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Latest Updates and News

June 24th
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11B. Langenburg extends and improves coverage of the Baden-Württemberg ensemble OAS BW in Hohenlohekreis, Schwäbisch Hall and the southern half of the Main-Tauber-Kreis. Aalen covers an area to the north of Ulm and includes overspill into Bayern.

June 24th
In Germany, three applications have been received to operate as a platform a forthcoming layer of coverage for private-sector broadcasters in Niedersachsen:
  • DIVICON MEDIA HOLDING GmbH, Leipzig
  • Media Broadcast GmbH, Köln
  • UPLINK Network GmbH, Düsseldorf
The layer will be divided into ten regional ensembles. The media regulator for Niedersachsen expects to reach a decision by the end of the year.

June 24th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 5C. Pfaffenhofen Ilm extends and improves coverage of the national ensemble DR Deutschland in Bayern.

June 24th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 6C. Hohegeiß extends and improves coverage of the regional ensemble for Braunschweig, NDR NDS BS, in an area that includes Braunlage, Zorge and Hohegeiß.

June 24th
In France, two additional services have popped up on the new regional ensemble for Loiret & Loire-et-Cher, ORLEANS 10A. FORUM dab+ and VIBRA dab+ are broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

June 23rd
On London 2, the service AsianFX Radio has been relabelled JEO RADIO. Snapshot updated.

June 23rd
Snapshots updated of the Norwegian regional ensembles NRK Reg1 OsloVik, etc.
The regional weather services have been relabelled NRK YR 1, etc.

June 23rd
Snapshot of the Italian national ensemble DAB+ RAI updated. The EPG that popped up at the beginning of this month has ceased.

June 22nd
Snapshot of the Norwegian local ensemble Troms Nord updated. The service Radio DSF has ceased since the previous observation.

June 22nd
In France, the first tests from the forthcoming regional ensemble for Franche-Comté, officially known as "Besançon étendu" have been reported. BESANCON 5D had one service on board at the time of the observation.

June 21st
On the UK local ensemble Wolv'ton & Shrop, the service Gorgeous has ceased.

June 21st
Snapshots updated of the Italian ensembles for Lombardia, MEDIADAB and SPACEDAB. Multiple services have migrated from each ensemble to the other.


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Update History

June 19th
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble for Sør-Trøndelag uten Fosen, including Trondheim, relabelled Trøndelag and with multiple other changes since the previous observation.

June 19th
Snapshot of the Norwegian local ensemble 16 Stvgr Ryfylke updated.
The service Siddis Radio has ceased since the previous observation.

June 19th
digitalbitrate has added a receiver in Barcelona.

June 19th
Snapshot of the Norwegian local ensemble 15 Jæren Dalane updated.
The service Siddis Radio has ceased since the previous observation.

June 19th
Snapshot of the Norwegian local ensemble Drammen updated.
RADIO CLASSIC has popped up since the previous observation, broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. NORSK JUL and RadioLatin have ceased.

June 19th
Snapshot of the Norwegian local ensemble Oslo & Viken updated.
The service Radio Riks has ceased since the previous observation.

June 19th
Snapshot of the Norwegian local ensemble 02 Oslo updated.
Radio Clásico has replaced Radio Kos since the previous observation.

June 19th
Snapshot of the Norwegian ensemble LokalØstfold updated.
The service Radio 3,16 has ceased since the previous observation.

June 18th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Gondo, on the border with Italy, broadcasts the ensemble SRG SSR D01 to Gondo and the immediate area. On its reception website, the operator's earlier announcements concerning Weisstannen, Vättis and Dussnang have been revised to remove reference to SRG SSR R01 and now refer only to SRG SSR D01.

June 18th
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble for Haugaland, LOKALDAB RIKS II.
This ensemble is on the same frequency as the new RIKS II ensemble received in Oslo and uses the same EId, but the lineup of audio services is quite different. A new service has popped up since the previous observation. Radio7 Norge is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Ariel Radio and Siddis Radio have ceased.

