This document summarises the updates and amendments that Ofcom intends to make to the Broadcast Digital Radio Technical Code and Guidance. These changes follow our consultation that was published on 11 April 2014.
In our consultation, Ofcom made a number of proposals for amending the technical documents. We set out the points made by respondents to each of them, together with our response to any alternative proposals or related points.
One of Ofcom's aims is to regulate only where necessary. The Technical Code and associated documents are in place to ensure that licensed services achieve at least a minimum standard of technical quality, do not cause interference to other licensed services and seek to ensure interoperability with other services and receivers. In updating the Code and Guidance, we have taken account of technical developments and industry practices since our last review in 2006 and taken steps to deregulate where it is appropriate to do so.
The revision of the Code and Guidance is particularly appropriate as we are publishing the advertisement for the new national DAB multiplex on the same day as this Statement.
The revised Code and associated documents will provide clarity and certainty for applicants for the new national DAB licence. Some of the licence obligations also comprise assessment criteria against which proposals from applicants for the new national licence will be judged. They will also provide clarity and certainty for other existing operators and any potential future entrants to the market.