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Digital One confirms Northern Ireland expansion from late summer

Digital One, the Arqiva-owned operator of the national commercial digital radio multiplex, has published a statement on its forthcoming plans for Northern Ireland, confirming that extra digital radio stations will be rolled out in Northern Ireland during "late summer".

According to Digital One's statement, the transmitter switch on will bring national commercial digital radio to 74% of the population of Northern Ireland. The network will provide coverage for 1.3 million people from six transmitters: Divis, Carnmoney Hill, Derry/Londonderry, Brougher Mountain, Strabane and Limavady.

Until now, Digital One had been prevented from expanding its coverage into Northern Ireland due to a lack of regulated spectrum. Now Ofcom has approved the request the transmitter build programme can begin.

Glyn Jones, General Manager Digital Radio Platforms said: "Since the Digital One network first launched back in 1999 it seemed strange that Northern Ireland wasn’t part of its regulated coverage area. We felt Northern Ireland residents should have access to the same national services as listeners in England, Scotland and Wales. We’re pleased to be in a position where we can now extend our service and remove this inequality. There are some fantastic stations on our network and we’re sure they’ll be well received by local listeners."

Earlier this month, a516digital reported how all but two of the stations on the national digital multiplex will be in mono from next month following the impending launch of new digital station TeamRock.

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