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Ofcom consults about small-scale DAB

From a press release to news@media.info
Posted 29 October 2014, 6.39am edt

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Ofcom, the UK regulator, has today published a consultation seeking views on the approach to issuing new short-term licences to support small-scale digital radio trials being run by Ofcom next year.

This consultation focuses on the conditions and award processes for trial Wireless Telegraphy Act licences needed to test small-scale DAB multiplexes in three locations. If successful, this new technology could allow smaller radio stations to go digital at a lower cost.

This technology was first trialled in the UK by an Ofcom engineer in Brighton between September 2012 and January 2013. This experimental DAB multiplex showed it could be feasible to deliver infrastructure capable of supporting digital radio transmission at a lower cost than the current systems used.

These trials will help inform a wider programme of work Ofcom is undertaking on the possibilities for enabling smaller radio services to broadcast on digital radio.

The consultation article is on the Ofcom website.

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