Ofcom opens up applications for small-scale DAB multiplex licences

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Ofcom has today started advertising the first 25 small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences – offering a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music stations to take to the digital airwaves.

Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology that will expand local digital radio coverage and ensure listeners will be able to tune into a wide range of radio services across the UK.

In April this year, Ofcom set out how it will license ‘small-scale DAB’. Today’s initial round of 25 licence areas are spread across the UK, and include several areas where small-scale DAB multiplexes have already been operating on a trial basis.

Ofcom said it was also inviting applications for new Community Digital Sound Programme licences from groups wishing to broadcast community radio services in these small-scale multiplex areas.

The second round of multiplex licences will be advertised next year and will cover areas in north west England and north east Wales.

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