U.K.''s Ofcom Proposes Small-Scale DAB Tests

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U.K.''s Ofcom Proposes Small-Scale DAB Tests

Nov 5, 2014 9:59 AM, Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

LONDON�The U.K. Office of Communications (�Ofcom'') is soliciting comments over a proposed trial of �small-scale DAB,'' the aim of which is to provide small commercial and community radio stations with a low-cost means to transmit via DAB digital radio.

Many smaller broadcasters in the U.K. have avoided DAB due to the cost, according to a516digital.com. Ofcom is proposing low-cost, small scale trials, to see if smaller stations can be persuaded to take part in the new technology.

Ofcom has previously conducted a trial of a small-scale DAB service in Brighton between September of 2012 and January of 2013. Commenting on the Brighton trial, Ofcom said "the trial successfully demonstrated an alternative approach to DAB broadcasting, relying on �software defined'' techniques where software running on low-cost and readily-available computer equipment is used instead of using bespoke broadcasting equipment or �hardware''. Although the equipment used in Brighton was very much in prototype form, it served to prove that the concept of much lower cost DAB transmission is feasible, and this could potentially offer a path to the DAB platform for smaller stations."

Ofcom will be holding a technical demonstration at Baldock in Hertfordshire on the 13th November.