With more than 8,000 DAB receivers sold since October 2008, uptake of digital radio in Malta is progressing at an exciting pace.
Sergio D'Amico, managing director of Digi B Network Ltd., which is responsible to the Maltese commercial DAB+ transmission network, told The Times of Malta that the company plans to add 40 additional digital radio channels during 2010.
Currently test transmissions for an opera channel are under way. A new classic rock service, as well as Radio France Internationale and Deutsche Welle channels, are set to launch by year end. Planned for Decemver is an around-the-clock Christmas music channel. Maltese public-service broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services Ltd. announced plans to bring its Radju Malta and Magic channels to DAB+.
Digi B also sells DAB receivers and announced that it will bring to market an in-dash DAB+ car stereo.
DAB Supplier Sees "Significant Expansion" Ahead
The company said it enjoys more than three-quarters of the DAB receiver market and that "with the new DAB+ standard opening new markets for digital radios around the world, Frontier expects DAB/DAB+ exponential growth over the next five years."