Ofcom requires the UK’s DAB digital radio broadcasters to comply with certain technical rules which establish a common minimum set of technical standards for the way that DAB signals are transmitted. We are proposing to revise some aspects of these technical rules, to ensure they remain appropriate and proportionate.
The main aim of these rules is to ensure that the signals carrying different groups of radio stations do not conflict or interfere with one another, and to establish common minimum standards for listeners’ experience of the DAB radio.
We are also starting to think about the needs of the forthcoming ‘small scale DAB’ services: small scale DAB is a new ‘tier’ of DAB radio services which Ofcom is expecting to begin licensing on a permanent basis during 2019/2020. The changes we are proposing in this consultation are equally applicable to further roll-out of the local or national multiplexes that may wish to deploy smaller transmitters than previously to fill areas of coverage deficiency.
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