June 17th
An additional service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Somerset.
Worthy FM is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 160 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 17th
The UK regulator has revoked the small-scale licence for the Inverclyde area that had been awarded to UK DAB Networks Limited (now known as Nation DAB Networks Limited). According to Ofcom's decision, an acceptable final technical plan had not been submitted and it was clear to the regulator that the ensemble would not be able to be launched by the required deadline of September 30th 2022. Nation has told Ofcom that it will not be submitting a further revised plan. According to the announcement of the decision, the most recent technical plan submitted by Nation would have served only 30.6% of the adult population within the licensed area, a substantial reduction from the 87.3% proposed in its application. Ofcom states that it will consider re-advertising the licence should any expressions of interest be received.

June 17th
In Norway, the roll-out of a new national ensemble has begun on Block 11A. RIKS II currently has seven audio services on board. Snapshot added. A local ensemble in Haugaland is also currently using Block 11A. Something is likely to move before the new national ensemble reaches here.
[This story has been updated to add a snapshot]

June 17th
In Italy, two additional services have popped up on the SPACEDAB ensemble for Lombardia. 70-80.it has migrated there from MEDIADAB. TEST2 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s each. The existing service TEST has been relabelled TEST72cu. The SId of the existing service RVS has changed. Snapshot updated.

June 17th
In Italy, two additional services have popped up on the MEDIADAB ensemble for Lombardia. DELTA and MIAMI VICE RADIO are broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s each. The existing service 70-80.it has migrated to SPACEDAB. Snapshot updated.

June 16th
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 VS for Oberwallis updated.
ENERGY BASEL+ has been replaced by VINTAGE RADIO+ since the previous observation.

June 16th
Snapshot of the French ensemble S-ETIENNE LOCAL1 updated.
Radio Pitchoun has been relabelled RADIO PITCHOUN since the previous observation.

June 11th
Snapshot of the UK local ensemble Mid & West Wales updated.
Breezy Radio replaced Swansea Bay since the previous observation.

June 10th
Snapshot of the Italian regional ensemble CRDAB Liguria updated. The ensemble has migrated to Block 10D since the previous observation. #R.Classica Dab# has replaced R WHITE TEST.

June 10th
In Italy, the regional ensemble formerly labelled RADIODIG TO CN has been relabelled RADIG PIEMONTE and has migrated to Block 5B since the previous observation. Snapshot updated.

June 7th
An additional service has popped up on the Swiss local ensemble for Bas Valais, DIG F03 - BVS. V Latina is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. The existing service Lifestyle 74 has switched to the lower bitrate 48 kbit/s. 23.6 1er/lesHits has ceased. Snapshot updated.

June 7th
An additional service has popped up on the Swiss local ensemble for Lausanne and canton Vaud, DIG F03 - VD. AirZen Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s each. The existing services 23.6 1er/lesHits and Vibracion Latina have ceased. Snapshot updated.

June 6th
Two additional services have popped up on the Swiss local ensemble for Geneva, DIG F03 - GE. AirZen Radio and ODS RADIO are broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s each. The existing service MAXXIMA GE+ has ceased. Snapshot updated.

June 6th
On Trial Manchester, the service Happy Radio UK is now running at the higher bitrate 40 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 3rd
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisation of ENJOY 33 to broadcast on the local ensemble BORDEAUX in view of the broadcaster waiving its use of the capacity that had been allocated to it. As of Wohnort's snapshot of June 23rd, the service was still present in the Block 7A ensemble.

June 3rd
On the Italian ensemble in Lombardia, SPACEDAB, the services PLAYTAG and RADIO PANDA have ceased, the latter migrating to MEDIADAB. The existing service RADIO ROCK has switched to a higher bitrate of 96 kbit/s. Conversely, the service RVS has switched to the lower bitrate 48 kbit/s.
Snapshot updated.

