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Netherlands Issues 34 DAB+ Licenses

Distribution will start Aug. 10, with licenses good for two years

The Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs has announced that 34 regional radio stations will be able to receive DAB+ licenses. Only commercial radio stations that already have a legal permit for DAB+ may enroll for consideration. Distribution of the licenses will being Monday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m.

In the case that there are more requests than licenses available, distribution will be handed out in order of entry, explains Applications of stations for simulcast broadcasts will be superseded. If there are still licenses available after this, then stations applying for non-simulcast will be considered.

The licenses are granted for two years, expiring on Aug. 31, 2017. The cost of each license varies on the regional plot. There is one license available for the east, nine for the south, 10 for the north and 14 for the southwest. No licenses are available for Amsterdam and Rotterdam.