Malta

Last update: 30-09-2014 - older versions

Malta was the first European country to roll out a DAB+ network and services have been on-air since 2008. There are over 40 services on the two national multiplexes which include digital only stations, MOT, EPG and DLS applications. The multiplexes are operated by Digi B Network and cover 100% of the population. By the end of 2012, over 25% of Maltese radio listeners were tuning in via DAB+.

A second national multiplex (6A – Digi B2) was launched in 2011. Malta boasts a vibrant and growing DAB+ community of services.

Last update: 27-05-2014 - older versions

Malta’s coverage is 100% via blocks 6A/6C and 12A since 2013.

Last update: 30-09-2014 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

There are two regular national multiplexes on air.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 53 0 53

Last update: 30-09-2014 - older versions

Awareness and interest in DAB+ is growing substantially. A range of DAB+ radios from manufacturers such as Pure, Revo, Roberts Radio and Digi B Network are available in Malta. The DigiB Network launched the first DAB+ in-car receiver which is currently available in retail stores or online

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DigiB is committed to bringing increased listening choice to its digital audience and plans to continue to run test broadcasts of new services.

Last update: 30-09-2014 - older versions

The regulator, the Malta Broadcasting Authority, has embraced digital radio and multi-media broadcasting. DigiB Network, which operates the national multiplex, hopes to increase available services to around 60 channels, with the introduction of the third Multiplex in 2014. In 2012 DigiB Network started promoting the idea of High Definition Audio on DAB+ in co-operation with Vibe FM and Magic radio, both available nationally on FM. They are now being trialled on the DAB+ platform at 160Kbit and 128Kbit, allowing listeners to compare the difference between DAB+ and FM. There is plenty of choice among local stations with genres such as opera, pop, classical, news, religion, sport and jazz.

In early 2006, the Malta Communications Authority awarded the country’s four terrestrial DAB frequencies. The licence runs for eight years, subject to review after six. The Broadcasting Authority in 2008 approved the rebroadcasting of 36 foreign digital radio stations, the simulcasting of 12 nationwide analogue radio stations and of one community radio station.

PURE supports DAB+ Roll Out in Malta
01.12.2008 - Malta - Malta
London, 27th November 2008: PURE Digital – a division of Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG) and the world leading manufacturer of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) digital radios – today announces that it will be supporting the DAB+ roll out in Malta with a strong portfolio of DAB+ radios.

Addition of new digital radio stations on DAB+ Platform system
10.11.2008 - Malta - Malta
The Broadcasting Authority yesterday approved the addition of new digital radio stations on the Novel Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) Platform for ...
From Malta Independent Online, Malta:

BBC World Service on DAB+ in Malta
06.10.2008 - Malta - Malta
Malta is one of the first countries in Europe to adopt the new DAB standard, the most recent addition to the DAB family already in use across Europe. ...
From Malta Independent Online, Malta:

DAB to be launched in Malta
12.09.2008 - Malta - Malta
Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) is being made available in Malta through DigiBNetwork. DAB trials started last month to ensure exceptional sound quality in ...
From Malta Independent Online, Malta:

Factum Electronics Supplies System for the DAB+ roll out in Malta
WorldDAB Members News - 17.04.2008 - Factum Electronics AB - Malta - Malta
Factum Electronics AB, the world leader in DAB+ technology, today announced that it will supply the head-end system for the first commercial DAB+ launch in Europe.
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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 452.5 thousand
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 100%
Services: 53 DAB+
Receiver sales (cumulative): 106,375 devices
Penetration by population: Sparkline Graph 25%
Last update: 04.04.2018

Useful Links

www.ba-malta.org/home
www.digibnetwork.com/