of Hymettus Mountain. Credit: Wiki Commons, Xristos Liaskonis.
ATHENS, Greece — Greece entered the digital radio age on Jan. 5
with the country’s first-ever DAB+ radio transmissions.
public broadcaster ERT [Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi] is transmitting the DAB+
signals broadcaster from its transmitter site on Hymettus mountain, which
to the Greek language news site radiotvlink.gr, seven DAB+ channels are
being broadcast by ERT on VHF Channel 12C (227.36 MHz), using a single DAB+
multiplex and a transmission power of 300 watts.
The seven DAB+ channels on the
ERT DAB+ multiplex include the country’s six ERT radio program channels (First,
Second, Third, ERA Sports, World, Voice of Greece), plus audio from the Greek
from Greece is excellent news for radio in both Greece and across Europe,” said
Bernie O’Neill, project director at WorldDAB; the global association that
promotes the DAB/DAB+ digital radio standard. “The tender for national and
local DAB+ services was announced in December 2017, with licences to be issued
in May 2018,” she added.
pretty fast progress since September 2017 when Lefteris Kretsos, the Greek
Secretary General of Information and Communication, revealed that Greece
planned to launch digital radio,” O’Neill said.
“WorldDAB is now actively
working with the Greek Ministry to make sure that Greek broadcasters benefit
from the best practice and case studies from all the other markets across
Europe that have already deployed DAB+.”
is to cover Greece’s large urban centers “with digital radio signal in 2018 and
later the whole country,” said radiotvlink.gr. However,
the country itself does not have a timeline in place to turn off analog
broadcasts in favor of DAB+.
The radio information website www.wohnort.org says that
Greece has been divided into nine DAB+ “regions," each having a Band III
allocation. “The region of Attica includes the capital. Thus Athens has seven
allocations, six of its own, plus Attica,” said the website. “Crete has two
regional allocations. There is an allocation for a national ensemble on Block
meantime, ERT’s test DAB+ broadcasts are covering all of Central Greece and
Attica with a single-frequency network. A DAB+ receiver is required to receive
the signals off-air.
programming in digital form can already be heard via Greek’s digital television
service, although a special TV decoder is required to do so.
The news from Greece is just one of a
number of developments for DAB in 2018.
“In just the last month we’ve seen
accelerated progress for DAB+ in France, Germany announced that 40 percent of
new cars have DAB+ fitted and there is growing support for EU-wide receiver
legislation,” said O’Neill.
As well, “WorldDAB recently joined with the
European Broadcasting Union and the European Digital Radio Alliance to call
upon EU decision makers to introduce measures to encourage the
interoperability of radio receivers across the EU.”