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Switzerland’s biggest broadcaster launches mobile DAB

Switzerland’s biggest broadcaster, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, on Friday expanded its Digital Audio Broadcasting network by introducing mobile DAB services.

This content was published on October 15, 1999 - 16:17

Switzerland’s biggest broadcaster, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, on Friday expanded its Digital Audio Broadcasting network by introducing mobile DAB services.

The move means that customers can now receive CD-quality radio transmissions via satellite, cable and mobile receivers.

SBC said that customers in the Berne region would be the first to tap into the new service but that mobile DAB reception should be possible all over the country by 2003.
SBC predicted that market penetration would be slow, not least because the DAB receivers that customers must buy to enjoy the programmes still costs more than SFr1,000 ($680).

SBC, which is the official TV and radio broadcaster in Switzerland and has a government mandate to service all four language regions of the country, will be the only content provider. Commercial stations will be allowed to use SBC’s DAB network from 2002 onwards.

Britain, Scandinavian countries and Germany have been the leading DAB nations in Europe so far.

From staff and wire reports.

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