Locations revealed for small-scale DAB demand

Ofcom has today published details of the responses to the call for expressions of interest for small-scale DAB locations.

Around 430 applications have been submitted covering approximately 313 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each application lists an unknown number of new or current radio stations to be carried on the multiplexes too.

The regulator has published three maps and tables showing the locations where parties have expressed interest in running either a small-scale DAB multiplex or radio service, or both.

The areas with the most expressions of interest to run minimuxes with additional services are Glasgow (8), Leeds and London West (6), Liverpool and London North (5) and Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, London East, London South and Southampton all with 4.

Other areas with three expressions of interest from multiplex operators and programme providers include Aberdeen, Andover, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Isle of Wight, Leicester, Maidstone, Manchester, Medway Towns, Middlesborough, Norwich, Nottingham, Peterborough, Reading, Wakefield and Warrington.

See the full tables and lists here.

The expressions of interest will help Ofcom plan the spectrum for small-scale DAB by indicating the pattern of likely demand. A consultation on the detailed implementation of the small-scale DAB licensing framework and a spectrum plan will be made next year, after the Government has put the necessary secondary legislation before Parliament.

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Join our WhatsApp messaging service

To receive WhatsApp messages from RadioToday with occasional news headlines and breaking news alerts, send a WhatsApp message starting with 'Yes' to 01612621004.

Then add the number to your phone contacts as 'RadioToday' for this service to work. This is a private list and your number won't be shared with other users or organisations.

Similar Stories
  1. Dave says

    I expect the small commershal stations will be lobbying hard to stop community stations running the new DAB multiplexes.

  2. Michael V says

    This is great. Bring on the SS-DAB [Small Scale DAB] Multiplexes There’s a few muxes who have embraced DAB+, like Solent, Manchester, London. Even London 3 mux had some dab+ services.

Leave A Nice Reply

Your email address will not be published.