DAB+ radio on air in Belgium
(1th of July 2015) With a push on the button the latest digital radio technology DAB+ was sent into the ether in and around Brussels. This marks the first step to DAB+ coverage across Flanders.
– DAB+ is no longer the future, DAB+ is now! Said Bart Bosmans, CEO of Norkring Belgium when he and the Minister of Media Sven Gatz opened the WorldDMB European Automotive Event in Brussels.
DAB+ in Brussels
The WorldDMB European Automotive Event was chosen as the launch event since the automotive industry plays a significant role in the success of DAB+. The people listening to radio in their cars represent 23 percent of the listening hours in total.
– This new technology offers many innovative features such as additional news information, slideshows with images of logos, artists, webcam images and more. DAB+ offers incredible advantages for both the radio stations and the listeners. DAB+ is now on air in Brussels and the platform has sufficient capacity to welcome additional radio channels, says Bart Bosmans.
Norwegian experience in Flanders
– We see that our experience from the Norwegian network is very useful in the digitalization of Belgium, and at the same time growing our business, that is exiting, says CEO of Norkring Torbjørn Ø. Teigen about the opening of Europe’s latest digital radio network in the capital of Belgium. Teigen believes that Norway is leading the way when it comes to DAB.
– We would like to bring our experience to other parts of Europe, Teigen underlines, hoping that this is just the beginning.
This is DAB+ in Belgium
7 commercial radio stations are available for the listeners at home, at work or in the car in perfect HD digital quality.
This launch reinforces the digital offering of the VRT and RTBF which have a total of 16 DAB channels on air.
Norkring Belgium has the DAB+ licensee for the distribution of the digital signals.
About Norkring Belgium
Norkring Belgium is a network operator with its own broadcasting network and transmission licenses for wireless digital television, digital radio and other digital data applications in Flanders and Brussels. Norkring Belgium has operated the entire transmitter site for Flanders and Brussels since March 5, 2009. Norkring Belgium also obtained the licenses, and the related digital frequency packages, to offer a television and radio broadcasting network in late June 2009