Small-scale DAB trials to be extended
So far 85 smaller radio stations have benefited from the trials taking place in 10 locations across the UK.
Small-scale DAB uses technology that makes use of software freely available from the opendigitalradio.org website rather than relying on often expensive hardware equipment. That, plus the lower cost transmission costs: rather than running a network of transmitters covering a region or county, small-scale DAB covers individual towns and cities, means the service is much cheaper to run than traditional multiplexes.
Ofcom has confirmed it wants to extend the current nine-month trials by two years so that the regulator can monitor the longer-term performance of small-scale DAB while it develops a new licensing framework.