Page Updated:
April 16th, 2015

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A new DAB/DAB+ and FM receiver with WiFi and LAN connectivity for internet radio and network music streaming. AUX input and Remote Control. Powered by external AC adaptor. Telescopic antenna. Available in white, black and walnut finishes.
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A new DAB+ receiver from Italy and christened for its birthplace in Südtirol (Alto Adige). The Dolomit is a DAB/DAB+ and FM mains-powered receiver from Lenuss. L-band reception is possible in addition to Band III. A detachable telescopic aerial permits the receiver to be connected to an external antenna if desired. The display panel on top may be angled for optimum visibility from the front. 2x20w amplifiers for the internal loudspeakers. Available in walnut or black finishes.
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"My DAB radio is toast!"
DAB+  Band III  bluetooth

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'Black Toast' to be precise, from designer Emma Bridgewater. This new retro receiver from View Quest receives DAB, DAB+ and FM and has Bluetooth connectivity. Powered from the mains with a UK/EU multiplug or by using four "AA" batteries.
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DAB+ in a plug
DAB+  Band III

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The Ubisound2Go is a DAB+ radio in a mains plug. The display can be swivelled through 360° for optimum legibility. European pins on the AC connector. Available from December 12th.
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DAB+ thumbnail   DAB+
RNT thumbnail   Radio Numérique Terrestre - DMB-Radio
DMB thumbnail   DMB TV
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DAB  Band III

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This little receiver created quite a stir when it went on sale in Switzerland as the Microspot RA318. It's small, light and has quite a sensitive tuner. The signal strength meter is particularly useful as you can manually tune the receiver to a particular frequency and the meter will register any signal even when it is not quite strong enough to decode the ensemble data. This radio is usually in Wohnort's travel bag. The receiver is currently on sale in Australia under the name "mbeat" for just AUD 49.
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DAB thumbnail   Pan-European Specification
To be capable of working anywhere in Europe, a "pan-European" radio needs to be able to receive DAB, DAB+ and DMB-A in Band III and L-band.



Band III thumbnail   Band III
Lband thumbnail   L-band

DMB-TH thumbnail   DMB-TH
IBOC thumbnail   IBOC
(aka HD Radio)
ISDB thumbnail   ISDB-T

 
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LSF
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Dual
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Packet
Data
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Stream
Data
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AAC
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Latest Updates and News   

April 16th
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the removal of TeamRock from D1 National in July. Digital One intends that a replacement service should launch in September.

April 16th
Norway has confirmed that the major radio stations will switch off FM progressively by region during 2017, beginning in January in the south of the country and ending in December in the north.

April 13th
South Hampshire snapshot updated. The service JACK fm has been relabelled Sam FM.

April 13th
A new service has popped up on N. Ireland. Downtown Country is broadcasting test transmissions prior to launching on Wednesday.

April 12th
South Korea snapshots updated.

April 12th
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Addition of Asian Sound.

April 9th
The BBC has brought new transmitters into service on Block 12B, broadcasting the ensemble BBC National DAB:
  • Peebles
  • Heyshaw (Pateley Bridge and surrounding areas of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire)
  • Tullich (Ballater, Aberdeenshire)
  • Rheola (Vale of Neath)
  • Gartly Moor (Huntly, Aberdeenshire)
  • Daffy Green (Dereham and surrounding areas of Norfolk)

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Update History   

April 8th
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised the removal of heat radio and KISSTORY from the local ensemble Norwich.

April 4th
In Belgium, a DAB+ test service is reported to have popped up on the Block 12A ensemble VRT DAB. VRT DAB+ Test is reported to be broadcasting at 32 kbit/s.

April 3rd
Three new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 12D. Daventry, Ilmington and Shilton DAB extend and improve coverage of the local ensemble Coventry. The BBC recently brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12B in Coventry city centre, improving reception of BBC National DAB.

April 3rd
A new service has popped up on Surrey-NSussex. Premier Gospel is understood to be broadcasting at 80 kbit/s, Mono.

April 3rd
On NE Wales W Chesh, the service Heart N Wales has ceased. Snapshot updated.

March 31st
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11D. Ingolstadt improves coverage of BR Bayern in the city and surrounding areas.

March 30th
Asian Sound is reported to have popped up on Bradfrd&Huddersf, running at 64 kbit/s.

March 28th
A new service has popped up on Peterborough. Connect FM is reported to be broadcasting at 64 kbit/s, Mono LSF.

