DAB+ News from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands

Beginning Jan. 31, 12 new commercial radio stations will take to the air via DAB+ in the German cities of in Leipzig and in Freiberg
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Beginning Jan. 31, 12 new commercial radio stations will take to the air via DAB+ in the German cities of Leipzig and Freiberg.�The Saxon State Media Authority for Private Broadcasting and New Media (SLM) is promoting the local DAB+ multiplexes operated and set up by the broadcaster DIVICON Media Holding GmbH, Leipzig, reports infosat.de. It will soon be possible to distribute a good quality DAB+ radio program for around �300 per month, according to the same article, which is considerably cheaper than previously available on FM.�

The transmitter in Leipzig transmits in the DAB channel 6C (185.360 MHz), and in Freiberg on channel 10D (215.072 MHz). All owners of a DAB+ radios should perform a �scan� on their receivers after Jan. 31.

In Denmark, transmission services provider Teracom has ordered three additional DAB+ multiplexers from Paneda. With the exception of the RF gear the DAB+ multiplex is completely virtual. �...our concept to build DAB infrastructure by ourselves, using our data center, is now well proven and shows that this is the right choice for Teracom. Paneda with its DAB system optimized for data centers fits us perfectly,� said Karsten Madsen, Operation Manager at Teracom AS Denmark. No word, though, on precisely what areas will be served by this new capacity.

In the Flanders part of the Netherlands, anyone traveling between Central Zeeland and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen can now continue to listen to DAB+ in the car without interruption.�The national public, commercial and regional stations are passed through the 6 km Westerscheldetunnel, which is the longest tunnel in the Netherlands for road traffic, according to totaaltv.nl. In addition, the FM channel offering in the tunnel has been expanded with BNR, Radio 10, 100% NL and channels from Belgium: the classic VRT Klara and the pop station Studio Brussel.�

In Ghent new channels were activated (for East Flanders) with commercial channels, including Top Radio, VBRO, Joe FM and Q Music Vlaanderen. Reception in Flanders will soon be further expanded further after the official national launch of DAB+ Flanders.

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