DAB Radio and multiplexing services in South East Wales
The South East Wales multiplex covers the cities of Cardiff and Newport and surrounding areas, a population coverage of over 1.3m...
- Now Digital
Digital Multiplex details
|Multiplex licence name:||South East Wales|
31 October 2000
|Multiplex licensed until:||30 October 2024|
|Estimate population covered1:||1,367,803|
|Transmitter sites:||Aberdare, Abertillery, Abergavenny, Cefn Eglwysilan, Christchurch, Heolgerrig, Ebbw Vale, Mendip, Mynydd Machen, Pontyllanfriath, Pontypool, Rhondda A, Rhymney, St Hilary, Wenvoe|
|Digital share of listening2:||38.5%|
|DAB digital radio in home2:||57.0%|
1 Figure derived from: Ofcom indoor coverage 80% locations normal propagation, estimated households covered multiplied by 2.3 people per average UK household to derive a population figure
2 Source: Ofcom - The Communications Market: Digital Radio Report, November 2016, Annex 1, Cardiff
DAB radio transmitter coverage
South East Wales multiplex coverage map - this map shows our prediction of coverage on an indoor portable DAB receiver for the South East Wales multiplex.
Coverage is measured by spectrum planners in several different ways. A range of factors will affect reception including the transmitter power & antenna, local geography, the sensitivity of the listener’s radio, the type of home (bungalow, basement flat, steel framed building) and even weather conditions. This complexity is reflected in coverage models and maps. One map doesn’t tell the whole story. This Ofcom document includes several maps for this multiplex and explains why different parameters have been used.
These transmitters form a network, with all services on the multiplex broadcast to the entire coverage area; for technical reasons it is not possible to broadcast to just one part of the area or from one specific transmitter.
Now Digital currently broadcasts the following audio services:
|Capital||Contemporary||Existing local station|
|Smooth||Easy listening||Digital only|
|Nation Radio||Pop||Existing local station|
|Dragon Radio||Gold||Digital only|
|Bridge FM||Contemporary||Existing local station|
|BBC Radio Wales||Welsh interest||Existing national station|
|BBC Radio Cymru||Welsh language||Existing national station|
|Hits Radio||Contemporary||Digital only|
There is currently capacity available on this multiplex for at least one further mono or stereo audio service.
National BBC and commercial DAB digital radio services may also be received in the area. For further details, see more information page. Or use the Postcode Checker to see which stations should be available.