In Germany, the public-service NDR has brought into service new transmitters in Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein. Schiffdorf extends coverage the Block 12A instance of NDR NS to Nordenham, Langen, Loxstedt and Bokel, but is also of particular benefit to Bremerhaven. Morsum, on the island of Sylt, extends coverage of the Block 12B instance of NDR SH to this and the neighbouring islands of Amrum and Föhr, as well as the adjacent mainland coastline around Dagebüll.
A DAB+ pilot is due to take place in Iran. A press announcement
from Factum Radioscape relating to the supply of monitoring equipment for the pilot, reveals that Fara Afrand, a transmitter manufacturer and systems integrator for the project are to use a 4kW transmitter in Tehran.
Snapshot updated of the Croatian ensemble OIV DEMO. Multiple changes since previous snapshot.
Snapshot added of the new Austrian national ensemble DAB+ Austria.
Listing added for the new Block 7B ensemble in Marbella, 7B DAB+C.del Sol.
A second new local ensemble is reported to have popped up in Spain. A Málaga station, RRN, has announced that it is now available in DAB+ on Block 7B in Marbella and along the Costa del Sol. Coincidentally or otherwise, the new ensemble in Gran Canaria also uses Block 7B.
Two new services have popped up on the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2.
Joe 90's and Joe Easy are each broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.
[Wohnort: Those who remember the Gerry Anderson series could be forgiven for hoping that Joe 90's transmissions are "within spec". Sorry!]
Snapshot added of the Danish regional ensemble in Esbjerg, Vestjyland.
The UK regulator has advertised local licences to cover, respectively, South-west Scotland, Cumbria and the City of Lancaster. Ofcom has made three frequencies available, including international co-ordination for 11B at Lancaster, so that applicants may choose from a number of different possible scenarios, from covering the whole of Cumbria on a single frequency to covering north and west Cumbria with one frequency and Morecambe Bay with another. An applicant may apply for one or more licences. The number of licences awarded will depend on the coverage proposals of the winning applicant(s). BBC Radio Scotland has been reserved capacity on the mux that will serve south-west Scotland. BBC Radio Cumbria is reserved capacity on the mux(es) that cover(s) Cumbria. Closing date for applications is September 11th 2019.
Snapshot updated of the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2. Multiple changes since previous observation.
A new service has popped up on D1 National. Gold UK is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s. The service made a brief appearance on Friday and has now reappeared. There are now three DAB+ services on this ensemble, with room still for a fourth. Snapshot updated.
Cornwall snapshot updated. Multiple changes since previous observation.
In Australia, a new service has popped up on the Block 9A ensemble DAB+ HOBART. 7HO Classic Hits is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. The existing service 7HO has been relabelled 7HO FM and has dropped to 40 kbit/s. Kix Country has dropped to 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
On Trial Glasgow, the service Visitor Radio has ceased. Snapshot updated.
In France, the regulator has launched a consultation
prior to advertising 29 regional and local ensembles in 15 areas: Amiens, Angers, Brest, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Le Mans, Limoges, Metz, Montpellier, Nancy, Nîmes, Perpignan, Reims, Troyes and Rennes. The closing date for responses is June 19th 2019.
On the Austrian ensemble CityMUX Wien II, the service EWF has reappeared after an absence of several weeks.
On D1 National, Heart extra and Smooth Extra have switched from mono "original-flavour" DAB to stereo DAB+, becoming the first DAB+ services on the ensemble. Now, both of the UK's national commercial ensembles contain both DAB and DAB+ services. Snapshot updated.
The operator of Trial Glasgow, Nation Broadcasting, has brought a second transmitter into operation on Block 10B. The new site at Cowcaddens improves coverage to the north and west of the city as well as in the city centre itself.
Snapshot updated of the French ensemble RNT NICE 6. Cessation of RAJE Nice since the previous observation.
Snapshot updated of the French ensemble RNT Nice 1. The DAB+ service Kiss FM has been relabelled KISS FM CANNES and has switched to the higher bitrate of 96 kbit/s.
Snapshot updated of the Monaco ensemble MCR2. Two additional services since the previous observation - KISS FM NICE and RADIO YACHT. All services on the ensemble are now running at 96 kbit/s.
Swindon snapshot updated.
In Italy, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up in Napoli on Block 10A.
CREADAB is reported to have fifteen audio services on board.
A new service has popped up on the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2.
Q-Summer is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.
The closure of Switzerland's terrestrial television networks has given rise to the rather curious situation that if you happen to live in the Südtirol (Alto Adige) region of Italy, you can continue to receive Swiss television from terrestrial transmissions exactly as before - something that is no longer possible in Switzerland itself. The public-service rebroadcaster RAS transmits, in both SD and HD versions, the german-language services SRF-1 and SRF-Zwei and the italian-language service RSI La1. The RAS has recently begun transmitting DVB-T2 (with HEVC encoding) from seven sites as a pilot prior to Italy rolling out DVB-T2 from 2022 onwards. The pilot multiplex broadcasts RSI La1 in HD, along with HD versions of ARTE and ORF III plus an HD version of ORF 1 or ORF 2 broadcasting in alternation.
