Ofcom announces small-scale DAB round five licence areas

London and the South East of England will constitute the fifth round of small-scale radio multiplex licensing.

Round five will see 32 licences offered which Ofcom plans to advertise in 2023.

Applications are also now open for Round Four, covering areas from East Fife in Scotland to the Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland, and from Anglesey in Wales to Wolverhampton in England.

Ofcom had previously indicated that the earliest it would be likely to be able to advertise multiplex licences for areas in London and the South East of England ‘macro area’ would be in the fourth round of small-scale DAB licensing.

This is because awarding licences in that region is contingent on international agreements regarding spectrum coordination in that part of the UK.

Here are the areas for Round Five:

  • Alton, Petersfield & Haslemere
  • Ashford & Dungeness
  • Biggleswade & North Hertford
  • Brighton
  • Canterbury
  • Central Suffolk
  • Chelmsford
  • Colchester & Clacton
  • Eastbourne, Newhaven & Lewes
  • Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft
  • Guildford & Woking
  • Harlow
  • Hastings
  • Haverhill
  • Haywards Heath & Uckfield
  • Ipswich & Felixstowe
  • Luton
  • Maidstone, Tonbridge & Tunbridge
  • Margate, Dover & Folkestone
  • North East London & South West Essex
  • North London
  • North Sussex & Reigate
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • South East London & North East Kent
  • Sittingbourne & the Medway Towns
  • South Buckinghamshire
  • South Hertfordshire
  • South London
  • South West Sussex
  • Southend
  • West London