Germany: Thursday (8 December) German authorities allocated capacity for a second national DAB+ multiplex for commercial broadcasters. Applications for a licence must be in by 24 February 2017 and licences are awarded by the end of March. Successful licence applicants must provide national radio services.
A second DAB+ multiplex that covers Germany will be launched next year. Broadcasters must provide a national service as regionalisation is not seen as necessary. For regional and local services there are more than enough capacity on other multiplexes.
– A second national multiplex will add to the diversity of radio stations offered and we hope it will boost the popularity of the DAB+, says Siegfried Schneider, Director for the Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten (DLM).
– This will be an important contribution to the development of the digital terrestrial radio market.