Competition confirmed for second UK DAB
Ofcom has confirmed the awarding of a second national digital commercial multiplex will be a competitive process.
The news comes as the regulator extends the closing date, to allow a prospective licence applicant sufficient time to obtain information from Arqiva, which owns many DAB transmitter sites.
So far only one group, Sound Digital – a consortium of Arqiva, Bauer Media and UTV – has confirmed it will be bidding for what has been nicknamed as “Digital 2”. The first DAB national commercial multiplex is known as Digital One.
The closing date has been extended from October 30th 2014 to January 29th 2015.
“This is in line with Ofcom’s previous statement that stated that we would consider postponing the closing date to allow sufficient time for an applicant to obtain a Network Access-only reference offer from Arqiva,” Ofcom said.
“A Network Access-only reference offer will provide a price specifically for access to structural components provided by Arqiva – such as sites, structures, buildings, power and antenna systems,” the regulator added.
The second mystery bidder has not made its plans public as yet.