Rapid DAB Uptake, Expansion for Malta

Network operator plans 40 new channels, in-car DAB+ receiver for 2010
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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.