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Latest Updates and News

July 22nd
Two additional services have popped up on the French ensemble Rouen Local 1.
INROCKS RADIO and PANAME are each broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

July 19th
An additional service has popped up on the UK local ensemble North Yorkshire.
YO1 Radio Xtra is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 19th
On the German national ensemble Antenne DE, the service Klassik R. Movie has been relabelled Beats Radio. Snapshot updated.

July 19th
The UK regulator has awarded the six remaining small-scale DAB licences from the Round One advertisement.
  • Alnwick and Morpeth – UK DAB Networks Limited
  • Birmingham North – Switch Radio
  • Birmingham South – South Birmingham Digital Radio Limited
  • Bradford – Bradford Digital Media Limited
  • Exeter – ExeDAB Limited
  • Isles of Scilly - Like DAB Limited
Birmingham North and Isles of Scilly each had a single applicant. The other areas had more than one applicant. The deadline for applications for the Round Two areas is September 1st, 2021. 25 further areas are expected to be advertised in Round Three in Q4 2021.

July 18th
In Switzerland, a low-power transmitter has been brought into service in Chiasso on Block 10C, improving coverage of DIG I02 at the southern tip of the country.

July 18th
In France, an article published on the website of national public-service broadcaster Radio France states that October 12th will be the launch date of the two national multiplexes.

July 17th
Snapshot updated of the Swiss ensemble DIG I02.
1 THAALAM THAMIL replaces Radio Tell.
RFT POP relabelled RFT POP+.
CUs re-ordered.

July 17th
In France, the local ensemble for Calais has been relabelled DAB COTE D'OPALE.
Two additional services NRL NordLittoral and PITCHOUN are reported to have popped up.


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Update History

July 15th
In Italy, the digitalbitrate receiver in Bari has captured a new ensemble on Block 12D.
C.R. DAB PUGLIA is reported to have eight audio services on board, currently, using a mixture of different bitrates.

July 15th
In Poland, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up in Opole on Block 10C.
Radiopolska reports that three DAB+ audio services are onboard, each running at 128 kbit/s.

July 15th
In Switzerland, an additional service has popped up on the local ensemble for Basel, DIG D04 - BS. Happy Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. On the same ensemble, the existing service THAALAM THAMIL has been relabelled 1 THAALAM THAMIL.

July 13th
On the German local ensemble Kiel K5A, the SId of OSTSEE KI has changed.

July 12th
In France, four additional services have popped up on the local ensemble Valenciennes. CHERIEFM HAINAUT, Melody, NRJ VALENCIENNES and RCM are broadcasting in DAB+.

July 12th
In France, three additional services have popped up on the local ensemble Dunkerque, which itself has been relabelled DAB Flandres. CONTACT FM, NRJ NordLittoral and Uylenspiegel are broadcasting in DAB+.

July 11th
In France, the regulator has authorised two additional transmitters to broadcast the ensemble RNT Nice 3. Vallauris is authorised to use 4 kW on Block 11C and will extend and improve coverage in Cannes. Grasse is authorised to transmit 3.5 kW further inland from Cannes.

July 11th
In France, the regulator has authorised an additional transmitter to broadcast the local ensemble RNT Nice 4. Vallauris is authorised to use 4 kW on Block 9D and will extend and improve coverage in Cannes.

July 6th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10B.
Petkus (10 kW) improves coverage of rbb BRB/BLN K10B in Teltow-Fläming and in western parts of Dahme-Spreewald.

July 2nd
Two additional services have popped up on Trial Aldershot.
Care Radio and V2 Radio are broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s each. The existing service Radio Biscuit has ceased.

July 2nd
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 8D.
Bremen-Walle (2 kW) broadcasts the Niedersachsen regional ensemble for Oldenburg, NDR NDS OL, improving coverage in an area that includes Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Worpswede, Ottersberg, Oyten, Achim and Syke as well as within Bremen itself.

July 2nd
Snapshot of the German ensemble HESSEN NORD updated. Multiple changes since the previous observation.

