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Austria’s DAB Test Period Extended

ORF still refuses to participate

VIENNA, Austria�Vienna�s DAB+ testing period has been extended by one year by media regulator KommAustria to April 2017. Originally, the test was last 10 months.�All but one of the stations that have been on the test multiplex will continue for the entire test period, which started in May of 2015 with 15 stations.

After April of next year radio stations in Austria�may start with regular broadcasts using DAB+.�Currently,�KommAustria is examining how much interest there is in Austria for radio stations to broadcast via DAB +, and based on the results, the media regulator plans to draw up action plans for digital terrestrial radio, with room for 24 to 30 rural radio stations.

Conspicuously absent in the test is the Austrian public broadcaster ORF, which has so farrefused to invest in DAB + because it is not allowed to start additional radio stations. �ORF has been trying for years to get permission to start new radio stations, according ORF currently has a market share of 73% and more radio stations would mean that broadcasters can acquire an even stronger position.