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Media Broadcast signs contract with NDR, Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting for DAB+ services
31.03.2020 - Media Broadcast GmbH WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
Media Broadcast said that it has signed a four-year contract with Northern German Broadcasting (NDR) and Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting (Rbb) to provide broadcasting services for their DAB + output. Media Broadcast will provide maintenance services and prevent radio interference at the DAB + stations. The services will start on 01 April. The parties can extend the contract for up to two more years.

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GatesAir rolls out new DAB transmitter
30.03.2020 - GatesAir WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
GatesAir says it is extending the proven operational benefits of its liquid-cooled UHF transmitters to VHF and DAB digital radio with the global debut of its Maxiva VLX-OP Series. The high-efficiency, frequency-agile transmitter line covers DAB/DAB+ radio, low-band VHF (Channels 2–6) and high-band VHF (Channels 7–13).

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DAB+ network expands in Czech Republic
30.03.2020 - Czech Republic Czech Republic
České Radiokomunikace (Czech Radiocommunications) is expanding its DAB+ network in Czech Republic, with the launch of new DAB+ transmitters in Ostrava and Pilsen - on channels 7D and 6D respectively. The public broadcaster currently broadcasts 12 private radio stations on DAB+.

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ACMA's Future delivery of radio report points to DAB+ as long-term platform
30.03.2020 - Australia Australia
According to the report, DAB+ remains the industry preferred long-term digital platform, especially given the level of investment to date.

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Small Scale DAB radio licences extended in the UK
27.03.2020 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
The ten trial Small Scale DAB multiplex operators have had their temporary licences extended till the end of 2021. The contracts were awarded by Ofcom five years ago to run for just nine months, but were extended a number of times, and were due to run out on March 31st 2020. But the regulator told the licence holders this month they will now be able to operate their multiplexes till December 31st, 2021.

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BBC local radio to offer free DAB radios for over 70s
26.03.2020 - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) WorldDAB Member - United Kingdom United Kingdom
BBC local radio is teaming up with manufacturers, retailers and a loneliness charity to offer free DAB radios to the most vulnerable people aged over 70. The initiative is part of the BBC’s Make A Difference campaign, which was launched in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. It is running across all 39 BBC local radio stations in England and is aimed at connecting communities. Nominations open on Monday 30 March.

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Health Info radio cuts through the Covid-19 confusion
26.03.2020 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Health Info Radio is taking a stand against the confusion created by the spread of inaccurate and downright misleading information about Covid-19. Produced as a public service by Southdown Media in London, the station offers a mix of updates on Covid-19 symptoms, myths, and social isolation rules, plus interviews designed to help listeners through the shutdown.

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Antenne Deutschland prepares the launch of Germany's second national multiplex
25.03.2020 - Germany Germany
Germany's nationwide digital radio offering is set to become even more diverse in autumn 2020, when Antenne Deutschland launch the country's first national commercial DAB+ multiplex. The broadcasting center for the multiplex is set be decided between Berlin and Munich in the near future.

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UK telecoms firms unite on campaign to avoid network outage
25.03.2020 - United Kingdom United Kingdom
Britain’s biggest telecoms companies including BT, Sky, O2, Vodafone and Virgin Media have put their rivalries aside to launch a national campaign to tell the public how to manage the surge in internet and mobile phone usage and reduce congestion on networks as millions are confined to their homes.

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DAB+ used to broadcast multilingual information loops in Vienna
25.03.2020 - Austria Austria
In Vienna, DAB+ is being used to broadcast announcement loops with crucial information related to the spread of Covid-19. In addition to the announcement loop in German, there are also information channels in English, Turkish, Romanian and an Emergency Warning Functionality“ (EWF) station broadcasting in Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian.

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