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Umbria Welcomes New DAB+ MUX

Italian region is the country’s latest to receive local digital radio services

Local broadcasters have switched on a new DAB+ multiplexer in the Umbria region of Italy.

Members of the Aeranti-Corallo association of local radio and TV broadcasters activated the new MUX, “Radiofonia locale digitale Umbria,” which transmits on the 10C block.

This latest local digital radio MUX, which is located in Colle della Trinità, carries content from stations including Max Radio Classic; Radio Blu; Radio Galileo; Radio Studio Delta; and Simply Radio.

Other local digital radio services are also operating in Tuscany (provinces of Florence, Pistoia, Prato, Arezzo and Siena), western Piedmont (provinces of Turin and Cuneo), Trentino Alto Adige and Campania (provinces of Naples and Caserta).

“The new MUX confirms local radio broadcasters’ commitment to invest in digital radio, to be a protagonist in the new technological scenario,” said Marco Rossignoli, Aeranti-Corallo coordinator. “It is now necessary for local broadcasting to be able to operate throughout Italy,” he said.

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“In fact, at the moment, due to the scarcity of frequencies in many areas, local radios still do not have the ability to transmit via DAB+. It’s absolutely necessary that the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico (the Ministry of Economic Development) authorizes the activation of experimental systems, pending the reorganization of frequencies expected to be implemented in June 2022.”