Over 40 additional channels will be available to Maltese listeners on digital radio next year, Digi B Network Ltd’s managing director Sergio D’Amico told The Sunday Times. An opera channel is currently running test transmissions, and a classic rock channel broadcasting from Malta, Radio France International, and Deutsche Welle will also be introduced on the local network in the coming weeks.
Malta has seen the fastest DAB growth in the world with over 8,000 radios sold since October 2008. Meanwhile, Mr D’Amico’s firm has just rolled out the first commercial DAB+ network, making Malta the first European country to enjoy even superior audio quality. DAB+ was recently unveiled in Australia, France and Germany. The company is also the world’s first manufacturer of DAB+ enabled car stereos.
Other local stations on the network include Radio 101, One Radio, RTK, Calypso, Campus FM, Radju Marija, and 897 Bay. The international line-up features Voice of America, BBC World Service, Groove, Smooth, Top Hits and Big Country.