July 2nd
In France, the regulator has authorised the operators of the forthcoming local and "étendu" ensembles for Toulon to broadcast from a transmitter tower close to the Notre-Dame du Mai at Cap Sicié. The local ensemble will be transmitted with an ERP of 4 kW, the "étendu" with 10 kW. The date on which these ensembles' authorisations come into effect has been fixed as July 15th 2021.
Update: The first transmissions of both ensembles have been reported today. These are likely to be sporadic until the launch day. [It appears that the reported reception was probably of ensembles in Marseille, thanks to fortuitous propagation.]

July 1st
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11D. Lennestadt improves coverage of the Nordrhein-Westfalen ensemble over an area of the southern Sauerland that includes Lennestadt, Finnentrop and Kirchhundem. A few days earlier a transmitter at Meschede was brought into service, improving coverage in the Hochsauerland further north.

July 1st
In Belgium, the first low-power transmissions have been reported on Block 12B ahead of the launch of the forthcoming local ensemble for Liège later in the year. These are likely to be sporadic engineering tests only, with sustained transmissions at full power not likely until closer to the launch date.

July 1st
On the Croatian ensemble OIV Croatia DAB+, the service Antena Zadar has ceased.

July 1st
radio-tv-nederland reports that on the local ensemble Almere DAB, the service ANTENNE DOMSTAD has been relabelled JINX RADIO.

July 1st
On the UK ensemble D1 National, the packet data service INRIX UK TPEG has ceased.

July 1st
A new service has popped up on the Swiss local ensemble for Basel, DIG D04 - BS.
THAALAM THAMIL is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

July 1st
On the German ensemble Bayern, the services B5 aktuell and B5 plus have been relabelled BR24 and BR24live respectively. The EPG has reappeared compared with the previous observation. Snapshot updated.

July 1st
On Trial Glasgow, Nation Dance and Nation Love have replaced Little Radio and Oxygen Radio UK. Snapshot updated.

June 30th
Snapshot updated of the German regional ensemble for Oldenburg, NDR NDS OL. The Ensemble ID and the Service ID of the EPG have changed since last year's observation.

June 30th
The first brief test transmission has been reported on Block 12A in the Channel Islands ahead of the launch of the forthcoming local ensemble later in the year. These are likely to be sporadic engineering tests only, with sustained transmissions not likely until much closer to the launch date.

June 30th
Snapshot of the German ensemble Hamburg K10D updated. KLASSIK Radio has switched to 64 kbit/s at Protection Level EEP 2-B since the previous observation. HLRdigital has switched in the opposite direction to 72 kbit/s at Protection Level EEP 3-A.

June 30th
In Italy, broadcasters in the Marche region have established a network operator to broadcast the services of its members via DAB+. Marche DAB is a consortium of Aeranti-Corallo members Radio Antares, Radio Bruno, Radio Duomo, Radio Italia 1960s, Radio Mater, Radio Nuova Macerata, Radio Studio Delta, Radio Gamma Romagna Region, Radio Stella and Veronica My Radio 2.

A second consortium has also been formed. Adria Dab Marche is a joint venture between Radio Linea, 70-80-90, SkyLine, Studio +, 60-70-80, Radio Delta Uno, Radio Play Capital, Studio 5, Radio Ciao, Radio Fermo Uno, Latte e Miele, Radio Azzurra, Radio Arancia, Conero, Radio Sportiva Marche, Radio FM Faleria a Mare, Multiradio, Radio Tua.

June 30th
In Italy, broadcasters in the Abruzzo region have established a network operator to broadcast the services of its members via DAB+. Adria Dab Abruzzo is a consortium of Radio Studio 5, Radio Ciao, Radio Delta Uno, Radio Play Capital, Radio Parsifal, Radio California, Radio Studio Più, Radio Linea, Radio Azzurra, Lattemiele, Radio Speranza and Radio Luce.

June 30th
Snapshot updated of the German regional ensemble for Norderstedt, NDR SH NOR.

June 29th
Snapshot added of the German regional ensemble for Helgoland, NDR SH HL.

June 29th
In Italy, RadioTV Calabria reports that a new service has popped up on the regional ensemble _ADN DAB. RADIO SERRA 98 is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

June 29th
Snapshot of the Italian regional ensemble MediaDAB Torino updated. A new service has popped up. GO-COMPILATION is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. An unlabelled service has also popped up, running at 16 kbit/s and flagged as an audio service but currently without an audio stream.

