8, rbb-Inforadio, rbb-kulturradio, radio1, Antenne and Fritz have ceased.

January 3rd 2010
Snapshot of the Block 12A Swiss ensemble SRG/SSR I01 updated.

January 2nd 2010
Snapshot of the Block 9C local ensemble Augsburg added. Previous Snapshots have been of the L-band ensemble.

January 2nd 2010
Snapshot of the Block 11A local ensemble Ingolstadt added. Previous Snapshots have been of the L-band ensemble.

January 2nd 2010
Snapshot of the Block 7D Swiss ensemble SMC_D02 added. Snapshot of the Block 12C ensemble SRG/SSR D01 updated. Snapshot of the Block 12A ensemble SRG/SSR F01 updated.

January 1st 2010
Snapshot of the Block 12D ensemble Bayern updated.

January 1st 2010
The process of raising transmitted power levels and optimising the DAB network in Bayern continues. The radiated power from the transmitter München Olympiaturm of the Block 11C local ensemble Muenchen has been increased from 1kW to 4kW.

January 1st 2010
In Leipzig, the Block 11A test ensemble Digitalradio has ceased.




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