DAB radio was taken up with vigour across the bigger countries in Europe from around 1999, a regular radio was not able to pick up a DAB signal so it was necessary for those interested in being a part of this new revolution to invest in one of the new radios to be able to receive the stations in this new format. At this point in time Malta had no facility to receive DAB radio.
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