Ireland

Last update: 13.01.2020 - older versions

National Public Broadcaster RTÉ operates a full-service Multiplex across a five transmitter network covering 52% of the population in the main cities. Legislation has been in place since 2009 to enable commercial broadcasters to engage with DAB but the broadcasting regulator has not addressed the issue of establishing a regulatory framework to date. It is expected that Ireland will adopt the DAB+ standard.

In January 2020, dB Digital called for broadcasters looking to expand their brands through DAB+ to register their interest for a place on Ireland’s first commercial DAB+ multiplex. Interested parties should submit their applications no later than Friday 14th February 2020.

Last update: 24.10.2018 - older versions

 RTÉ’s ‘national’ multiplex reaches all the major population centres, 52% of the population.

The projected population coverage of the Trial multiplex in Cork is 250,000. 

Last update: 16.08.2018 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

National Multiplex

RTE: Block 12C: 227.360MHz Allotment IRL DAB NATIONAL 1

Simulcast stations: RTE Radio One, RTE 2FM, RTE Lyric, RTE RnaG
Exclusive stations: RTE Radio One Extra, RTE Junior, RTE Pulse, RTE Gold, RTE 2XM

 

Regional Multiplex

RTE: Block 12C: 227.360MHz Allotment IRL DAB NATIONAL 1

Simulcast stations: Radio Maria and UCB Ireland
Exclusive stations: Radio Maria and UCB Ireland

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB programmes 5 5 10

Last update: 18.08.2015 - older versions

Peugeot are now shipping most of their standard models with digital radio receivers included. In 2015 RTÉ has engaged with SIMI (Society of Irish Motor importers). Their position is that in order to further facilitate the normalisation of digital radio automotive inclusion, a joining of our coverage areas along our main motorway routes and Munster and Leinster commuter corridors, is necessary. Due to close proximity to the UK market, DAB+ head units are readily available for purchase.

Last update: 29.09.2014 - older versions

With close proximity to the UK market DAB receivers are readily available in most electrical retailers.

Last update: 06.07.2017 - older versions

Two trials operated under annual trial licence from the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). They were operated by dB Digital Broadcasting (on frequency 12A) and Total Broadcast (on frequency 9B).

dB Digital Broadcasting’s trial offered six stations in both DAB and DAB+ and broadcasted to Ireland’s two main cities, Dublin and Cork. Each service displayed dynamically updated DLS on DAB and full dynamically updated Slideshow service on DAB+. The trial also carried the UK based station Amazing Radio, making it the first UK radio service to broadcast terrestrially in Ireland. Total Broadcast’s trial offered a mix of DAB and DAB+ simulcasts from Irish based FM stations as well as stations exclusive to DAB/DAB+. They operated a SFN across the South-East covering the city of Waterford.

Last update: 06.07.2017 - older versions

The Broadcasting Act 2009 makes provision for the licensing of sound broadcasting multiplexes to RTÉ and the commercial sector.

Under RCC-06 Ireland has been allotted two frequencies for national DAB multiplexes, 12A and 12C, with other allocations for regional/local multiplexes. The RTE Multiplex is operating on Block 12C (227.360 MHz).

The Broadcasting Act also makes provision for existing commercial broadcasters in multiplex broadcasting areas to migrate to DAB, which includes an extension to their licence of up to six years. However, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has not yet addressed the issue of establishing a regulatory framework.

Digital radio updates From Slovenia, Ireland, UK and France
29.05.2018 - Arqiva WorldDAB Member - Slovenia Slovenia - Ireland Ireland - United Kingdom United Kingdom - France France
The National Broadcasting Council of Slovenia (SRDF) has decided to switch to DAB+ in Ljubljana, with most FM broadcasting to cease from February 2022. In Cork, Ireland, a new small-scale digital radio multiplex is about to begin a 12-month trial period with a capacity to receive 20 programmes. In the UK, Sound Digital's commercial DAB multiplex coverage area will reach an additional four million people following a new agreement with Arqiva. In Lille, DAB+ broadcasts will begin on 19 June.

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Cork to get new DAB+ digital radio multiplex
25.05.2018 - Ireland Ireland
A new small-scale digital radio multiplex is set to launch in Cork in August for a 12-month trial. Under a licence from ComReg, the experiment will be operated by éirdab and have the facility to provide around 20 radio stations.

(Radio Today Ireland) Read more


Suzuki Swift Sport
16.05.2018 - Ireland Ireland
Standard spec includes adaptive cruise control, auto air con, six airbags, DAB radio, smartphone link display audio, rear view camera.

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Renault launches new electric Kangoo
21.03.2018 - Ireland Ireland
There will be a few of versions of the electric Kangoo available - the standard panel van, the longer-wheel-base Maxi, a crew van and a crew van cab version. They're reasonably well specced too with DAB radio.

(CompleteCar Ireland) Read more


Ford creates five more ST-Line models
21.03.2018 - Ireland Ireland
Specs for the 1-litre EcoBoost EcoSport ST-Line includes 17ins alloys, SYNC 3 Navigation, 8ins touchscreen, DAB radio, emergency assistance, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 2 USB sockets, 6 speakers.

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Ford Ireland complete the ST-Line model range
15.03.2018 - Ireland Ireland
Ford EcoSport ST-Line key features - 17”alloy wheels dark tarnish; Ford SYNC 3 navigation with 8” touchscreen and DAB radio.

(Kilkenny People) Read more


Radio needs a retune in Ireland
14.03.2018 - Ireland Ireland
DAB provides hundreds of transmissions as a route to a wider choice, ease of use and is resistant to the interference that sanitises the product. FM has a termination date. Today’s young adults do not have the same relationship with FM as previous generations.

(Marketing Ireland) Read more


New Land Rover Discovery Commercial goes on sale
25.01.2018 - Jaguar Land Rover Limited WorldDAB Member - Ireland Ireland
InControl Protect, cruise control and speed limiter, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, heated door mirrors, DAB radio and LR enhanced sound system (250w ), roll stability control, cornering brake control, gradient acceleration control, hill descent control, and trailer stability assist, all come as standard....

(Galway Advertiser) Read more


Radio static: Digital delay hurting Irish stations
19.12.2017 - Ireland Ireland
Despite RTÉ’s efforts, DAB will continue to be on the periphery of Irish life until commercial stations start using it. (subscription only)

(The Sunday Business Post) Read more


New enhanced Ford EcoSport SUV on the way
14.12.2017 - Ireland Ireland
Ford claims that the new EcoSport compact sports utility vehicle (SUV ) will deliver enhanced versatility and capability, more refined styling and sophisticated technologies for customers in Europe. The features include DAB radio.

(Galway Advertiser) Read more


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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 4.9 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 52%
Services: 10 DAB
Total Sales (cumulative): 400,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 17%
Last update: 18.02.2020

Useful Links

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
www.dbdb.ie/
www.totalbroadcast.net/
RTÉ Digital Radio