Operator station starts first dab + broadcasts in Belgium




The Belgian channel operator Norkring has officially started offering digital radio based on the DAB + standard in Belgium. The first to receive seven commercial radio stations in and around Brussels.

DAB + These are the stations TOPradio, VBRO Radio, Radio Maria, Radio FG, Radio City, Family Radio and ClubFM on the so-called ‘block 11A’ to receive a frequency of 216.928 MHz with a compatible radio. It is like the dab + standard prescribes, uses aac compression. The bit rate is 64 Kbit / s per radio station.

Norkring began Wednesday broadcasts in and around Brussels via two masts, so writes BroadbandTVnews, but it will eventually be offering dab + throughout Flanders. In mid-2017 this is a fact. A number of popular channels, particularly those of the VRT and RTBF have not switched to dab +. The Flemish and Walloon public broadcasters even used in-house use of obsolete dab-standard still mpeg2 compression, but there were already test be taken dab +.

The dab + standard offers much more space for radio stations in the ether. Also, additional digital services such as radio text + and TPEG standard for sending traffic. In the Netherlands, all major radio stations now available via DAB +, but switched to the public from FM to DAB + is slow. That is partly because there are few devices that can receive DAB + and internet radio both indoors and outdoors has become a competitor.

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