DAB+ test transmissions going under the name of “Brighton Experimental” along with seagull noises and chilled out music are now on-air.
The service, operated by the Office of Communications appears to be two DAB+ channels from Sussex Heights with a loop of announcements on each one titled BEX6 and BEX7.
The streams are at 88.0kBit/s and are thought to be operated by a local Ofcom engineer and are given a subtitle of DABv2 and DABv2KMx. It is thought they will be on-air till February 4th 2013.
The on-air announcement says: “This is Brighton Experimental; a transmission licensed by the Office of Communications for the testing of new developments in digital radio technology. For any enquiries about this transmission, please call 0207 783 4021″
Ofcom has not announced any plans for DAB+, which is an upgraded version of the currently supported DAB transmission platform.
(Source : Radio Today, UK)