The Flemish Government is to open a tender for seven DVB multiplexes and one DAB multiplex. The licence will be issued following a tender process. Flanders has a total of eight multiplexes for television (DVB), and three for digital radio (DAB). The government has already issued one DVB and one DAB multiplex to the public broadcaster VRT.
The government intends to issue all the new DVB multiplexes to a single applicant. At least one of the multiplexes needs to be used for DVB-H in order to promote mobile TV reception. Flanders will switch off its analogue terrestrial television signals on November 3. It is thought about 60,000 homes that only receive television over the air will be affected. A further 80,000 to 180,000 homes with dual reception mode will also lose their analogue signals.