March 28th
In Denmark, the regulator has again postponed the process of distributing licences for the regional "3rd-layer" multiplexes. Earlier this year, the process was paused briefly while a potential clash of frequencies with previously-awarded licences for hospital telemetry was investigated. The new delay comes at the request of the Minister of Culture to await the outcome of a political review of the roadmap for digital radio. At issue are licences for 13 transmission areas, with up to 16 services on each ensemble. Where the number of applicants exceeded 16, a beauty contest was to have been held. The postponement is the second setback for digital radio in Denmark in less than a week. In a separate development, a number of stations withdrew from the pilot local ensemble in Nordsjælland because of a huge increase in music royalties they were being forced to pay as a result of broadcasting on the ensemble.

March 27th
The UK regulator Ofcom has awarded the licence for the second national commercial multiplex to Sound Digital, a consortium of Bauer, Arqiva and UTV. The following services, some of which are currently transmitted on existing local or national ensembles, are expected to be broadcast on the new multiplex:
  • Virgin Radio - rock and pop music
  • talkRADIO - news and current affairs
  • talkSPORT 2 - live sport and sports talk
  • talkBUSINESS - business and finance programmes
  • Sunrise Radio - Asian music and speech programmes
  • UCB Inspirational - Christian music
  • Premier Christian Radio - Christian music and speech
  • Jazz FM - jazz music
  • British Muslim Radio - Asian music and speech, with elements of Islamic content
  • Absolute 80s - 80s music
  • Magic Mellow - relaxing and melodic music
  • Planet Rock - classic rock music
  • Heat Radio - pop music, celebrity gossip and entertainment
  • Kisstory - ‘old skool’ dance tunes and anthems
In its application, Sound Digital proposed to broadcast at least one service using DAB+. Sound Digital proposes to begin broadcasting within 12 months of the licence being awarded, using a network of 45 transmitters which it estimates will provide coverage for 73% - 75% of UK households and 63% - 65% of UK major UK roads.

March 27th
Herts Beds Bucks and Northamptonshire snapshots updated. Cessation of Engineering channel.

March 26th
The BBC has recently brought into service transmitters at North Walsham and Girvan, extending coverage of BBC National DAB in NE Norfolk and Ayrshire respectively.

March 26th
Twelve radio stations in central Italy have formed a consortium to operate a regional ensemble and has already appointed Telit Srl to undertake the design and management of the transmitters.
Umbria DAB membership:
  • Radio Onda Libera (Radio Onda Libera Srl)
  • Radio Valtiberina (Errevuti Srl)
  • Radio Tiferno1 (Radio Tiferno Uno Sas di Assunta Trducci & C.)
  • Radio Gubbio (Radio Gubbio SPA)
  • Radio Gente Umbra (Fondazione San Domenico da Foligno)
  • Umbria Radio (Radio Augusta Perusia Soc.Coop)
  • Radio Tna (Radio TNA Soc. Coop.r.l)
  • Radio Orte (Tele Radio Orte Associazione Culturale)
  • Dimensione Suono Roma (Finradio SRL)
  • Extreme Sound (Extreme Sound Project Srl)
  • Radio Italia5 (Gruppo Cinque Srl)
  • Radio Linea (Radio Linea di Adami Marco e Mariani Remo Snc)

March 26th
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved following a consultation requests to modify the licence areas of 39 local ensembles and the transmission frequency of 8. The changes are in accordance with the Local DAB Expansion Plan and are designed to improve DAB coverage to match that of FM and to align the licence areas more closely with their analogue equivalents. The frequency changes are expected to be implemented during 2015. Details of the changes are included in the consulatation document.

March 26th
On the local ensemble in Denmark, NivaaDAB, seven audio services have ceased:
  • Global FM
  • Interviewkanalen
  • Halsnaes/Stina
  • Humleborg/Jazzk.
  • RadioHLR
  • Radio Odsherred
  • US Radio
The service 10FM/Country/FLR has been relabelled Radio 10FM as it is no longer operating as a shared channel.
According to reports from Denmark, the stations that have withdrawn from the pilot have done so because of a huge increase this year in the music royalties that stations broadcasting in DAB+ must pay.

March 25th
On Somerset, the service Triple Hits is now broadcasting at the lower bitrate of 112 kbits/s.

March 22nd
In Norway, a new local ensemble for Trondheim has popped up on Block 11A, carrying six audio services in DAB+.

March 19th
In Switzerland, the population will vote on a new Radio and Television law in a referendum to be held on June 14th. One of the key provisions of the new law is the transition from analogue to digital radio broadcasting, whereby radio broadcasting will be primarily in DAB+ from 2020, with the last analogue FM transmitter being decommissioned in 2024.

