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All Swiss tunnels will include DAB+; Italy’s RAI increases digital program offerings

BERN, Switzerland —Switzerland’s Federal Roads Office has announced that that radio systems in the motorway tunnels for the DAB+ digital radio reception will be expanded throughout Switzerland. In the area of ​​northeastern Switzerland, work has been completed in all 27 tunnels.

Eventually all the tunnels of Swiss national roads will be upgraded to receive the new DAB+ digital radio standard, for safety and comfort reasons, so that they will duplicate analog FM radio reception, matching expectations of drivers there.

DAB + reception on the highways in the cantons of Zurich, Schaffhausen, Thurgau, St. Gallen and Glarus as well as in the canton of Schwyz along Lake Zurich, is now possible without gaps, according to lokalinfo.ch .

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In Rome, RAI Radio has announced the startup of two new radio programs in June: Rai Radio1 Sport and Rai Radio2 Indie.

“With these two new channels our offer of radio increases and brings the total number to 12, which should reach 13 shortly with a new specialized spin-off channel of Radio 3. A rich offer, unthinkable only a few years ago, which positions RAI Radio among the main players in the production of audio content, whether for entertainment, information or culture. And that confirms the desire to turn the promises announced into reality, a demanding job that I’m proud of because it looks at the future of Radio RAI,” Roberto Sergio said in this article in primaonline.it .

“The entire production chain is now fully digitalized, from studies to royalties to transmission. In this sense, RAI Radio has recently given a strong impetus to the spread of the DAB+…” said Sergio. “RAI’s investments in DAB+ and digital have been anticipated for a value of around 5 million euros. Today, we can therefore already offer good coverage on the central North motorway axis. The commitment is however constant and will lead us to constantly increase the quality and penetration of the digital signal.”

The RAI Radio platform is available on all digital service types and includes RAI Radio1, RAI Radi2, RAI Radio 3, Isoradio, Gr Parlamento along with five specialized programs: RAI Radio Classica, RAI Radio Kids, RAI Radio Live, RAI Radio Techete’, RAI Radio Tutta Italiana and RAI Radio 3 by the end of 2018.

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5G trial is being promoted by the Italian government

MATERA, Italy—Italian mobile operator TIM, Italian broadband provider Fastweb and manufacturer Huawei have announced the activation of the first 5G antenna system in the city of Matera as part of a 5G trial being promoted by the Italian government, reports rcrwireless.com .

The Italian cities of Bari and Matera will be among the first areas in the world to be covered by the new generation of mobile technology. Use of 3.7-3.8 GHz frequency bands, made available by the Ministry of Economic Development, will facilitate project’s network development plan. 75 percent coverage of the two cities’ is planned for by the end of this year.

Huawei recently announced the completion of the first 5G trial in the city of Turin, Italy, also in partnership with TIM and Fastweb. A net throughput of more than 3 Gbps has been achieved using 100 megahertz of spectrum, according to Huawei. The 5G trial also reached a spectral efficiency of 30 bits/second/hertz, which is about seven times higher than advanced 4G technology, according to the same article.

Vodafone is also engaged in 5G trials in Italy. In December last year, the telco launched its project to test 5G technologies via the 3.6-3.8 GHz band in the city of Milan. The company said the network will cover 80 percent of the city and surrounding metropolitan areas by the end of next year and 100 percent by 2019. Download speeds of 2.7 Gbps and a latency of just over a millisecond were reported in the first live end-to-end 5G data connection in Italy. 

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