June 29th
Snapshot of the Polskie Radio ensemble for Szczecin updated. Addition of Radio Kierowców and removal of the Journaline services since the previous observation.

June 29th
Snapshot of the German regional ensemble for Schwerin, NDR MV SN, updated.

June 27th
On RNT Paris 5, the packet data service teria is reported to have ceased.

June 27th
Snapshot added of the Polskie Radio ensemble for Koszalin. Snapshot of the Gdańsk ensemble updated.

June 27th
Snapshot added of the Block 12A Stockholm ensemble BAUER MEDIA.

June 27th
Update: Snapshot added of the low-power ensemble observed in southern Sweden on Block 10C. DAB TEST in Linköping is operated by Paneda and had seven services on board when the snapshot was taken. The EId seen (E102) was not unique in Sweden, being used also by SR UPPLAND. [This story has been revised to identify the operator and location]

June 26th
In the French-language forum TVNT, the five remaining services are reported to have popped up on the local ensemble Macon-Cluny.

June 26th
Snapshot added of the Swedish regional ensembles in Uppsala, SR UPPLAND and NENT GROUP.

June 26th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local ensemble RTV WESTERWOLDE.

June 25th
On the UK local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, the service TEST has been relabelled POINTBLANK RADIO.

June 24th
In France the regulator has authorised the Fédération des Radios Associatives de La Réunion to operate a test transmission using DAB+ in Saint-Denis on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion. The authorisation, announced on the CSA website but not yet found in the Journal Officiel, runs from May 24th 2021 to February 23rd 2022.

June 23rd
In France the regulator has issued the formal authorisations for services that will broadcast on the forthcoming regional ensemble for Charente-Maritime, known officially as "La Rochelle étendu", and the remaining authorisations for the forthcoming local ensemble for La Rochelle.

June 23rd
On the UK ensemble Trial Brighton, the service Classical 1 has been relabelled CLASSIC ONE.

June 23rd
In the Netherlands, an auction has been conducted for slots on the forthcoming national ensemble, known officially as Layer 7. All twelve slots have been awarded.

June 23rd
Snapshot of the Netherlands local ensemble DAB+ 4 Brainport updated.
Recent addition of NASHVILLE FM. Multiple other changes since the previous observation.

June 22nd
A new service has popped up on the Austrian national ensemble DAB+ Austria.
Radio Flamingo is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 22nd
A new service OneDanceFM.ch is reported to have popped up on the Swiss local ensembles DIG D04 - AG and DIG D04 - ZS.

June 20th
Two new services have popped up on the Netherlands national ensemble MTVNL.
ArrowClassicRock and Magic FM are broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s apiece. Snapshot updated.

June 19th
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11D. Gelsenkirchen-Scholven (10 kW) improves coverage of the Nordrhein-Westfalen ensemble Radio fuer NRW in the northwestern Ruhrgebiet. Schöppingen (1 kW) improves coverage in an area that includes Borken and Steinfurt.

June 19th
In Italy, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 10C.
MEDIADAB LIGURIA is reported to have eleven services on board.

June 19th
In France, the regulator has issued the first of the formal authorisations for services that will broadcast on the forthcoming local ensemble at La Rochelle.

June 19th
In France, the regulator has authorised an increase in power to 8kW at the Fort de Romainville transmitter broadcasting the Block 9B ensemble RNT Paris 5.

June 19th
digitalbitrate reports that on the Tunisian ensemble ONT, the service ZITOUNA has been relabelled PANORAMA.

June 19th
radio-tv-nederland reports that a new service has popped up on the Netherlands local ensemble for Eindhoven, DAB+ 4 Brainport.
Nashville FM is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

June 19th
Snapshot of the Danish local ensemble MUX3-SYDSJ-BORN updated.
Two additional services have popped up since the previous observation. PLANET ROCK and PopFM 80'er are broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s apiece.

June 19th
Snapshot of the Danish local ensemble Oestjyll updated.
A new service has popped up since the previous observation. PLANET ROCK is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. The services mix 7 and Radio Vinyl have ceased.