March 17th
New services have popped up on the Swiss minimux DIG F03 - GENEVE. IP music and TRAXX.FM are broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s each. RADIO CITE and TROPIC have ceased.

March 17th
A new service has popped up on the Swiss minimux DIG F03 - GENEVE. IP music is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. RADIO CITE has ceased.

March 17th
A new service is reported to have popped up on the German local ensembles Augsburg and Ingolstadt. Radio Ilmwelle is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s.

March 17th
On the German local ensemble Nuernberg, the service Vil Radio has ceased.

March 16th
On Somerset, the service Triple Hits is now broadcasting in Joint Stereo at the higher bitrate of 128 kbits/s.

March 14th
In the Czech Republic, a temporary service, Radio RETRO, has popped up on TELEKO DAB, broadcasting programmes linked to the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Snapshot updated.

March 14th
In Belgium, a new regional ensemble is expected to begin broadcasting before the end of May. Serving the Brussels region (including parts of Vlaams Brabant, Oost Vlaanderen, Antwerpen, Waals Brabant and Henegouwen) from transmitters at Sint Pieters Leeuw and on the RAC building in Brussels, the ensemble will operate on Block 11A. At least seven radio stations are expected to be broadcast in DAB+ - Radio Club, Family Radio, Radio FG, Radio Maria, Radio City, Top Radio and Radio VBRO.

March 14th
Snapshot added of the new Block 9D regional ensemble in the south west Netherlands, DAB+ Zuidwest.

March 12th
Snapshot added of the Block 12A ensemble in Stuttgart, LfK-Test.

March 12th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster SWR has brought a new transmitter at Lahr into service on Block 8D. The offical coverage prediction mapping already shows the new transmitter site and the extent of the coverage of the ensemble SWR BW S along both sides of the Rhine valley, including the French cities of Strasbourg and Colmar.

March 12th
The UK regulator Ofcom has advertised a new local licence to cover Suffolk. The ensemble will operate on Block 10C. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Suffolk. The advertisement states that Ofcom will consider any proposals (along with the reasoning) from applicants for services to be delivered using DAB+. The closing date for applications is June 11th. Ofcom hopes to award the licence "as soon as practicable thereafter".

March 11th
Czech snapshots updated. On the ensemble CRa DAB+, all services have switched from Protection Level 4 to 3 since the previous snapshot.

March 11th
In Austria, the newspaper Der Standard reports that the DAB+ pilot transmissions in Vienna should begin on April 15th.

March 11th
In the Netherlands, the first tests for the forthcoming regional ensemble for Zeeland, DAB+ Zuidwest, have been reported on Block 9D.

March 11th
In Denmark, the process of advertising the regional layer of multiplexes has resumed. The regulator had put the process on hold after becoming aware that a number of licences had already been issued using the frequencies proposed for the new ensembles. The advertisment has been reissued with the deadlines adjusted to allow for the delay.

March 9th
On BBC National DAB, the temorary service BBC R2Country has now ceased.

March 7th
In Germany, an ensemble is reported to have popped up in Stuttgart on Block 12A. LfK-Test is reported to be broadcasting five audio services (four DAB+, one "original-flavour" DAB) at a variety of Protection Levels. ("LfK" signifies the media regulator for Baden-Württemberg.)

March 6th
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Monte Barro extends coverage of Club DAB Italia in Lecco. A new transmitter at Monte Mario was recently added to the network to serve Rome.

March 6th
The UK regulator Ofcom has authorised a new service, Downtown Country, to be added to N. Ireland. The published Variation Request Form shows April 13th as the implementation date.

March 6th
Surrey-NSussex snapshot updated.

March 6th
The French regulator, the CSA, has extended the authorisation for the experimental broadcasts in Lyon by France Multiplex and TDF until September 30th 2015.

March 6th
The French regulator, the CSA, has extended the authorisation for the site used in Paris by Radio Coop and Rmux until September 30th 2015.

March 6th
The French regulator, the CSA, has extended the authorisation for the pilot Block 9A ensemble GRAM in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire until June 30th 2015.

March 4th
In Denmark, the second-layer coverage for South Jutland on Block 8B is reported to be labelled DAB2 S and carry five regional variations of DR P4, each at 88 kbit/s in DAB+:-
  • DR P4 Esbjerg
  • DR P4 Mid-Vest
  • DR P4 Oestjylland
  • DR P4 Syd
  • DR P4 Trekanten
Details of the Block 13B ensemble are not yet known.
Wikipedia holds a map of the DR P4 regions.

