Dutch govt wants to auction 31 new DAB+ licenses

Thursday 18 May 2017 | 20:30 CET | News

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs is planning to auction off 31 digital radio licenses, in layer 4 for DAB+. The government will in the coming years also continue with its digitalization policy for commercial radio broadcasting. All current licenses will be renewed for five years, in-line with the wishes of the Lower House of Parliament.

An extra digital frequency spectrum will become available in the digital layer 4 of band III, where regional public broadcasters, non-national commercial broadcasters and commercial mid-wave broadcasters work together. These frequencies may come to newcomers, or to existing stations that want to broadcast more or in with a higher audio quality. All licensing decisions are in preparation, with public consultation and response analysis.

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