June 17th
In Belgium, the media regulator in the French-speaking region has authorised the operators for four new local ensembles.
  • Brabant Wallon Est - MFN BW EST ASBL (to operate as an MFN on Blocks 7D, 8B and 8C)
  • Hainaut Nord - DABALS ASBL (to operate as an MFN on Blocks 7B, 9C and 11C)
  • Namur - Radio Diffusion + ASBL (to operate as an MFN on Blocks 7A, 7B and 11C)
  • Liège Est - Liège Est DAB+ ASBL (to operate as an SFN on Block 11B)
June 17th
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 3, the service URBAN HIT is reported to be using a changed SId.

June 17th
In France, the regulator has issued the remaining formal authorisations to services that will broadcast on a forthcoming regional ensemble for Franche-Comté, known officially as "Besançon étendu".

June 16th
In Germany, the media regulator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has authorised a service HarbourTown Radio to broadcast in Hamburg on DAB+. The service is expected to be broadcast on the forthcoming second private-sector ensemble for Hamburg that is expected to launch in the second half of this year.

June 16th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11A. Kirn improves coverage of the Rheinland-Pfalz ensemble SWR RP in an area that includes Kirn, Hochstetten-Dhaun, Berschweiler and Griebelschied.

June 16th
In France, the regulator has issued the first of the formal authorisations to services that will broadcast on a forthcoming regional ensemble for Franche-Comté, known officially as "Besançon étendu".

June 16th
In Germany, the media regulator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has awarded the platform operation of a forthcoming second private-sector ensemble for Hamburg to Media Broadcast GmbH. There were two other applicants. The new ensemble is expected to launch in the second half of this year.

June 14th
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Surrey-NSussex.
TEST is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s and is reported to be broadcasting an audio message that refers to Point Blank Radio. Snapshot updated.

June 12th
In Poland, the Block 10B ensemble from Prehyba near Szczawnica has reappeared after an absence of three months. Radiopolska reports that the operator is now DABCOM, in place of the Tarnów diocese. According to the report, there are now eleven audio services on board - RDN Małopolska, RDN Nowy Sącz, Radio Profeto, Trendy Radio, Mega Radio, Radio Nuta, Disco Radio, Radio Imperium, Radio 7, Wasze Radio FM and Muzyczne Radio, each running at 128 kbit/s.

June 11th
On Trial Bristol, the existing instance of Ujima has been relabelled RETUNE to Ujima. A new instance of Ujima has SId (CFBD).

June 11th
In France, the regulator has issued the remaining formal authorisations for services that will broadcast on the forthcoming local ensemble for Besançon.

June 10th
In France, the regulator has published, just three days before it is due to expire, the authorisation issued to VH COM to operate a temporary ensemble FeteRadioSarthe to coincide with the Fête de la Radio. The ensemble is using Block 7B, which is the channel allocated to the forthcoming local ensemble for Le Mans. The authorisation runs from May 31st to June 13th 2021.

June 10th
In France, the regulator has issued the first five of the formal authorisations for services that will broadcast on the forthcoming local ensemble for Besançon.

June 9th
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands national ensemble DAB+. Minor changes since the previous observation.

June 9th
In France, the regulator has authorised SAS Grand Ouest Mux to operate forthcoming local ensembles in Orléans, Poitiers and Tours. SAS Compagnie des multiplex DAB has been authorised to operate the corresponding regional ("étendus") ensembles.

June 9th
In Germany, the media regulator for Berlin-Brandenburg has received nine applications for the at least three slots advertised on the regional ensemble Berlin/BRBG K12D.
  • ByteFM (Byte.FM GmbH)
  • DIANA - Radio für die Frau (MEGA Radio GmbH)
  • Großstadtradio (Arbeitstitel) (Joachim Ackermann)
  • Mega Radio Berlin (MEGA Radio GmbH)
  • OLDIE ANTENNE (Antenne Bayern GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Radio BHeins (Babelsberg Hitradio GmbH)
  • RADIO HOLIDAY (The Radio Group GmbH)
  • ROCK ANTENNE Berlin (ROCK ANTENNE GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Sawt Almania – Stimme Deutschlands (The Yocan Foundation)
The application from ROCK ANTENNE was conditional upon the service being awarded the currently-advertised 104.1 MHz FM frequency.

