Expressions of interest in small-scale DAB

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

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

Ofcom’s update contains 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 expressions of interest will help Ofcom to plan the spectrum for small-scale DAB by indicating the pattern of likely demand.

Ofcom will consult on the detailed implementation of the small-scale DAB licensing framework and a spectrum plan in 2019 after the Government has put the necessary secondary legislation before Parliament.