Terrestrial television broadcasting in Switzerland has ended. Regular analogue broadcasts began in 1953, following years of intermittent test transmissions since 1939. Analogue broadcasts ended in 2008, having been superceded by DVB-T, which has ended today. The public-service broadcaster estimates that finally only 2% of Swiss households received their programmes using DVB-T. Viewers of the SRG/SSR services must switch to satellite (DVB-S), cable (DVB-C) or internet streaming (IP-TV). In some parts of Switzerland, overspill reception from neighbouring countries continues to be possible. For example, Wohnort has received stable HD signals in Geneva from French broadcasters.
On * DAB Italia *, the service * RDS * Relax has been relabelled * RDS Relax *.
Surrey-NSussex snapshot updated. Cyber Gold relabelled ATLANTIS. Cessation of Cyber Rock.
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Suffolk. ATLANTIS is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. The newcomer's SId matches Cyber Gold on Trial Norwich
In Germany, the media regulator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has advertised
capacity on two ensembles - one future and one existing. The regulator, believing that is necessary to conduct a scientific study into the public acceptance of DAB+, has proposed a three-year pilot, involving an ensemble that has been advertised as a platform and will cover three distinct small areas - the cities of Kiel and Lübeck plus the island of Sylt and the immediately-adjacent mainland. In addition, the regulator has advertised, also for three years, 54 of the Capacity Units on the existing ensemble operated by public-service broadcaster NDR for use by an existing private-sector Land-wide radio service. According to the advertisement, the NDR MFN will rise from eight to ten transmitter sites by the time the pilot begins. Closing date for applications is June 28th, 14:00.
The great DAB measles plague (or is it smallpox?) has spread to Switzerland. The first service known to be infected has popped up on the second-layer ensemble for the Italian-speaking region, DIG I02. * RTO * (Radio Trasmissioni Ossola - an Italian local radio station for Ghiffa on Lago Maggiore, carrying many Swiss advertisements and carried on Swiss cable) is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.
A new service has popped up on the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2. Q-Foute Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.
A new service has popped up on the Norwegian local ensemble for Sør-Trøndelag uten Fosen, including Trondheim, Lokalradio 1. pTro is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s. The existing service Nea Radio Test has been relabelled Test NR and is now running at 128 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
In Italy, the multiplex operator DAB Italia has brought the following transmitters into service on Block 12C during May, extending coverage of * DAB Italia * as follows:-
Poggio Nibbio (Viterbo) and the area between Tuscany and Lazio
Monte Creò (Iseo Lake, Valcamonica)
Teggiano (Sala Consilina), extending coverage on the A2 highway
Campo dei Fiori (Varese)
In France, the regulator has published a very long list
containing both sets (in the same list) of applications deemed admissable for capacity on ensembles in Paris and Marseille.
In France, the regulator has approved an increase in power for the Block 7C local ensemble STRASBOURG+, subject to successful international co-ordination, from 2.5kW to 5kW.
In Norway, a new local ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 11D. Fosen lokal DAB is reported to have just one service on board currently, P5 Fosen, running in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.
On the Austrian ensemble CityMUX Wien II, the service Radio Maria has ceased following the appearance of R.Maria on the new national ensemble.
BBC WorldService is now available across much of Italy following its appearance on the national ensemble #EuroDab Italia, broadcasting in DAB+ at 56 kbit/s and replacing #RTL groove. The DLS identifies the new service as a "Transmission TEST". Multiple changes to other services' bitrates. Snapshot updated.
A ninth service has popped up on the new national ensemble DAB+ Austria. R.Maria is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.
The new national ensemble DAB+ Austria has entered service with eight audio services on board. The public-service broadcaster ORF is absent. On the Vienna ensemble CityMUX Wien II, the services * 88.6 *, ENERGY, ERF Plus, Rock Antenne and Technikum ONE have ceased. These services are now to be found on the national ensemble.
It's a disease to which infants are vulnerable, but DAB+ Austria appears to have caught measles BEFORE birth. The service 88.6 has been relabelled * 88.6 *. The ensemble launches tomorrow.
In Denmark, two temporary services have popped up on the national ensemble DK DAB1. Radio Folkemødet will broadcast in connection with the annual political event on Bornholm. Radio IoT Week is to broadcast in connection with an "Internet of Things week" in Aarhus. Both services are operating in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s but are currently silent. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot added of the new French local ensemble Valenciennes.
