Apply for a small-scale DAB licence

Published: 14 February 2023

Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology which provides a low-cost route for local commercial, community and specialist music services to broadcast on terrestrial digital radio to a relatively small geographical area.

A number of small-scale DAB multiplexes have been running on a trial basis over the past five years, but Ofcom is now advertising non-trial small-scale radio multiplex licences. Radio stations wishing to broadcast their service via a small-scale DAB multiplex need to apply at the appropriate time for either a Digital Sound Programme (’DSP’) licence or a new Community Digital Sound Programme (‘C-DSP’) licence.

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