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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.

Roger Sanchez DJing on RTÉ Digital Radio
28.02.2013 - Ireland Ireland
Legendary New York DJ Roger Sanchez will broadcast weekly on RTÉ's Digital Radio Station, Pulse. 1 of 2. Roger Sanchez - Picture courtesy of Tim Keller. 2 of 2. Pulse FM's Station Manager Adam Fogarty. The 45-year-old Grammy award winning House ...

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Digital One applys for Northern Ireland TX
15.02.2013 - Ireland Ireland
According to Digital One, these transmitters would provide indoor coverage to 74% of households, and 70% of the road network, in Northern Ireland.

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RTÉ celebrates World Radio Day
14.02.2013 - Ireland Ireland
Today is UNESCO's World Radio Day and to celebrate RTÉ Radio is broadcasting specially recorded inserts across Radio 1, 2fm, RnaG and on RTÉ Digital Radio. 1 of 1.

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Ireland likely to adopt DAB+
29.11.2012 - Ireland Ireland
Irish digital radio pioneer Dusty Rhodes predicts that his country will adopt DAB after conducting recent tests and learning lessons from Australia.

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Harris Helps out Dublin DAB Trials
16.11.2012 - Ireland Ireland
DB Digital Broadcasting is using Harris high- and low-power Platinum VAX VHF air-cooled transmitters and PowerSmart technologies in its DAB digital radio trials.

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Harris aids DB Digital Broadcasting in first DAB Digital Radio trials
14.11.2012 - GatesAir WorldDAB Member - Ireland Ireland
DB Digital Broadcasting, Ireland's national independent multiplex and network transmission provider, is using Harris transmitters in its Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) digital radio trials, currently taking place in and around Dublin. Launched earlier this ...

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Ireland's DAB Trial Advances
27.10.2012 - Ireland Ireland
dB observes that the test run proves that much will have to be done to pave the way for Ireland’s eventual transition to DAB+, as the country is currently far from the WorldDMB/EBU Profile 1 standard, as established in 2009 to evaluate the European market for broadcasters, manufacturers as well as consumers; currently, not all standard digital radios receive either DAB or DAB+, as would be required by the standard.

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DB Digital Blog: DAB Transmission Report in Ireland
22.10.2012 - Ireland Ireland
I saw a very interesting blog entry from Dusty of DB Digital, a DAB MUX provider in Ireland. 'Our first three months on-air have shown some very interesting insights into digital broadcasting'.

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All in Media supports Ireland DAB+ trial
12.07.2012 - All In Media - Ireland Ireland
The trial is broadcasting three new radio stations; All 80s, Raidió Rí-Rá and UCB with another three scheduled to come on-air early October. ...

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New DAB radio trial
10.07.2012 - Ireland Ireland
NEW DAB digital radio is being trialled in Dublin this week by dB Digital Broadcasting.

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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
RTÉ Digital Radio