New Zealand

Last update: 26-06-2018 - older versions

New Zealand will debate whether its long-standing DAB trial will be extended beyond its current deadline of 30 June 2018. Operator Kordia states that DAB can be implemented across the country for NZD 10m, and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage will now make a recommendation to Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran.

Digital radio services were introduced in New Zealand on a trial basis in two cities.  These trials have been licensed by the MInistry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), but as yet there has been no requirement to develop wider policies concerning digital radio services.

New Zealand’s government owned broadcast and telecoms company, Kordia, has been operating a DAB test service in Auckland and Wellington since October 2006 with two transmitters operating in Band III. The multiplex currently delivers a mix of DAB and DAB+ services, including eight audio channels.

Last update: 15-11-2013 - older versions

New Zealand continues the trial of DAB/DAB+ services across Auckland and central Wellington with two transmitters operating in Band III.

Last update: 15-11-2013 - older versions

In this country there is

on air.

Broadcasting and telecommunications service provider Kordia owns and operates the DAB transmission equipment and has worked with a wide range of public and private content providers. Content is currently broadcast in a mixture of DAB and DAB+ formats.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB programmes 6 0 6
DAB+ programmes 0 2 2
Data services 0 1 1
Total639

Last update: 29-09-2014 - older versions

There is a small range of DAB/DAB+ receivers in the market. There are no retailers actively marketing DAB products as there is no commercial network.

Last update: 15-11-2013 - older versions

Kordia’s test transmissions in Auckland and Wellington are ongoing using a mix of DAB and DAB+ broadcasts.

Last update: 04-04-2017 - older versions

Key features of regulation for digital radio in New Zealand;

  • Band III

The introduction of digital radio services is dependent on spectrum availability, government policy and industry
requirements. Spectrum in VHF Band III will become unused when analogue television services are switched off in late 2013 and Government will address potential uses of this spectrum some time thereafter. Analogue FM spectrum is mainly utilised in major cities, but the extent of further demand for broadcasting services and industry views on technology and timing of any widespread digital radio services are unclear.

The government has made no decisions on the allocation of spectrum for DAB.  It is anticipated that therew will be more focus on this by the MBIE in 2015/2016. The current trial uses Band III.

DAB+ developments in NZ and Australia
WorldDAB Members News - 04.06.2018 - Pure - Australia - Australia - New Zealand - New Zealand
In New Zealand, DAB+ trial operator Kordia has written to Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran to extend the trial that will expire on 30 June. In Australia, Aqipa has relaunched the radio brand Pure.
From Radio magazine:

NZ to debate DAB trial extension
04.06.2018 - New Zealand - New Zealand
New Zealand will debate whether its long-standing DAB trial will be extended beyond its current deadline of 30 June. Operator Kordia states that DAB can be implemented across the country for NZD 10m, and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage will now make a recommendation to Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran.
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From Cerebral-Overload:

Kordia ready to invest in DAB+ if NZ radio industry is supportive
12.02.2018 - New Zealand - New Zealand
Kiwis would get more and better radio services if the country invested in a digital radio network, says Kordia chief executive Scott Bartlett. "Kordia is ready to invest. We are willing to put some money down on the table to bring these services to market if there is a consensus that it is the smart thing to do."
From Stuff.co.nz:

Kordia to invest in DAB in tech revamp
07.02.2018 - New Zealand - New Zealand
As part of its renewed focus, Kordia plans to invest in a range of new technology, including Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) and next-generation Cloud for Digital Playout.
From Scoop NZ:

Kordia plans DAB investment in technology revamp
07.02.2018 - New Zealand - New Zealand
Kordia plans to sink money into a range of new technology, including Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) and next-generation Cloud for Digital Playout.
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From Telecompaper (subscription):

New Zealand Launches 12 Month DAB pilot
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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 4.5 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 22%
Services: 6 DAB, 2 DAB+, 1 Data
Last update: 29.09.2014