June 3rd
An EPG has popped up on the Italian regional ensemble in Lombardia, MEDIADAB. An additional audio service has popped up. #Byoblu# is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. RADIO PANDA has migrated to MEDIADAB from SPACEDAB.
Snapshot updated.

June 3rd
An EPG has popped up on the Italian national ensemble DAB+ RAI.
Snapshot updated.

June 2nd
Snapshot added of an experimental transmission place taking place in Paris from the Eiffel Tower. EXPE TDF TFL 5A on Block 5A has one audio service on board.

June 2nd
UK Small-Scale listings updated to list Nation DAB Networks as the operator of the forthcoming ensembles in Alnwick, Basingstoke, Inverclyde and Winchester, following changes in ownership and name. A new company called UK DAB Networks, wholly owned by Ash Elford, is a shareholder in some of the Round 3 applicants.

June 2nd
Snapshot of the UK regional ensemble Central Scotland updated. Cessation of Scot Sun 80s, Scot Sun Hits and ScotSun Chill. This snapshot is already out of date, however. Virgin Groove has since been relabelled Virgin Pride.

June 2nd
Trial Portsmouth snapshot updated. Addition of Pompey Sound.

June 2nd
In Norway, the regulator has received an application for a construction licence for a local ensemble in Helgeland. The regulator has therefore opened it up to tender. Closing date for applications is June 23rd 2022. If no competing applications are received, the regulator can award the licence directly to the applicant. The area of the allotment includes the communes Rana, Rødøy, Træna, Lurøy, Nesna, Dønna, Leirfjord, Hemnes, Herøy, Alstadhaug, Vefsn, Vega, Vevelstad, Brønnøy, Hattfjelldal, Grane, Sømna and Bindal. The spectrum licence had previously been awarded to Komp Event AS. Both spectrum and construction licences are required to bring a new ensemble into service.

June 1st
On the UK local ensemble Essex, Gateway has reappeared after an absence of several months. Snapshot updated.

June 1st
On London 2, the service Virgin Groove has been relabelled Virgin Pride. Snapshot updated.

May 31st
In France, the regulator has fixed June 1st 2022 as the date when the authorisations for the "étendu" and local ensembles for La Rochelle will come into force. The exact launch dates are not known, but this decision means both ensembles must launch by September 1st 2022.

May 31st
In France, the regulator has authorised La Coopérative de Radiodiffusion to operate local ensembles for Limoges and Rennes respectively.

May 31st
In France, the regulator has authorised Cmux to operate the forthcoming local ensemble for Clermont-Ferrand.

May 31st
In France, the regulator has authorised Rmux to operate the forthcoming local ensemble for Brest.

May 31st
On the UK ensemble Salisbury, Hot Gold S'bury has replaced Hot Gold. Hot Salisbury has replaced Hot Radio. Both newcomers have different SIds compared with the previous occupants.

May 31st
An additional service has popped up on Trial Portsmouth.
Pompey Sound is broadcasting in mono DAB+ at 24 kbit/s.

May 30th
Snapshot of the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2 updated.
CECRET relabelled CROOZE since the previous observation.

May 30th
Snapshot of the Belgian ensemble LIEGE 2 updated.
RTBF spot relabelled RTBF Ukraine since the previous observation.

May 30th
In Norway, the regulator has issued guidance to clarify the criteria for the approval of DAB transmitters. The regulator says that this is important where an operator wishes to bring into service a transmitter outside a licensed area, or where an additional transmitter will lead to coverage in neighbouring areas. The regulator stresses that these are not new requirements, but are clarifications of existing rules. Local DAB coverage is well established in Norway, and operators are seeking to optimise and improve coverage.

May 29th
digitalbitrate has added a receiver in Melbourne.

May 28th
Snapshot added of the new French regional ensemble ORLEANS 10A.

May 26th
Snapshot added of the French local ensemble ARCACHON 11C.

May 25th
Snapshots of the French ensembles Toulouse-Etendu, Toulouse-Local and Toulouse Local 1 updated.

