Guidelines for DAB network planning

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This strategic report provides guidance on key elements necessary to plan and design a DAB network. The term DAB applies to both DAB and DAB+, but where there are differences between the systems, they are explained. 

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The EBU's previous report on DAB planning issues, TR 021, was prepared in 2003 and it still remains a useful guide. Since then, however, the widespread availability of new receivers, the experience gained by network planners and the revision by ETSI of the DAB standard in January 2017, has highlighted the need for an updated planning document on DAB.

This report provides guidance on key elements that are necessary to plan and design a DAB network. No information on the overall transmitter network planning process has been included as this is specific to country situations and constraints and it can be found in other documents, e.g. TR 021. The latest release of the DAB standard only covers the VHF band, which includes Bands I, II and III. In this report only Band III is considered.

As well as the main body of the report there are eleven annexes that detail studies of subjects already considered in the main report and which are not publicly available elsewhere.