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Digital Radio UK launches website upgrade
17.07.2020 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Digital Radio UK has launched a new website upgrade featuring the Radio’s Digital Revolution artwork and improvements to screen optimisation, layout, and navigation. A second phase to further integrate the new look and include links to the new e-learning tool for retailers is currently in development.

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DAB+ theme day at IFA, new nationwide programmes and DAB+ campaigns
16.07.2020 - Germany Germany
Germany's public broadcaster ARD and Deutschlandradio will present the latest information on the digital successor to FM on 3 September, date of the nationwide DAB+ theme day. There will also be an announcement on the radio programmes to launch on the second national multiplex going on air in October. Members of the Digitalradio Deutschland association will launch nationwide DAB+ promotion campaigns in September and again in the run-up to Christmas.

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Southern Cross Austereo launches new DAB+ station
16.07.2020 - Australia Australia
Triple M 90s will launch across all DAB+ markets. The new station is the latest addition to the network’s line up of DAB+ stations, including Triple M Soft Rock, Triple M Country, Triple M Classic Rock, and Triple M Hard N Heavy. Triple M 90s will replace Triple M Greatest Hits.

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Record listening for Germany's national DAB+ stations
15.07.2020 - Germany Germany
New research shows that Deutschlandradio stations have reached record levels of listening. While overall radio listening has decreased slightly, 2.19 million listeners tuned in daily to Deutschlandfunk, the only information programme to feature in the top 10 most listened to programmes. Deutschlandfunk Kultur also gained new listeners in the period measured.

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South Africa - getting receivers on the market a priority
15.07.2020 - South Africa South Africa
The Government wants regulator ICASA to prioritise the establishment of digital broadcast networks and services. They must be introduced alongside existing analogue radio services (FM and AM) and must achieve various goals, including universal service and access for all; the introduction of new entrants into the industry; promoting investment; promoting competition; fostering innovation; and reducing costs.

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5G - are you dense?
Amidst the promotion of 5G, the industry tends to lose sight of the challenges facing network planners to get it to work. Much of the benefit of 5G comes from the use of new frequency bands of the radio spectrum. These bands promise lots of bandwidth, but they do not travel as far. In the press coverage of 5G, there is lots of the former and little of the latter. The next time you hear someone extolling all the great new features of 5G, ask them how they will get access to sufficiently dense networks.

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French media regulator publishes frequency allocations for northern France
13.07.2020 - France France
The CSA has published the list of broadcasters that will be allocated DAB+ frequencies as part of the launch of DAB+ in Amiens, Lille, Calais, Dunkerque, Lens-Douai and Valenciennes.

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Major UK retailer launches microsite celebrating UK radio
13.07.2020 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
UK retailer John Lewis and Partners has launched a microsite celebrating UK radio's radio content offering. The launch is the first execution of a wider campaign which Digital Radio UK has developed to roll out for retailers and manufacturers to help them communicate the great live and on demand radio content currently available to consumers from the UK’s radio and audio broadcasters.

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South African government publishes policy directive to licence for digital radio
13.07.2020 - South Africa South Africa
Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has issued the policy directive to allow for the licensing of Digital Sound Broadcasting. Following a study tour last year the regulator ICASA said in their press release dated 8 April 2019 that "there is clear evidence that DSB technologies are beneficial for South Africa and have proven to be successful in countries visited, such as Norway and Australia". While desired, local receiver manufacture is not mandatory, and many cars on the road already have DAB+ as standard.

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Only two slots left on national DAB+ multiplex
13.07.2020 - Germany Germany
The allocation of channels on the national platform for commercial stations is almost complete. Platform provider Antenne Deutschland and National German Radio are currently talking to broadcasters in order to fill the last two of the 16 channels. About 67 million people will be able to listen to the new array of 16 DAB+ stations by the end of 2020.

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