LONDON � Listeners in Wolverhampton and Shropshire will soon be able to listen to new stations because of the (nearly finished) expansion of the DAB system in the UK.
Four new DAB mux transmitters have been brought online over the past 18 month,s and a final transmitter will launch in Market Drayton in the coming weeks. The five transmitters will add 650,000 potential listeners to the county�s local radio stations in Wolverhampton and Shropshire, expanding coverage to 92% of households from 53%, according to Shropshirelive.com. Digital radio listeners in the south of the county are still unable to listen to local radio stations on the DAB platform; it is hoped further transmitters will added in future.
Wolverhampton and Shropshire�s five new digital transmitters are part a program of work co-funded by the government, BBC and commercial multiplex operators to expand coverage of local DAB stations from 75% to 90% of UK households, essentially matching FM coverage for commercial radio. Over 200 local DAB transmitters have been built nationwide and the local DAB expansion program is largely complete with the last remaining few transmitters expected to be turned up summer. �In total, an additional 10 million adults and over 4,000 miles of the UK road network have been added to the digital radio coverage areas for local DAB stations.