Insights Ofcom awards second wave of small-scale DAB multiplex licences

Small-scale DAB is an innovative technology that provides a low-cost way for local commercial, community and specialist music services to take to the digital airwaves. Ofcom has awarded small-scale DAB radio multiplex licences for four more areas in England and Scotland.

Following a competitive process, where each applicant was judged against specific criteria, multiplex licences have been awarded for the following areas:

  • Cambridge: licence awarded to Cambridge Digital Radio Limited;
  • Inverclyde: licence awarded to UK DAB Networks Limited;
  • Sheffield & Rotherham: licence awarded to Shefcast Digital Limited; and
  • Winchester: licence awarded to UKDAB Networks Limited.

Further licence awards for the remaining 16 areas that were advertised in Round One will be announced over the coming weeks. Round Two licence areas in the North West of England and North East Wales will be advertised on 1 June 2021. To read Ofcom’s announcement in full, click here.