National DAB+ Service Inches Forward in Germany
Movement toward establishing a national DAB+ seems to be making incremental progress, as six broadcast groups are said to have tendered bids for inclusion on a national multiplex and are contracting with network operator Media Broadcast as it prepares to begin assembly of the system's transmission infrastructure.
Germany's Commission of Broadcasting (Rundfunkkommission) has already approved the 10- to 15-channel nationwide multiplex, while German regulatory authority BNetzA has designated spectrum for the new single frequency network.
The current plan calls for the national network be supplemented by two or three multiplexes in each of the nation's 16 regions to provide regional and local radio from both public and private broadcasters.
Organizing a re-launch of digital radio in Germany has been a fitful process, largely because of skepticism from commercial broadcasters who felt earlier government and private investments in DAB were wasted when those multiplexes failed to draw many listeners. A recent survey suggests that support from the commercial sector is still weak with only 26 percent of content providers planning to bid for inclusion nationally. But with strong support from public broadcasters and increased interest in the technology from consumer electronics manufacturers, private financial support for the process appears to be solidifying.
Acceptable Use Policy blog comments powered by Disqus
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Today in Radio History
The history of radio broadcasting extends beyond the work of a few famous inventors.
Read each issue online in our Digital Edition Format in your Web browser.
EAS Information More on EAS
The feed provides feeds for all US states and territories.
Need a calendar for your computer desktop? Use one of ours.
Information from manufacturers and associations about industry news, products, technology and business announcements.
Staying on-air is priority #1, but 100 percent redundancy comes at a cost.
Browse Back Issues[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Also in the November Issue
- Music is Everywhere at WTMD
- FCC Looks to Update RF Exposure Rules
- Government Shutdown Causes FCC Delays
- Applied Technology: Wheatstone baseband192
- Side by Side: Video Cameras
- Exploring More from Google Earth
- The History of W9BSP