May 25th
In Italy, a new ensemble has popped up on Block 9D. SPACEDAB is broadcasting in Milano with seventeen services on board. Some were previously broadcast on MEDIADAB and have migrated here: LOVE FM, PLAYTAG, *RADIO CAFE'*, *RADIOPOCKET*, RADIO ROCK, RETE KAPPA, RTR 99 DAB and *STEREOCITTA'*. An additional service has popped up on MEDIADAB. CUSANO CAMPUS is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. The SId of the existing service 70-80.it has changed. MEDIADAB currently has seventeen services on board. Snapshot added of the new ensemble. Snapshot of the existing ensemble updated.

May 25th
Snapshot of the French local ensemble NANTES 12A updated. France Maghreb 2 has been relabelled FRANCE MAGHREB 2 since the previous observation. Virage Radio has been relabelled VIRAGE RADIO and its SId has changed.

May 25th
Snapshot of the French regional ensemble BORDEAUX 8C for Gironde updated, relabelled since the previous observation. Ouï FM has been relabelled OUI FM.

May 24th
Snapshot added of the French Block 7A local ensemble BORDEAUX.

May 24th
Snapshot of the French local ensemble BORDEAUX 8B updated, relabelled since the previous observation. Multiple other changes.

May 24th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Dussnang extends and improves coverage of SRG SSR D01 in an area that includes Dussnang, Fischingen and Oberwangen (TG). The announcement on broadcast.ch references also the Block 12D ensemble for Graubünden, SRG SSR R01. The new site would be substantially outside the expected service area of the latter and deep within the service area of the former, making it an unlikely addition to the network.

May 24th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 7A. Linsburg extends and improves coverage of NDR NDS HAN in an area that includes Nienburg/Weser, Wietzen, Bücken, Hoya, Eystrup and Rethem.

May 23rd
Three new regional ensembles have popped up in France. POITIERS 9C and tours-etendu each have thirteen audio services on board. ORLEANS 10A currently has eleven.
Snapshots of POITIERS 9C and tours-etendu added.

May 23rd
Snapshot of the French local ensemble ST-NAZAIRE 8D updated.
Ensemble relabelled and with changed EId since the previous observation. Multiple other changes.

May 23rd
Snapshot of the UK local ensemble South East Wales updated.
Cessation of AspenWaite Radio.

May 21st
Snapshot of the UK local ensemble North Yorkshire updated.
YO1 Radio Xtra has been relabelled YO1 Radio since the previous observation.

May 20th
On the UK ensemble D1 National, an additional service has popped up. Heart 00s is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. The service CapXTRA Reloaded has ceased.

May 20th
On the UK local ensemble South East Wales, the service AspenWaite Radio has ceased. The service Nation Radio has returned to 112 kbit/s, Joint Stereo.

May 20th
In Sweden, following a change of the operator's name, the NENT GROUP ensembles have been relabelled VIAPLAY GROUP. Snapshot of the Malmö ensemble updated.

May 20th
A new service has popped up on London 1.
CapXTRA Reloaded is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s.
The existing service Smooth Chill has ceased.
Snapshot updated.

May 19th
On the UK local ensemble Sussex, the service V2 Radio has been relabelled V2 Radio Sussex.

May 18th
Snapshot of the UK local ensemble Oxfordshire updated.
The existing service Get Radio has switched to Joint Stereo at 112 kbit/s since the previous observation.

May 18th
Two additional services have popped up on the UK ensemble Trial Manchester.
Care Radio and Happy Radio UK are broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. The existing service Fix Radio has ceased, having recently become available on SDL National. At the time the latest snapshot was taken, the newcomers were running without audio streams.

May 16th
On the UK ensemble Salisbury, the service Salisbury Radio has switched from DAB+ to "original-flavour" DAB and is now broadcasting in Joint Stereo at 112 kbit/s. The existing DAB+ service BFBS Salisbury has increased its bitrate to 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

May 16th
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the national ensemble Antenne DE.
Brillux Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
The existing service FEMOTION RADIO has ceased.

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