In Germany, the Director of Deutschlandradio has called for expanded DAB+ coverage, with the motto
"FM as long as necessary. DAB+ as fast as possible."
In Switzerland, the first test transmissions have been reported on Block 8B from the new minimux for Chur/Sarganserland, DIG D04 - CS. Currently, three test services are being broadcast.
On Trial London, RINSE FM is running at the lower bitrate of 64 kbit/s and has dropped to EEP 2-A.
In the Netherlands, a new local DAB trial has popped up on Block 10D in Apeldoorn, broadcasting four services currently using DAB+.
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Bavarian regional ensemble Unterfranken. RADIO HASHTAG+ is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
In Croatia, the regulator has announced
sixteen services selected to participate in a DAB+ pilot. The public-service broadcaster HRT is absent.
- Radio 808
- Radio Kaj
- Sjeverni FM
- Radio Koprivnica Zupanski radio
- Radio Istra
- Antena Radio
- Radio Zabok
- Narodni Radio
- Radio Dalmacija
- GOLD FM
- Radio Banovina
- Enter Zagreb
- Trend Radio
- Radio Martin
- Soundset Trsat
- Radio 101
In Italy, a new ensemble has popped up in Torino on Block 12D. R DIGILOG TO CU was observed testing very briefly on October 5th with twelve DAB+ services but is believed not to be on air currently. Snapshot added.
Dutch DAB anarchy
Is your radio behaving strangely? Displaying the name of one service while playing the audio of another? Unable to tune into a service that you were listening to just few moments ago? Find that when you select one station from your radio's list, your radio takes you to another service instead? Are you in the Netherlands? If so, it may not be a problem with your radio!
The Ensemble ID is supposed to be unique within a territory, even where two ensembles are run by the same operator. If they have different sets of services, then they should have different EIds, because... they are different. Two transmissions with the same EId should be identical down to the last CU. The only exception is when a number of transmitters broadcast the same ensemble on the same frequency and use a technique known as "Local Windows in DAB" to provide a service in one area but not another.
The multiplex MTVNL, which appears on different frequencies around the country, so the Local Windows scenario does not apply, appears to use the same EId (8181) on transmissions that contain a different mix of services. The Block 11A version of MTVNL broadcasts NH Radio. Block 5B and Block 12B apparently do not, but have the same EId.
The local DAB trial BROADCASTSHOP.NL in Waddinxveen appears to use the same EId (8182) as the MTVNL transmissions in Eindhoven.
The Service ID is supposed to be unique for any particular service within a territory. The SId 0035 is used by RADIO182 in Waddinxveen and by ONE in Wageningen. In any case, the SId is not TS 101 756 compliant for a Netherlands service.
One is surprised that the Dutch regulator accepts this kind of situation.
Snapshot of the Netherland local DAB trial BROADCASTSHOP.NL. MIDLAND FM is running with a changed SId, making it the only service on this ensemble whose SId is TS 101 756 compliant for a Netherlands service. The EId is similarly non-compliant.
In Germany, Radio Galaxy has been allocated capacity on the local ensembles Augsburg and Muenchen. Radio Galaxy was previously available on the Land-wide Block 10D ensemble, but with the restructuring of coverag in Bayern, this ensemble has been taken out of service. The new allocations last until October 31st 2017.
On the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, eagle3 has switched to DAB+ and is now running at 48 kbit/s. There are now four DAB+ services on this local ensemble. Snapshot updated.
The Swiss minimux operator Digris has published revised on-air dates for the remaining areas:-
- Chur-Sarganserland: October 2017
- Neuchâtel-Yverdon: February 2018
- St. Gallen: February 2018
- Rheintal: April 2018
- Fribourg: April 2018
- Oberwallis: April 2018
- Glarus: April 2018
On the Czech ensemble RTI cz DAB
, the service jamesdean.fm
to have ceased.
In Croatia, the media regulator has announced
that its recent Call for Expressions of Interest
in DAB+ capacity received more responses than can be accomodated on a single multiplex. For the purposes of the trials, 72 kbit/s is to be allocated to each of sixteen services. The media regulator has invited the interested parties to accept the terms and conditions of the advertisement which includes a monthly fee to be paid in advance for the entire duration of the trial. Deadline for responses is October 5th.
Two minimuxes have popped up in Dublin on Blocks 5A and 5B. Both are being broadcast with 200w each from Donnybrook. 24 DAB+ services are on Block 5A and 23 on Block 5B, though not all have audio currently. All nine RTÉ services plus all 36 commercial stations across Ireland are expected to be on the two muxes. The multiplexes have been implemented by Viamux
, a new company associated with the Manchester minimux operator Niocast.
BBC WorldService has popped up on the national Block 12C ensemble in Denmark, relabelled DK DAB1 now that all the Danmarks Radio services have migrated to the regional, second-layer ensembles.
Snapshot of the Danish regional ensemble DAB2 S updated. All services in Denmark are now broadcast using DAB+.
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