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UK-based small-scale DAB solution specialists Viamux are running a two-year small scale DAB+ trial in Dublin carrying Ireland's 45 national and commercial radio stations. For more information visit the

Until March 2021, national public broadcaster RTÉ operated a full-service Multiplex across a five transmitter network covering 52% of the population in the main cities.

On 31 March 2021, RTÉ switched off its DAB transmissions for three main factors – the fact that DAB was the least utilised platform in Ireland; that RTÉ is the only Irish broadcaster on the DAB system, and cost avoidance.

Last update: 01.04.2021 - older versions

 Before being switched off, RTÉ’s ‘national’ multiplex reached all the major population centres and a total 52% of the population.


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The EECC requires new passenger cars sold across the EU to include digital terrestrial capabilities as standard.

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

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UK-based small-scale DAB solution specialists Viamux are running a two-year small scale DAB+ trial in Dublin carrying Ireland's 45 national and commercial radio stations. For more information visit the

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.

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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Ireland's RTE Pushes Radio 1 Listeners to DAB and FM
27.09.2014 - Ireland Ireland
DUBLIN—Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTE will terminate the long-wave transmissions of Radio 1, heard on 252 KHz, at the end of October. The 2% of Radio 1 listeners that use the long-wave service are being encouraged to tune in to the service on DAB or FM.

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RTÉ to end longwave broadcasts on 252 kHz as it pushes listeners to FM and digital radio
24.09.2014 - Ireland Ireland
RTÉ Radio 1 is to stop transmitting its 252 longwave service from the end of next month as it pushes listeners to FM and digital radio instead. Tom McGuire, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 said: “This development is an opportunity for the listener to tune in to the varied output of RTÉ Radio 1 in a new way. The availability of the radio service through new digital platforms provides a much improved sound quality and broader access for all programmes. Just as the audience migrated from medium wave to FM in the past, the end of longwave is compensated for by the availability of RTÉ Radio 1 on various digital platforms through the television in your home, the phone in your pocket, the tablet on your lap or the digital radio in your region.”

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WorldDMB at Radiodays 2014: Win a Pure Evoke D2
13.03.2014 - WorldDAB News - Ireland Ireland
WorldDMB invites delegates at Radiodays 2014 to enter our quiz to win a fantastic Pure Evoke D2. Visit stand 28 to pick up the quiz sheet and drop your business card off for a chance to win.

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Radio Nova Launches 12 Digital Radio Channels - Hotpress
30.04.2013 - Ireland Ireland
Dublin's Radio Nova have announced the official launch of a new range of music-based digital radio channels, aimed at offering further choice to its growing audience.

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RTÉjr launch new digital channel today
14.04.2013 - Ireland Ireland
Created specifically for children aged 0-7 years, RTÉjr will allow children to watch, listen and play with brand new channels on television (on Sky, UPC and SAORVIEW) and digital radio from around 7am-7pm daily, as well as online and mobile services.

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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 4.9 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 52%
Total Sales (cumulative): 400,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 17%
Last update: 01.04.2021

Useful Links

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
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