In Germany, the Administrative Court in Leipzig has overturned the award of the second national ensemble to Antenne Deutschland. The court ruled that there were "profound procedural errors" in the selection process. The winning bid, Antenne Deutschland, resulted from a joint venture agreement between two companies, Absolut Digital and Media Broadcast, who had each applied in their own right. The joint venture had not existed, however, on the closing date of the advertisement, but came into being subsequently. The court ruled that the resulting joint venture should have been treated as a new applicant and ordered the regulator to bring the process to completion without those errors. The judgement is open to appeal, but the complainant is seeking a ruling to prevent transmissions from taking place until the legal process has run its course. For its part, and despite the judgement in Leipzig, Antenne Deutschland still hopes to begin transmissions in September, in spite of the legal and economic risks. The complaining applicant, Digital Audio Broadcasting Plattform GmbH called upon the regulators to award the licence in a way that is publicly accountable.
Trial Brighton snapshot updated. Cessation of Cyber Radio and The BEAT. Addition of Classical 1.
Snapshot of the local ensemble Bournemouth updated.
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN1, the service ROXX appears to be running with a changed SId.
In France, a new local ensemble has popped up in Nord-Pas-de-Calais on Block 7A. Valenciennes has eight audio services on board.
In Slovenia, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10D. Beli Križ improves coverage of Slovenia DAB+ R1 in Izola, Piran, Portorož and Lucija. Four more sites are expected to be brought into service later this year.
In Slovenia, the advertisement of vacant capacity for two services on the national ensemble Slovenia DAB+ R1 is massively oversubscribed, with eleven applications for services being received from eight broadcasters.
In Germany, the transmission power of the Block 11D transmitter Nordhelle has been increased from 1,5kW to 10kW, improving coverage of Radio fuer NRW
in Herscheid, Attendorn and Meinerzhagen. The public-service broadcaster WDR says
this is the first of a number of measures this year and next that will improve coverage in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
In Poland, capacity has been advertised on the first of four batches of local licences. The seven licences advertised today are for
- Toruń - Block 6C
- Rzeszów - Block 9B
- Warsaw - Block 10B
- Katowice - Block 12C
- Częstochowa - Block 12D
- Tarnów - Block 9C
- Poznań - Block 5C
If demand outstrips capacity, a selection process will take place. The regulator will appoint an operator for each multiplex once capacity has been awarded. The selected broadcasters will be able to indicate their preferred operator. Applications must be submitted within 45 days of the publication in Monitor Polski.
A second batch will be advertised in Q4 2019.
A national multiplex is expected to be advertised after public consultations.
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. News Radio UK is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
On Trial Portsmouth, the service Test A has been relabelled News Radio UK.
On the Austrian ensemble CityMUX Wien II, the service EWF has ceased.
In France, the regulator has fixed July 2nd 2019 as the date of the start of transmissions of the Block 5D ensemble Nantes étendu, the Blocks 7B and 12A local ensembles for Nantes, the Block 9A local ensemble for La Roche-sur-Yon and the Block 8D local ensemble for Saint-Nazaire.
In France, transmissions of the new Block 7A local ensemble for Valenciennes in Nord-Pas-de-Calais are expected to begin on May 22nd.
Snapshot of the Italian ensemble CR DAB Piemonte updated. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot, including additional services and bitrate changes to existing services.
Two new services have popped up on Trial Portsmouth. Goldmine DAB and Test A are broadcasting in DAB+ at 24 and 32 kbit/s respectively. The existing "original-flavour" DAB services Sam FM and The Breeze have switched to DAB+, running at 40 kbit/s each. The service MetalMeyhemRadio has ceased. Multiple other changes to bitrates. Snapshot updated. There is one remaining "original-flavour" DAB service on this ensemble.
In Germany, the regulator for Saarland advertised capacity on a future ensemble for private-sector broadcasters and advertised for a platform operator. bigFM, CityRadio Saarland, Krix.FM, Saarfunk 1 and Saarfunk 2, RADIO SALÜ and CLASSIC ROCK RADIO, Kuschel.fm and Kraftpaket - das Radio have sought capacity. DIVICON MEDIA HOLDING and MEDIA BROADCAST have applied to operate a platform. The regulator's decision is expected to be made on September 12th.
On the local ensemble Cornwall, Smooth Cornwall is reported to have replaced Capital UK.
In Austria, the first transmissions have been reported additionally from Graz-Schöckl on Block 8A in preparation for the launch of the national ensemble DAB+ Austria. Four DAB+ audio services are currently being broadcast.
Snapshot added of the Norwegian local ensemble broadcast in Solør Hedmarken and Østerdalen, now labelled HO lokal. Multiple changes since the previous listing.
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian regional ensemble broadcast in Agder/Rogaland, including Stavanger and Kristiansand, NRK Reg3 SørRog. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot.
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble broadcast in Jæren Dalane and Ryfylke, Lokale kanaler. A mix of "original-flavour" DAB and DAB+ services is broadcast. The recent additions use DAB+.
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 8B. Garz on the island of Rügen, improves coverage of the regional ensemble for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern NDR MV on the south of the island, including Samtens, Gingst, Trent, Altenkirchen, Sagard, Binz, Sellin and Göhren.
Snapshots updated of the Italian regional ensembles Umbria DAB, DIGILOC UMBRIA and C.R. DAB UMBRIA. Multiple changes on all three.
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