MuxCo Somerset


MuxCo (Somerset)
Licensed area Somerset
Frequency 10D (215.072 MHz)
Air date Yet to Launch (Delayed)
Owner Consortium
Website www.muxco.com

MuxCo (Somerset), is the name of the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) multiplex operator for the county of Somerset, England.

It is a consortium made up of three companies - UKRD, the Local Radio Company and National Grid Wireless all owning a third share. However, it is effectively now just two companies who own the licence as the Local Radio Company is now a subsidiary company of UKRD.

The DAB licence was advertised by Ofcom on January 23, 2008.[1] At the close on April 23, 2008, the regulator had received only one application, from MuxCo (Somerset). They had to wait until May 21, 2008, before they were confirmed as having won the licence.[2]

Only two transmitters are confirmed as carrying the platform initially; Mendip, and Taunton. As required, the local BBC service, BBC Somerset, has to be carried on this platform.

Services expected to be on the platform

[3] (Adjusted to reflect the way UK radio is now)

Service Service Type Signal Bit-Rate NOTES
BBC Somerset BBC Local service Joint Stereo 128 kbit/s Also on FM - 95.5 & AM - 1566
Heart West Country Chart Music Joint Stereo 112 kbit/s Also on FM - 96.5 (Taunton), 97.1 Yeovil & 102.6 (Glastonbury)
Star Radio North Somerset Full Local Service Joint Stereo 112 kbit/s Also on 107.7 FM.
Quay West Radio Local Full Service mono 96 kbit/s Currently Off-Air — Was on 100.8/102.4/107.4 FM
Easy Radio Easy Listening Music mono 96 kbit/s Provided by London Media Company (Sunrise)
Mid West Radio Full Local Service Joint Stereo 112 kbit/s Also on FM - 105.6 (Yeovil) & 106.6 (Ilminster & Chard)
Traffic Radio Travel Reports mono 48 kbit/s Travel Service
UCB UK Religious mono 96 kbit/s Currently on Digital One.
Podcast Service various mono 16-80 kbit/s Depending on service.

Transmitter sites

These are the only confirmed transmitter sites at present:[4]

Transmitter KW AREA
Mendip  ? Depending on signal strength.
Taunton  ? Depending on signal strength

References


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