June 8th
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands national ensemble NPO. An EPG has reappeared compared with the previous observation. The existing audio service NPO FunX Dance has been relabelled NPO FunX Fissa.

June 7th
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Lincolnshire.
TX1 Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 7th
A second transmitter is now broadcasting Trial Portsmouth at low power from Leigh Park.

June 7th
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands local ensemble DAB Lokaal 34, serving Zandvoort and Haarlem. Multiple changes since the previous observation. All services are now running at Protection Level 2.

June 7th
A new service has popped up on London 2.
Virgin Pride is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

June 6th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL, now operating as a national layer of coverage on Block 7D.

June 6th
In France, the forthcoming local ensemble for Le Mans has popped up ahead of its official launch in July with a temporary transmission to coincide with La Fête de la Radio, under the guise of FeteRadioSarthe. Ten audio services are reported to be on board.

June 5th
Snapshot of the Belgian regional ensemble HAINAUT 2 updated, showing changes already reported.

June 5th
Snapshot of the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2 updated, showing changes already reported.

June 3rd
In France, the regulator has authorised the transmitter sites that will be used for the forthcoming ensemble for Marseille (known officially as "Marseille étendu". The important Grande Étoile site will operate on Block 5B with 10 kW, and a second transmitter will broadcast from Îles du Frioul with 4 kW. The authorisations come into effect on July 15th 2021.

June 2nd
The Netherlands broadcaster Polderpop Radio has announced that it will begin broadcasting on the Block 7B local ensemble for Eindhoven from June 19th.

June 2nd
A new service has popped up on the UK local ensemble Sussex.
More Radio Retro is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 56 kbit/s, Mono LSF. Snapshot updated.

June 2nd
Snapshot of the German national ensemble Antenne DE updated.
Addition of SPORTRADIO since the previous observation, broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

June 2nd
DAB+ Austria snapshot updated.
Addition of Antenne Österrei and arabella HOT since the previous observation, both broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. The former has popped up from time to time prior to its launch for short tests, hence its appearance in the snapshot from January.

June 1st
In Germany, the Ostseewelle has also popped up on the local ensemble Lübeck K9D, broadcasting here as OSTSEE HL.

June 1st
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11B. Donaueschingen (10kW) and Hochblauen/Badenweiler (8kW) extend coverage of the Baden-Württemberg ensemble OAS BW.

June 1st
A new service has popped up on the Austrian ensemble for Vienna, CityMUX Wien II.
arabella GOLD is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

June 1st
A new service has popped up on the German local ensemble Kiel K5A.
OSTSEE KI is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

June 1st
A new service has popped up on the Austrian national ensemble DAB+ Austria.
Antenne Österrei, whose name is unfortunately two characters longer that the specification allows, is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. There must be better ways of representing the service's name within 16 characters, surely.

June 1st
The UK regulator has advertised licences for 22 new small-scale DAB areas in northwest England and northeast Wales in Round Two of its licensing programme.
  • Blackburn, Burnley & Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Bolton & Bury
  • Cheshire (East)
  • Cheshire (Mid)
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port
  • Clitheroe
  • Congleton & Leek
  • Crewe, Nantwich & Whitchurch
  • Glossop & Buxton
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Oldham & Rochdale
  • Preston
  • Rhyl, Ruthin & Mold
  • Southport
  • Stockport
  • Stoke & Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Warrington, Widnes & Runcorn
  • Wigan
  • Wirral
  • Wrexham
Closing date is September 1st 2021. A third round will be launched later this year.

June 1st
The UK regulator has awarded licences for five more small-scale DAB areas advertised in Round One - Basingstoke, Clevedon Avonmouth & Filton, Dudley & Stourbridge, East Bristol and Newcastle & Gateshead. The remaining six Round One areas will be announced "shortly".

June 1st
In the Netherlands, the Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat has launched a consultation on proposals to transform the regional coverage of Layer 4 consisting of five allotments currently into a new Layer 4 which will comprise seven allotments. The proposed new arrangement is said to align more closely with the wishes of broadcasters.

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