March 4th
In the Netherlands, MTVNL has popped up on Block 5A. This frequency is licensed for Friesland. The signal is reported to be coming from Tjerkgaast. Similarly, MTVNL is also reported on air on Block 11B with signals emanating from Markelo.

March 3rd
In Denmark, the second-layer coverage on Blocks 8B, 11C and 13B, previously labelled DR DAB2, has been regionalised and now carried DAB+ services. On Block 11C, the ensemble is now DAB2 OE (9004) and broadcasts five regional variations of DR P4, each at 88 kbit/s in DAB+:-
  • DR P4 Bornholm
  • DR P4 Fyn
  • DR P4 Koebenhavn
  • DR P4 Sjaelland
  • DR P4 Syd
Details of the Blocks 8B and 13B ensembles are not yet known.

March 3rd
On the Danish national ensemble DR DAB1, the service DR Ramasj./Ultra has ceased. DR Nyheder has migrated here from DR DAB2. The ensemble is also broadcasting an EPG again.

March 3rd
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the addition of Connect FM to the local ensemble Peterborough.

March 3rd
In the Czech Republic, Radio Samson has popped up on RTI cz DAB in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.

March 3rd
BBC R2Country has popped up on BBC National DAB, running at 64 kbit/s in Mono. The service will broadcast between midday and midnight from March 5th to March 8th. Snapshot updated. Currently, BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting in Joint Stereo despite its 192 kbit/s bitrate.

March 2nd
In the Czech Republic, a new service has popped up on TELEKO DAB. Radio SAMSON is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

March 2nd
On the Netherlands Block 12C ensemble NPO, the service NPO Nieuws 24 has been relabelled NPO Radio 1Extra. A new service has popped up. NPO Test is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

March 2nd
Snapshots added of the newly-separated local ensembles Herts Beds Bucks and Northamptonshire. On the latter, local variants HEART Northants and SMOOTH Northants are now running.

February 27th
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 11D. Coburg extends coverage of BR Bayern in Oberfranken. Pfarrkirchen extends coverage in Niederbayern.

February 25th
On the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, the service Trash Can Radio has been relabelled Radio Nirvana, but still broadcasts programmes from Trash Can Radio between 7pm and 7am.

February 24th
The UK regulator has published its invitation to apply for trial minimux licences. Ten licences will be issued. Applicants may only apply for one licence. No fee is required in order to apply. Local authorities, political bodies, religious bodies, publicly-funded bodies, bodies exerting undue influence and broadcasting bodies (specifically the BBC and S4C) are prohibited from applying. Key components in the multiplexing and transmission hardware will be provided by Ofcom, as described in the Invitation. The closing date is April 7th 2015.

February 24th
In the Netherlands, the website Radio.nl reports that the regional ensemble for the southwest of the country will begin transmissions next month. The ensemble will operate on Block 9D.

February 23rd
Central Scotland snapshot updated.

February 23rd
Bradfrd&Huddersf, Humberside, Leeds, North Yorkshire, Sheffield, Teesside and Tyne & Wear snapshots updated.

February 22nd
On the Swiss regional ensembles SMC D03 N-CH and SMC D03 BE-FR, the placeholders LandLiebe (alt) have ceased.

February 21st
In Germany, the Block 12D ensemble Bayern is to migrate to Block 10D, beginning with Augsburg/Hotelturm on February 24th. The process is expected to be completed with the migration of Ochsenkopf in the Fichtelgebirge, scheduled for May 12th.

February 16th
In Germany, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 11C ensemble DR HESSEN. MEGA Radio SNA is reported to be broadcast in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

February 11th
The promised Engineering channel has popped up on HBB & Northants. According to the message loop, the two areas will split on February 20th.

February 9th
Panjab Radio has reappeared on Bradfrd&Huddersf.

February 9th
Snapshots updated of the local ensembles Aberdeen, Inverness and Tayside.

February 6th
UK broadcaster Global plans a new service to broadcast on DAB. Heart Extra is to launch later this year, subject to regulatory approval.

February 6th
A temporary service, Radio 2 Country, is to run as a pop-up from 12:00 to midnight on BBC National DAB for four days in March. The BBC plans further pop-ups later in the year, subject to regulatory approval.

February 6th
Service Linking is now live across seven local ensembles in southern England, involving 11 services including Capital, Heart and XFM.

February 6th
The UK regulator Ofcom is to advertise minimux trials in 10 areas - more than originally announced.

February 5th
In the Czech Republic, the public-service broadcaster Český rozhlas intends to broadcast its own ensemble from this year. Currently, its services are carried on ensembles operated by private-sector multiplex operators. The first pilot transmissions on Block 12C are expected to begin in Prague. Český rozhlas aims to extend the ensemble to Brno, Ostrava and Plzeň by 2017.

