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Rapid DAB Uptake, Expansion for Malta

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

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.