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.

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28.11.2017 - Ireland Ireland
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Will Leahy planning to brew up digital storm on RTE Gold
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RTÉ 'exploring' ways to improve limited digital radio coverage
04.09.2017 - Ireland Ireland
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Call for European Union to intervene over 'unacceptable' cross-border digital radio coverage
04.09.2017 - Ireland Ireland
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RTÉ plans to broadcast via DAB+ in the UK
26.03.2017 - Ireland Ireland - United Kingdom United Kingdom
The Irish radio network RTÉ is planning to broadcast a version of RTÉ Radio 1 in the UK via the DAB networks. The domestic Radio 1 program will be enriched with information and broadcasts specifically for the Irish community in the UK.

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New digital service promised for RTE listeners in Britain
10.03.2017 - Ireland Ireland
Plans are underway to replace RTÉ’s Longwave 252 service with a digital service upon its closure in June 2019. A statement released by the consultative group tasked with addressing the issue confirmed that the new service modelled from RTÉ Radio 1 would be launched on DAB+ Digital Radio.

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RTÉ Longwave 252 to stay until closure by June 2019 – with digital replacement planned
10.03.2017 - Ireland Ireland
RTÉ’s Longwave 252 service will officially continue until closure its by June 2019 with the launch of a replacement service on DAB+ digital radio in the works.

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RTÉ to introduce new digital service to target listeners in UK
10.03.2017 - Ireland Ireland
RTÉ is to introduce a new service on digital radio that will include targeted programming commissioned for audiences in Britain. The service on DAB+ digital radio is modelled from RTÉ Radio 1. The station said it would work with stakeholders to maintain contact with the Irish community in Britain.

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Tech Tools: View Quest Retro DAB+ Radio
19.02.2015 - Ireland Ireland
The View Quest Retro DAB combines digital with traditional, moving effortlessly from digital radio to FM to digital music. The radio is compatible with DAB+, which is the newer standard said to offer better sound quality than the existing DAB technology. That future-proofs your purchase a bit

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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
RTÉ Digital Radio