Expansion of Digital Radio Transmission Across Europe and the UK Continues Apace

16 new transmitters are part of the current phase of the national digital radio network expansion
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LONDON�The BBC has turned on an additional 16 national network DAB transmitters on the Isle of Man, at Ballycastle and at Clitheroe. The total number of transmitters is now 335, serving more than 96 percent of homes in total.

The 16 new transmitters are part of the current phase of the national digital radio network expansion, bringing a further two million people into coverage, and increasing indoor coverage from 93 percent to 97 percent of homes, by the end of 2015. The roll-out not only serves new areas but also improves coverage in areas already served, according toradio.co.uk.�

In the Netherlands, KPN Broadcast Services continues with installations of DAB+ mux transmitters and antenna systems.� In recent weeks, service has been turned up for Ittervoort / Hunsel, Breda, Sittard, Oostburg, Terneuzen and Groenlo.

The Dutch public broadcaster NPO is working to improve reception by way of DAB+. The Phase 3 expansion of DAB+, originally planned for 2017, is now expected to be completed by the end of February of 2016. The DAB + network of the NPO will then be available (outdoors) anywhere in Netherlands, according to radio.nl. Indoor reception will also be available across much of the country.�

In Germany, the radio stations of the North German public broadcaster NDR are now available in Rostock via DAB +. The new mux transmitter is on channel 11B, with 2.5 kW of power. Radio stations NDR 1 Radio MV, NDR 2, NDR Kultur, NDR Info, N-Joy, NDR Blue, NDR Traffic and NDR Info Spezial are on the mux, which provides coverage for an additional 600 000 potential listeners.

The commissioning of the new DAB + transmitter by the NDR is the first in more than three years for the broadcaster, according toradio.nl. NDR has one of the larger broadcast coverage areas for DAB+.

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