Licensing small-scale DAB consultation – how should Ofcom exercise its new powers and duties being proposed by Government?

Small-scale DAB is a new way of transmitting digital radio that uses advances in software and low-cost computer technology to provide a flexible and inexpensive approach to the terrestrial broadcast of digital radio services to a relatively small geographic area.

In the UK, the concept was first tested by Ofcom engineer Rashid Mustapha in 2012 and, subsequently, the Government funded a series of trials, licensed and facilitated by Ofcom, to test the feasibility of the technology. The trials demonstrated that small-scale DAB can provide a robust and reliable means for small analogue stations to broadcast on digital, as well as for entrants wishing to launch new radio services on a digital terrestrial platform.

Consultation deadline: 4th October

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