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Thursday, 15th November 2007
Timetable for final round of local and national DAB digital radio multiplexes for 2008 announced

The media regulator Ofcom has revised the timetable for the current round of DAB digital multiplex licences. Typically, it takes around a year-and-a-half between the date of the licence advertisement and the actual launch date of the multiplex following the formal licence award.

November 07
Mid and West Wales

The area covered will be the counties of Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin, Ceredigion and Powys. Capacity on this multiplex will be reserved for BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

December 07
Surrey and northern parts of Sussex

The area covered will be the county of Surrey, the Rushmoor district and parts of the Hart and East Hampshire districts of Hampshire, the Crawley district of West Sussex, parts of the Chichester district of West Sussex, the parts of the Horsham and Mid Sussex districts of West Sussex that are not currently covered by the existing Sussex Coast multiplex, and the parts of the Lewes and Wealden districts of East Sussex that are not currently covered by the the existing Sussex Coast multiplex. Capacity on this multiplex will be reserved for BBC Southern Counties Radio.

January 08
Somerset

The area covered will be the county of Somerset. Capacity on this multiplex will be reserved for BBC Somerset Sound.

February 08
North Wales

The area covered will be the counties of Gwynedd, Anglesey/Sir Ynys Mon, Conwy and most of Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, but the achievable coverage of this licence may be significantly constrained until June 2015 at the latest under the terms of international spectrum agreements (i.e. with Ireland). Capacity on this multiplex will be reserved for BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

Typically, up to ten radio stations, comprising of existing services on FM and new digital-only stations, will be available at time of launch of each new DAB digital radio multiplex. Interested parties will be invited to submit applications to Ofcom, who will award licences following the application process.


                           

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