Foundation category 1 and 2 digital radio multiplex transmitter licensees can't begin transmitting until the start-up day. Licensees in these categories must also always transmit a digital commercial or community radio broadcasting service.
Foundation category 3 licensees (for ABC and SBS radio services) can begin anytime after the licence has been issued.
Licensees can conduct test transmissions for at least 7 days under the Broadcasting Services (Technical Planning) Guidelines 2017.
We will accept a period of up to 2 weeks of testing, and recommend licences come into effect 1 to 2 weeks before the digital radio start-up day.