February 5th
On Surrey-NSussex, the service Redstone FM has ceased. Snapshot updated. This latest change sets a new record for Wohnort snapshot obsolescence, taking place less than one hour after the previous snapshot. According to MuxCo, the service is "taking a short break from the Surrey multiplex as it prepares for its re-launch."

February 5th
A new service has popped up on North Yorkshire. YORKSHIRE COAST is reported to be broadcasting test transmissions at 128 kbit/s.

February 5th
N. Ireland snapshot updated. Addition of Absolute C Rock and KISSTORY.

February 5th
Swindon and West Wiltshire snapshots updated. Cessation of KISS.

February 5th
Somerset snapshot updated.

February 5th
Swansea SW Wales snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY.

February 5th
Wolv'ton & Shrop snapshot updated. Increase of bitrate of Capital to 128 kbit/s.

February 3rd
The UK regulator Ofcom has published the applications for the forthcoming second national commercial ensemble.

February 3rd
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the local ensembles Augsburg and Ingolstadt. Radio Ilmwelle is reported to be broadcasting test transmissions at 96 kbit/s in DAB+, with official service due to begin in the middle of February.

February 3rd
In Germany, COOLRADIO 1 and PN EINS have popped up on the local ensemble Augsburg in DAB+. The services were already broadcast on the ensemble Ingolstadt.

January 31st
MuxCo has announced that Yorkshire Coast Radio will be added to the North Yorkshire local ensemble in February.

January 29th
The receiver manufacturer Pure has published a support page (in German) on its website for consumers who wish to establish whether their Pure receiver will receive DAB+ or not. The move coincides with the ending of "original-flavour" DAB broadcasts in Bavaria in favour of the newer DAB+ standard.

January 29th
The UK regulator Ofcom has received two applications to operate the second national commercial ensemble:-
Listen2Digital: A joint application from Babcock’s Media Services business and Orion Media, a commercial radio group. Listen2Digital proposes to broadcast 18 national DAB services.
Sound Digital: A consortium of Arqiva, a transmission company, and commercial radio broadcasters Bauer and UTV Media GB. Sound Digital proposes to broadcast 15 national DAB services.
Ofcom hopes to award the licence "by summer 2015" and the new ensemble is expected to begin broadcasting in 2016.

January 28th
On the new MDR ensemble in Sachsen-Anhalt, the regional service from the MDR Studio in Stendal is now being broadcast alongside the existing variations. MDR S-ANHALT SDL is broadcasting at 80 kbit/s in DAB+.

January 28th
In Germany, the services of the public-service broadcaster MDR in Sachsen-Anhalt have migrated from a mixed public-service/private ensemble on Blocks 11C/12C to an MDR-operated ensemble on Block 6B. Eight transmitter sites from the original network (Freiberg, Oschatz, Wittenberg, Brocken, Kulpenberg, Jena, Sieglitzberg, Suhl) are transmitting the new ensemble at a higher power than previously. Two sites (Saalfeld/Remda and Weißenfells/Pettstädt) have been rebuilt. Five sites (Naumburg, Zeitz, Chemnitz-Totenstein, Zwickau, Ilmenau-Kickelhahn) have been taken out of service. The new transmitter network configuration means, however, that MDR is able to achieve better coverage at a higher power but using fewer sites. According to the announcement from MDR, the private-sector services continue as before on Blocks 11C and 12C.

January 28th
In Germany, the last remaining services to use "original-flavour" DAB on the Bavarian ensembles Bayern and BR Bayern have switched to using DAB+. The service Bayern 1 Franken, Bayern 1 Main and B5 plus have migrated from the Block 11D ensemble to Block 12D. The service Bayern 2 Nord has popped up on Block 12D. PULS has migrated from Block 12D to Block 11D. Also on Block 11D, the service Bayern 2 has been relabelled Bayern 2 Sued. A new service has popped up. BR Heimat is broadcasting at 128 kbit/s in DAB+.

January 28th
In Belgium, the transmission provider Norkring België has announced that DAB+ transmissions should begin this spring in Brussels, as the first step towards extending coverage throughout Flanders. Services are expected to be provided by Top Radio, VBRO Radio, Radio Maria, Radio FG, Radiostad and Family Radio and will supplement the existing offering in "original-flavour" DAB (currently) from the public-service broadcaster VRT.

