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Digital Radio Set to Spread: Fifield

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is examining proposals for expanding digital radio services in Australia.

Largely due to spectrum issues, digital radio is currently mainly limited to State capitals, with experimental services in Darwin and Canberra.’

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Friday told a Commercial Radio Australia Conference in Melbourne that a recently established digital radio planning committee had posted ACMA with its latest recommendations for planning principles for rollout of digital radio to regional areas.

“While its principles are a matter for ACMA to consider, I really do recognise and welcome the spirit of cooperation and compromise where necessary for their development,” Fifield said.

He noted that digital radio devices are increasing in popularity with the number of cars fitted with the service tripling in 2015 and a quarter of new vehicles sold last year fitted with digital radio.

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