Arqiva Announces Significant Expansion of Sound Digital DAB Radio Network

Arqiva, the leading UK communications infrastructure company, has today announced a new agreement which will see the reach of Sound Digital’s commercial DAB multiplex in the UK expand by nearly 4 million people.

The agreement with Sound Digital will see Arqiva add 19 new transmitters to the existing network. This will increase Sound Digital’s household coverage by over 1.6m new households in areas such as Devon, Cornwall, South Wales, North East Scotland, East Anglia and Kent.

Sound Digital, the second national commercial DAB multiplex, currently carries 19 radio stations on its network, including Mellow Magic, Virgin Radio, Forces Radio, Sunrise Radio and Jack 3. It is the first national multiplex in the UK to use DAB+ technology for some of its services.

“This agreement to expand the reach of Sound Digital is further evidence of the continued success of DAB radio in the UK, and the fact that more and more people are making it their digital radio platform of choice.

“This week’s RAJAR figures are widely expected to show that for the first time ever, the majority of radio listening is through digital means and within that, DAB is by far the largest contributor.

“We are delighted to be bringing Sound Digital’s diverse range of content to almost 4 million new listeners for the first time.”

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About Arqiva
Arqiva is a leading UK communications infrastructure and media services provider dedicated to connecting people wherever they are through the delivery of TV, radio, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT). We are an independent provider of telecom towers, with circa 8,000 active sites across Great Britain, and are also the only supplier of national terrestrial television and radio broadcasting services in the UK. Our advanced networks support the exponential growth of connected devices and the ever-increasing demand for data from smartphones to tablets, connected TVs, smart meters, cars and medical devices.

About Sound Digital:

Sound Digital is a joint venture company formed by Arqiva, Bauer & Wireless Group to bid for the second licence to operate a national commercial DAB multiplex licence in the United Kingdom. This licence was awarded by Ofcom in March 2015 following a competitive bid process. The multiplex launched in March 2016

Sound Digital combines two of the UK's leading commercial radio broadcasters with the UK's leading provider of broadcast transmission services. The consortium’s shared goal is to play a leading role in the development of digital radio.