January 28th
The UK regulator has launched a consultation on a large number of frequency changes and alterations to the licensed areas of local ensembles. The changes proposed form part of the Local DAB Expansion plan, which has been agreed between government, multiplex operators and the BBC and which is designed to improve the coverage of local multiplex services around the UK. Frequency changes have been requested that would affect eight local ensembles, as outlined in the Plan. Multiplex operators have also requested that Ofcom uses its powers to change the defined licence areas of thirty nine, in accordance with the Plan. The consultation document details the proposed changes and includes maps of the existing and proposed new licence areas. A footnote to the document reveals that Ofcom proposes to advertise a new local ensemble for Suffolk "shortly". Cumbria is mentioned only as an area without any local DAB service. There are no proposals to provide local DAB in Cumbria either in the Framework Agreement or in the consultation. Ofcom proposes to grant the requested changes but has invited "interested stakeholders" to contribute to the consultation by 3pm on February 25th 2015.

January 27th
London 1 snapshot updated.

January 26th
Coventry snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the bitrate of Capital has increased to 128 kbit/s. Heart has been relabelled Heart West Mids.

January 26th
Birmingham snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and Absolute Rad 90s. Cessation of The Hits and Kerrang!.

January 26th
Snapshots of the Spanish ensembles FU-E, MF1 and MF2 updated.

January 26th
In Denmark, the regulator has suspended the process of advertising a layer of regional multiplexes after becoming aware that a number of licences had already been issued using the frequencies proposed for the new ensembles. In particular, licences had been issued to hospitals for telemetry leading to the possibility of interference when the new DAB services started. The regulator has begun an investigation, which it expects to complete within one to two weeks.

January 24th
Glasgow snapshot updated. Addition of Clyde 3. Cessation of The Hits.

January 24th
Edinburgh snapshot updated. Addition of Forth 3. Cessation of The Hits.

January 22nd
In France, the regulator has published its report on the future evolution of digital radio. It identifies priority areas for licensing such as Nantes and Lyon, where trials have already been conducted successfully, border areas such as Lille and Strasbourg where FM frequencies are scarce and areas with limited analogue offerings.

January 22nd
On the local ensembles Swindon and West Wiltshire, the service KISS is expected to cease overnight on January 30th/31st. In the meantime, the service has been relabelled Kiss - retune.

January 22nd
The website Digitalradio Österreich has published a map showing the predicted coverage of the test transmissions in Vienna, expected to begin in April.

January 21st
Malta snapshots updated and previous snapshots corrected. In as much as an Ensemble is its EId, then the ensemble that was on Block 6C Digi B 2 when the last snapshots were taken has migrated to Block 12A and a new ensemble Digi B 3 is transmitting on Block 6C. The regulator in Malta renewed Digi B Network's licences last year, with the exception of the L-band frequency. The new expiry date is 22nd March 2022.

January 21st
The Malaysian regulator, the MCMC, has invited tenders to provide consultancy services on digital sound broadcasting and development for the future. The tender document requires payment of a fee of RM 300, and the closing date is February 2nd 2015.

January 20th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster NDR, covering Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Niedersachsen, has shut down its medium-wave transmitters. Flensburg (702kHz), Hamburg-Moorfleet (972 kHz), Hannover (828 kHz) and Lingen (792 kHz) ceased transmissions on January 13th. Elsewhere in Germany, SWR, MDR, HR, RBB and Radio Bremen have already ended their medium-wave broadcasts.

January 20th
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the separation of the areas covered by the ensemble HBB & Northants. The current ensemble will continue as Herts Beds Bucks and will be transmitted on Block 10D only. A new ensemble, expected to be labelled Northamptonshire, will be transmitted on Block 10C. On each ensemble, the BBC service for the other area will be removed. On Northamptonshire, Heart Northants and Smooth Northants will replace the current 4 Counties versions, whose SIds will continue to be broadcast for an interim period with "Please Retune" labels. A temporary audio service Engineer is expected to be broadcast on both ensembles and carry a looped announcement describing the changes.

January 19th
A new service has popped up on Sheffield. Hallam 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased.

January 19th
A new service has popped up on Leeds. Aire 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased.

January 19th
A new service has popped up on Tayside. Tay 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono.

January 19th
A new service has popped up on Teesside. TFM 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased.

January 19th
A new service has popped up on Tyne & Wear. Metro Radio 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased. METRO has been relabelled Metro Radio.

January 19th
A new service has popped up on Lancashire. Rock FM 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased. Snapshot updated.

January 19th
A new service has popped up on Liverpool. Radio City 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased. Snapshot updated.

January 19th
A new service has popped up on Manchester. Key 3 is running at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The Hits has ceased. KEY103Manchester has been relabelled Key 103. Snapshot updated.

