Read this: Local DAB radio coverage expansion complete – RadioToday
Summary: The launch of the two new transmitters completes the transformative initiative to expand the UK's local DAB transmission network towards FM equivalence, which was announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in 2015 and jointly funded by the DCMS, BBC and local DAB multiplex operators. The programme of work, which was delivered by Arqiva, has doubled the local DAB network, with new transmitters or modifications to 221 local DAB sites, boosting local DAB coverage from 72 to more than 90 of UK households. - radiotoday.co.ukRead full article: Local DAB radio coverage expansion compl…
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It's doubtful whether the radio industry will ever invoke 'step 2' of the local DAB expansion plan to Cumbria (requiring 13 transmitters), Dumfries & Galloway (requiring 8 transmitters to serve less than 150,000 people), not to mention the highlands and islands of Scotland!
With 4G and the advent of better 5G to carry all types of services, why rely on a sound only DAB digital radio platform for rural service delivery?
Why not swap the BBC National DAB frequency block in exchange for Digital One's two frequency blocks! Run a separate frequency for BBC National DAB over Scotland and convert (initially) BBC Radio 3, BBC Asian Network and BBC World Service to DAB+, allowing space and real national carriage for the two BBC Scottish regional services!
Time for the BBC to challenge "conventional thinking" on how to deliver digital radio services..
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