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Excellent nine months for Arqiva
WorldDAB Members News - 23.05.2017 - Arqiva
Arqiva, the UK’s largest independent towers company and communications infrastructure group, announces continuing strong revenue and EBITDA growth for the nine months to 31 March 20171. The growth was driven by multiple factor including radio contracts resulting from the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) rollout, the continuing clearance of the 700 MHz spectrum, and RPI linked increases on broadcast contracts.
From MilTech:

Manchester minimux to carry 28 radio stations
23.05.2017 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The small-scale DAB trial in Manchester operated by Niocast is to carry at least 28 radio stations by the end of the month with nice new services added soon, including Vinejuice, Radio Diamond and Trafford Sound. It’s the only multiplex in the world to carry as many services – and is made possible by almost all of stations transmitting via DAB+.
From Radio Today:

New speakers added to Doing the DAB: Liverpool
WorldDAB Members News - 22.05.2017 - Digital Radio UK - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
More speakers have been announced for the upcoming Doing The DAB event in Liverpool, hosted by Digital Radio UK and the Radio Academy, supported by RadioToday. The event will celebrate the strength and diversity of digital radio In Liverpool . There are now 66 national and local stations broadcast in Liverpool on DAB and this choice is helping grow radio listening in Liverpool.
From Radio Today:

Nine more stations to join Manchester DAB multiplex
22.05.2017 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Nine more radio stations are set to join the Manchester small-scale multiplex from the end of May, bringing the number of services available on the most populated DAB multiplex in the world to 28 . Its Director of Operations, David Duffy, said: “We are delighted to be able to give more services the opportunity to bring their content to listeners via our DAB platform. We are now adding to the variety and choice of listening in Manchester with another nine fantastically diverse radio stations”.
From Prolific North:

RadioApp now on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
WorldDAB Members News - 22.05.2017 - Commercial Radio Australia - Australia - Australia
The radio industry’s RadioApp is now available via Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto, allowing consumers to stream more than 250 Australian radio stations in the car. RadioApp allows listeners to tune in to commercial, ABC, SBS and DAB+ digital radio stations across the country. The app has been downloaded 140,000 times since it was launched by the industry in November.
From B&T:

Europe's digital radio rollout 2017, Part II
WorldDAB Members News - 19.05.2017 - European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - Switzerland - Switzerland
In Part II of a four-part focus of the European Broadcasting Union's Media Intelligence Service Digital Radio Report 2017, Radio World looks at the continent's DAB digital radio “Embracers.”
From Radio World:

Q1 2017 RAJAR results indicate further gains for digital radio across UK
19.05.2017 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
In the UK, over-the-air DAB radio listening has grown by 11% to a record 33.8% of all radio listening and 71.5% of all digital listening. Q1 2017 saw the highest-ever recorded proportion of in-car radio listening, accounting for 23.5% of all radio listening, with growth supported by the increase of in-car digital radio. 87% of new cars now come with DAB as standard equipment (Q1 2017 CAP/SMMT).
From Radio magazine:

EBU Radio Days in Tunis
WorldDAB Members News - 19.05.2017 - European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - Tunisia - Tunisia
Following on from a very successful ASBU Arab Festival for Radio and Television, the EBU's Director General Ingrid Deltenre and the Technology & Innovation department's Marcello Lombardo were part of a high level delegation hosting the EBU Radio Days 15-16 May in Tunis, an event held in conjunction with Tunisian Member organization Radio Tunisie.
From European Broadcasting Union:

DAB featured topic at Radio Days Tunis
WorldDAB Members News - 19.05.2017 - European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - Tunisia - Tunisia
Following on from ASBU Arab Festival for Radio and Television, the EBU's Director General Ingrid Deltenre and the Technology & Innovation department's Marcello Lombardo were part of a high level delegation hosting the EBU Radio Days 15-16 May in Tunis where DAB radio was discussed.
From European Broadcasting Union:

Dutch government wants to auction 31 new DAB+ licenses
18.05.2017 - Netherlands - Netherlands
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs is planning to auction off 31 new DAB+ digital radio licenses. The government will in the coming years also continue with its digitalisation policy for commercial radio broadcasting. All current licenses will be renewed for five years, in-line with the wishes of the Lower House of Parliament.
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