January 18th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster MDR has announced that its transmitters will switch to Block 6B on January 28th. Halle/Petersberg, Kapaunberg and Schneidlingen currently operate on Block 11C. Brocken, Kulpenberg (S-A) and Wittenberg will switch from Block 12C. As in Sachsen and Thueringen, the resulting network is likely to have a new EId and Ensemble Label.

January 17th
Snapshots of the German ensemble NDR HH and NDR MV updated.

January 17th
Snapshot of the German ensemble S-ANHALT updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the data service MDR BWS has ceased.

January 17th
Snapshot of the German ensemble MDR THUERINGEN updated. Technically, it could be considered to be a new ensemble, since it has a new EId and a new label, compared with the transmissions on Block 7B. Since the move to Block 8B, the data service MDR BWS has ceased.

January 17th
Snapshot of the German ensemble MDR SACHSEN updated. Technically, it could be considered to be a new ensemble, since it has a new EId and a new label, compared with the transmissions on Blocks 6C/8D/9C. Since the move to Block 9A, the data service MDR BWS has ceased and the audio service MDRSACHSEN EXTRA is running at the higher bitrate of 88 kbit/s.

January 15th
Czech snapshots updated.

January 13th
On the French ensemble RNT Paris 5, the service Radio ALFA is reported to have switched from DMB-Radio to DAB+.

January 13th
In Switzerland, on-air dates for the next minimuxes have slipped again, with June 2015 being quoted for Aarau, Bern, Lugano and Oberwallis.

January 12th
In Poland, the public-service broadcaster is planning new services to launch on DAB+ during 2015. Polskie Radio Dla Seniorów aimed at senior citizens and Polskie Radio Edukacyjne, a popular science radio for young people. Radio Mercury will broadcast documentaries, sports, journalism, music, entertainment and culture. The regional services Radio Gdańsk, Radio Kielce and Radio Kraków are expected to appear on DAB+ during the year.

January 12th
Snapshots of the German ensembles Berlin/BRBG 7B and DR Berlin rbb 7D updated.

January 12th
Snapshot of the Swiss ensemble SMC D02 corrected.

January 12th
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR updated. Addition of an MOT service TEST_SOHARD_SMC running as packet data at 8 kbit/s. Addition of a DAB+ audio service TEST32 running at 64 kbit/s.

January 12th
Snapshot added of the North Baden-Württemberg ensemble SWR BW N. Snapshots updated of the ensembles SWR BW S and DRS BW.

January 12th
Snapshot of the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH updated. Addition of a TPEG service TEST_V-Traffic running as packet data at 16 kbit/s.

January 9th
Sussex Coast snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and heat radio.

January 9th
On the Czech ensemble RTI cz DAB, the service SeeJay Radio has ceased.

January 9th
The UK government has published a Framework Agreement between the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the BBC, Commercial local DAB multiplex operators, Arqiva and Ofcom on the expansion of the local DAB network 2015-16. The programme of work to build out the local DAB network is scheduled to begin in March 2015 and, when completed, will extend local DAB coverage from around 72% of homes at present to circa 90% of UK households by late 2016.
Among the measures outlines in the Agreement, a new local ensemble for Suffolk on Block 10C is planned and the following frequency changes are expected elsewhere:-
  • Humberside from Block 11B to 10D
  • Liverpool from Block 11B to 10C
  • Manchester from Block 11C to 12C
  • Norwich from Block 11B to 10B
  • Plymouth from Block 12A to 12D
  • Sussex Coast expanded to cover the whole county and migrating from Block 11B to 10B
  • West Wiltshire from Block 12D to 10D

January 7th
On London 1 the service MAGIC has been relabelled Magic London.

January 7th
HBB & Northants snapshot updated.

January 7th
On D1 National, the service Magic has been relabelled Magic UK. Snapshot updated.

January 7th
Edinburgh and Glasgow snapshots updated. Addition of KISSTORY and Absolute C Rock.

January 6th
London snapshots updated.

January 6th
Essex snapshot updated.

January 6th
Cambridge snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and heat radio.

January 6th
Norwich snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and heat radio.

January 6th
Peterborough snapshot updated.

January 6th
Leicestershire snapshot updated. Addition of Smooth Radio at 80 kbit/s.

January 6th
Nottinghamshire snapshot updated. Addition of KISSTORY and heat radio. The service Smooth Radio has dropped to Mono at 80 kbit/s.

January 6th
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Cessation of Pulse Xmas.

