Dutch Local Broadcasters Hope to Start DAB+ Trials

The Organization of Local Broadcasters in the Netherlands is studying the possibility of its own pilot DAB+ test
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AMSTERDAM�The Organization of Local Broadcasters in the Netherlands is studying the possibility of its own pilot DAB+ test.

OLON wants to use band III, as do the national and regional DAB+ networks, according toradio.nl. However, before any pilot test programs start, local broadcasters must decide whether or not the addition of these new networks is financially feasible. There are four possible options:

�������Using their own nation-wide network. This method would be similar to the current regional network system, but the areas of coverage will be smaller.

�������Using capacity of third party systems.� MTVNL has channel capacity.� The advantage is speed; the disadvantage is that there isn�t that much capacity.

�������Individual roll-outs with low-cost systems.� This method is also cheap but coverage is limited.�

�������Join regional DAB+ networks already in existence.� The problem is that across the country, there is limited capacity on such networks.�

The Netherlands� Radio Communications agency will make a decision later this year on the subject, and based on that, OLON hopes to have one or two local DAB+ trials going within a year or two.�

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