Politicians and broadcasters welcome mandatory arrival dab +

Jan

18

2019

to cars in Europe
Policymakers and broadcasters are delighted with the entry into force of the European Electronic Communications Code. This means that within two years new cars with a car sound system must be equipped with dab + support.

DAB + The European Electronic Communications Code entered into force on 20 December 2018. The European directive states that car manufacturers have two years from that date to deliver car radios with support for dab + in new vehicles. Incidentally, the directive does not mention dab + as such, but it states ‘a receiver who can at least receive and reproduce radio services that are broadcast via digital terrestrial radio broadcasts’. Belgium and the Netherlands have yet to transpose the directive into national legislation. At the Motor Show in Brussels, policy makers, car manufacturers and broadcasters step down the entry into their own words.

According to the NPO, car manufacturers must already take action. “In anticipation of the conversion, it is important that car manufacturers and importers ensure that dab + is supplied as standard or in every option package as quickly as possible,” says Jurre Bosman, chairman of the Steering Committee Digital Radio Netherlands and director of audio NPO. Jos de Groot, Director of Digital Economy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate speaks of ‘a good step’.

In Belgium it is Sven Gatz, Minister of Culture, Youth and Media who is delighted with the ‘strong signal from Europe: “We are ready in Flanders, the number of channels has tripled in a few years, the campaign to stimulate digital listening has been launched at the end of last year. ”

In the Netherlands, 38 percent of the new cars sold in 2018 had a dab + radio. In Belgium this was 30 percent. In total, 1 million and 500,000 dab + radios have been sold in the Netherlands and Belgium since 2013. Dab + is the digital successor of FM in the air. The politicians want to switch to the dab + standard to free up frequency space. Among other things, this offers the possibility of additional digital services for more radio stations, such as radio text + and tpeg, a standard for sending traffic information.

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