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Boom Rock to launch in February from Boom Radio
- United Kingdom
A new spin-off radio station is launching in February called Boom Rock to go with Boom Radio and Boom Light. The third service from Phil Riley and David Lloyd’s growing radio brand will be available from launch on DAB digital radio in Nottingham and online. Boom’s programme director David Lloyd told RadioToday: “We’ve always had plans to broaden our offering – and this is certainly a format for which our listeners have shown an appetite.” Boom Radio launched on February 14th 2021, joining the national DAB multiplex Sound Digital a month later. Its first spin-off station, Boom Light appeared in summer 2022.
(Radio Today UK) Read more
End of auction! České Radiokomunikace and RTI cz will be the operators of the national DAB+ networks
- Ceske Radiokomunikace a.s.
The operators of the two full-screen commercial DAB+ multiplexes that will be launched on the Czech market in the coming years will be České Radiokomunikace, or its subsidiary Czech Digital Group, and RTI cz. The Czech Telecommunications Office announced this in a press release on 5 January. According to the regulator, the auction raised almost CZK 80 million.
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RTI cz has been awarded a nationwide DAB+ network
RTI cz has won the tender for the operation of one of two national DAB+ networks in the 174-230 MHz band. The auction part of the tender procedure was launched by the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) at the end of October last year and ended on 4 January 2024. According to the company's managing director Václav Ježek, this is a great success for RTI cz, and it is a logical step because it is one of the first ever promoters of the development of DAB broadcasting in the Czech Republic.
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Czech auction of DAB+ frequencies successfully completed
The electronic auction of the tender for the award of rights to use radio frequencies in the 174-230 MHz band has ended. The auctioned frequency blocks were divided among all eight participants of the tender. "I am pleased that we were able to complete the auction successfully, having satisfied all participating bidders and managed to allocate all the blocks on offer. Thus, nothing stands in the way of the further development of terrestrial digital radio broadcasting." said Marek Ebert, Chairman of the CTU Council. The tender sets out development criteria that should ensure not only the successful development of DAB broadcasting, but also the efficient use of the allocated radio frequencies. The national networks are to cover 50% of the population and motorways within 18 months, and 80% of the population and motorways within a further 12 months.
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Czech national DAB+ networks won by CRA and RTI cz
- Ceske Radiokomunikace a.s.
All eight participants in the auction of frequencies for DAB+ networks for commercial radio were successful and won frequencies for at least one multiplex. The two nationwide networks B and C were acquired by České Radiokomunikace (or its subsidiary Czech Digital Group) and RTI cz.
The Czech Telecommunications Office (ČTÚ) succeeded in auctioning all 29 frequency sets, i.e. 27 regional multiplexes in addition to the two national networks.
(Televizníweb.cz) Read more
Music radio expands DAB+ broadcast area
After extensive planning work, Sunradio - Best international Music, based in the Bernese Oberland, is further expanding its terrestrial broadcasting area on DAB+. Sunradio has already been broadcasting in the Bernese Oberland in collaboration with network operator Digris since 2018. Now the Bernese Mittelland and large parts of the canton of Solothurn are being added, as the music station announces. "After careful financial considerations and detailed clarifications, we are taking this step for the next two years, 2024 and 2025. In mid-2025, we will then weigh up the options and analyse the situation again. However, the goal is clearly a longer-term DAB broadcast in this attractive transmission area," Sunradio operator Stefan Grünig is quoted as saying.
(persoenlich.com) Read more
Three new bids for Croatian DAB+ licences
- Agency for Electronic Media of Croatia
At the 1-24 session held on January 4, 2024, the Council for Electronic Media in Croatia opened the offers received on the Notice of Intent to Grant Concession No. 09/23 for the provision of digital radio media services (DAB+). Bids have been opened from: MUX 1 (Republic of Croatia) – bravo cbc d.o.o.; DD0 (part of Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Istarska, part of Lika-Senj County) – Radio tvornica jdoo; DF0 (Split-Dalmatia, part of Dubrovnik-Neretva) – Media consulting doo.
(Agencija za elektroničke medije) Read more
Bosnian regulator advertises first national DAB+ multiplex licence
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Communications Regulator of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Regulatorna agencija za komunikacije/RAK) has published a public call for a licence to operate DAB+ "MULTIPLEKS 1". Applications must be submitted by 12 February 2024. In the call, the regulator sets out deadlines for the licensee: no more than nine months from the date of issuance of the licence, to start broadcasting DAB+; to achieve coverage of at least 50% of the population in BiH by a maximum 18 months; and to achieve coverage of at least 85% of the BiH population by a maximum 36 months. The coverage must be achieved with at least one transmitter in each of the nine digital regions.
(Regulatorna agencija za komunikacije) Read more
DAB+ soon to cover 60% of French population
December 2023 marked a major step forward in the roll-out of DAB+. Between October 2023 and the end of the year, 108 new transmitters were switched on. Residents of Chartres, Compiègne, Dole and Menton can now receive DAB+ radio stations in their homes for the first time. In other cities such as Lens, Strasbourg, Montbéliard, Clermont-Ferrand and Nice, new stations are being added to the DAB+ offering. Following the first phase of deployment of national antennas in DAB+ in October 2021, the listening areas are being extended and enriched. By March 2024, at the end of the second phase of deployment, 26 national radio stations will be available to more than 60% of the French population.
(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more
CMC radio is coming to DAB+
After several years of online radio, CMC radio is also available on the DAB+ platform with national coverage from 4 January. If your car has DAB+, you can enjoy the songs of Miša Kovač, Željko Bebek, Jelena Rozga, Mija Dimšić, Oliver Dragojević, Parni valjak and many others on your way through Croatia without losing the signal during driving through the tunnel, because the DAB+ platform represents the greatest progress in radio technology and, among other things, the reception of quality sound without any interference. "We are proud that you can listen to CMC radio throughout Croatia in better sound quality and completely free of charge for users. So turn on the hits you love and enjoy the best local music wherever you are in Croatia," said the executive director of CMC radio, Mario Kovač.
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