January 5th
KISSTORY has popped up on Sheffield. The service Sth York's Magic has been relabelled Hallam 2. The services Absolute C Rock and Absolute Rad 60s have ceased. Snapshot updated.

January 5th
KISSTORY has popped up on Leeds. The service Magic 828WYorks has been relabelled Aire 2. The service Absolute Rad 60s has ceased. Snapshot updated.

January 5th
KISSTORY has popped up on Humberside. The service Magic has been relabelled Viking 2. The service Absolute Rad 60s has ceased. Snapshot updated.

January 5th
KISSTORY has popped up on Liverpool. Magic Liverpool has been relabelled Radio City 2. Absolute Rad 60s and Absolute C Rock have ceased. Snapshot updated.

January 5th
On Tyne & Wear, the service METRO, which was briefly Metro Radio 2 earlier today, is back to METRO. The service MAGIC has been relabelled Metro Radio 2.

January 5th
On the Danish national ensemble DR DAB1, DR Ramasj./Ultra is broadcasting a looped announcement announcing the closure of the service.

January 5th
On London 2, LBC News 1152 has been relabelled LBC London News.

January 5th
On London 3, Absolute Rad 60s has ceased.

January 5th
KISSTORY has popped up on Teesside. Magic Teesside has been relabelled TFM 2. Absolute 60s has ceased.

January 5th
KISSTORY has popped up on Tyne & Wear. METRO has been relabelled Metro Radio 2. Absolute 60s has ceased. The service MAGIC remains.

January 5th
On Tyne & Wear, METRO has been relabelled Metro Radio 2. The service MAGIC remains.

January 5th
Absolute C Rock and KISSTORY are reported to have popped up on Inverness.

January 5th
KISSTORY is reported to have popped up on Birmingham. The Hits is reported to have ceased.

January 5th
On Edinburgh, FORTH 2 is reported to have been relabelled Forth 2.

January 5th
Absolute Radio has popped up on London 1, broadcasting at 112 kbit/s in Joint Stereo. KISS and MAGIC are broadcasting at the lower bitrate of 112 kbit/s each. The Hits has ceased.

January 5th
A new service has popped up on D1 National. Magic is broadcasting at 80 kbit/s in Mono. Absolute Radio has dropped from 112 kbit/s Joint Stereo to 80 kbit/s Mono. Absolute R 80s is running at the higher bitrate of 80 kbit/s. Absolute Rad 90s has ceased. These latest changes mean that only two of the fourteen audio services on the UK's national commercial multiplex broadcast in Stereo. Snapshot updated.

January 5th
On Manchester, the service MAGIC Manchester has been relabelled Key 2. Snapshot updated.

January 5th
KISSTORY has popped up on Lancashire. The service Magic has been relabelled Rock FM 2. The service Absolute Rad 60s has ceased. Snapshot updated.

January 4th
Absolute C Rock and KISSTORY are reported to have popped up at 64 kbit/s each on N. Ireland.

January 4th
heat radio is reported to have popped up at 80 kbit/s on Cambridge, Kent, Norwich, Nottinghamshire and Sussex Coast.

January 4th
KISSTORY is reported to have popped up at 64 kbit/s on Cambridge, Kent, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, Stoke & Stafford, Sussex Coast and Swansea SW Wales.

January 2nd
NE Wales W Chesh and Stoke & Stafford snapshots updated.

January 2nd
In Poland, new ensembles have popped up in four cities:-
  • Gdańsk/Chwaszczyno - Block 10D
  • Kielce/Targowa - Block 11C
  • Kraków/Chorągwica - Block 12D
  • Poznań/Śrem & Poznań/Piątkowo - Block 12A SFN
The ensembles broadcast the national services of Polish Radio - Jedynka, Dwójka, Trójka and Czwórka – and Polskie Radio 24, Radio Rytm, the External Service and the regional service PR.

January 2nd
DAB+ transmissions have appeared in Spain. On the national ensemble MF2, a parallel service of Radio Maria has appeared in DAB+ alongside an existing version in "original-flavour" DAB. The DAB+ version is reported to be broadcasting at 64 kbit/s.

January 1st
On the German Block 11D ensemble Radio fuer NRW, the service RADIO IMPALA has ceased.

January 1st
On the German Block 11C ensemble DR HESSEN, the service Radio Impala is reported to have ceased.

January 1st
On the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh, the DAB+ test transmissions have ended. The service Fun Kids+ has ceased.

January 1st
On the local ensembles Bradfrd&Huddersf, Stoke & Stafford and Swansea SW Wales respectively, the services Pulse Xmas, Signal Xmas and Wave Xmas have ceased.

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