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Ofcom invites new applicants for small-scale DAB

Ofcom is today inviting expressions of interest from parties wishing to operate a small-scale DAB multiplex, and from radio stations wishing to broadcast on these in the future.

Small-scale DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) is an innovative technology designed to allow local stations to achieve affordable transmission on digital radio.

Approximately seventy local radio stations across the UK are currently broadcasting on small-scale DAB as part of an Ofcom trial. The purpose of the trial is to gather information to inform a new, formal framework for licensing small-scale DAB multiplexes, which is currently in development.

In preparation for the new licensing framework, Ofcom is seeking to understand the level of demand among multiplex operators and radio stations to help us plan how best to allocate available airwaves to support future small-scale DAB services.

The closing date for the submission of expressions of interest is 17:00 on 21st September 2018.