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Cambridge DAB trial is live

The small-scale trial DAB multiplex for the city of Cambridge has been officially switched on today following several weeks of tests. 

Operator UKRD Group says it is looking forward to “thoroughly testing” how effective this new initiative is, which is part of a trial administered by Ofcom in 10 locations across the UK.

The Cambridge multiplex launches with five services being broadcast including UKRD’s local station, Star Radio. It is found on VHF Block 7D and broadcast from two transmission sites within Cambridge to trial a small-scale single frequency network using the new technology.

UKRD Chief Executive William Rogers said:
“We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to test this new type of DAB multiplex and it’ll be interesting to see how everything functions and operates.
“Clearly it’s far too early to get any sense as to whether this represents a solution to the many serious issues facing smaller local commercial stations resulting from this whole DAB project but we hope this initiative may start to address some of them and potentially assist in gaining an insight into the options open to operators such as ourselves,” said Rogers.

Small-scale DAB provides a potential cheaper option to distribute local stations on the terrestrial digital radio platform, using a software based solution and smaller coverage area, saving the need to buy slots on existing county-wide DAB multiplexes.
Resources | Small Scale DAB multiplexes and stations


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