Italy’s regulator has approved the regulation to allow the commercial launch of DAB+ digital radio services for the first time.
The regulation will allow broadcasters across Italy to migrate their services from analogue to digital offering listener’s new content and multi-media services. Listeners will also have access to a growing number of exciting new DAB+ receivers from manufacturers such as PURE Digital.
The Italian regulation clearly states that DAB+ digital radio will be launched in Band III. It provides regulation on coverage, networks for national services, spectrum allocation for services, local coverage and rules on simulcasting and new content. The regulation will be put into effect from January 2010 and digital radio development will move forward from here.
Digital radio is currently commercially available in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. The symbolic launch of the digital radio took place in Paris recently with the launch of 60 services using DMB radio. Ireland, Hungary and Sweden are also in a phase where clear regulation guidelines are needed to accelerate the adoption of digital radio on the DAB, DAB+ and DMB.