Nothing for the Thames Valley yet!
On 24 February 2015, we published an Invitation to Apply for trial small scale DAB multiplex licences; ten such licences were being made available. By the closing date of 7 April 2015, we had received 51 applications. Of those applications, six did not meet the minimum criteria to be eligible for award of a trial multiplex licence, primarily because the proposed multiplex did not include at least two programme services from different providers.
Ofcom is delighted at the level of interest shown in small-scale DAB, as evidenced by the large number of applications submitted, and we are pleased to have been able to award all of the ten licences available. However, we are not able to license more than ten trial multiplexes within the resources currently available. The ten successful applicants, including the programme services proposed by each, are as follows.Type 1 single transmitter trial:
Angel Radio (Portsmouth)
Triple HitsBFBS Aldershot (Aldershot)
Radio Frimley Park
The BreezeBrighton & Hove Radio (Brighton & Hove)
Brighton City Student RadioCelador Radio (Bristol)
Somer Valley Radio
BFBS RadioFuture Digital Norfolk (Norwich)
The Music Machine
Future PlusNiocast Digital (Manchester)
Manchester Business Radio
The Steve Penk Wind-Up Channel
Switch Radio (Birmingham)
Type 2 single frequency network trial:Scrimshaws Information Directories (Glasgow)
Celtic Music Radio
Go RadioU.DAB (Greater London)
London Greek Radio
Type 3 on channel repeater trial:UKRD (Cambridge)
Cambridge 105Each application was considered in relation to our published assessment criteria; taken as a whole, we considered that the applications listed above demonstrated that the successful applicants were best able and most likely to successfully carry out the trial and provided the best documentary evidence, having regard in particular to the objectives of the trials.
In particular, two of our assessment criteria were the extent to which applicants could demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate costs toinstall and operate a trial small-scale DAB multiplex, and whether they could demonstrate that they would have access to a suitable transmission site. The applicants listed above were selected in part because of the level of technical competence and experience they displayed in their applications, and because they all addressed these two criteria to Ofcom’s satisfaction.
We also indicated that we would favour applicants who proposed to carry programme services from providers of different size and scale within the multiplex, and that one of the key objectives of the trials is to test how well the available technology lends itself to several parties coordinating their services into the multiplex. Each of the applicants we have chosen to take part in the trial proposes to carry at least four programme services, and in particular a mix of commercial and community radio services from a range of different providers.
Finally, each of the applicants we have selected also demonstrated evidence that they will be able to establish their trial multiplex service within the required twelve-week timeframe, if not sooner.
The trial multiplex licences will be granted for a period of nine months, and as indicated above each successful applicant has 12 weeks from the date of award to launch their multiplex service. Given the large number of eligible applications we received, should any successful applicant fail to launch within this period, Ofcom will endeavour to award a licence to a suitable replacement applicant as soon as possible.
The trial licences will include conditions requiring provision of the programme services proposed by each applicant; services can only be added or removed from the multiplex with Ofcom’s permission.http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/radio/digital/small-scale-trial-multiplex-licensing/trial_awards_statement.pdf (12 June)—– Original Message —–
From: ‘Alan Pennington’ alan.pennington1@… [bdxc-news]
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:16 PM
Subject: [BDXC-UK] Ofcom receives 51 small scale DAB trial applications
Ofcom has published 51 applications received for trials of a new approach that could provide small radio stations across the UK with an affordable way to broadcast on DAB digital radio. [list at: http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radio-broadcast-licensing/digital-radio/small-scale-trial-multiplex-licensing/applicants/?utm_source=updates&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dab-applications-apr15 ]
Known as small scale DAB, the new approach is best suited for broadcasting to a small geographic area, ideal for community and local radio stations.
Ofcom intends to license up to ten trials of small scale DAB to help inform Ofcoms work on identifying suitable frequencies for broadcasting smaller digital stations and how these services could be licensed.
Small scale DAB is cheaper than current systems because it is uses software freely available from opendigitalradio.org rather than relying on often expensive hardware equipment.
If the trials are successful, UK radio listeners could benefit from more local and community radio stations on DAB.
A press release announcing the trials is available on Ofcom’s website [at http://media.ofcom.org.uk/news/2015/small-scale-dabradio/?utm_source=updates&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dab-applications-apr15 ]
[ Ofcom 16 April 2015]