We are currently looking at an end-August launch although BT main spine distribution delays could impact on this.
The multiplexing software/hardware is scheduled to be commissioned on the 12th August, and the transmission hardware & electrical installation at transmitter sites scheduled for dates in August for all three launch transmitters (Preseli, Carmel & Kilvey Hill). Service provider connectivity is scheduled for early August.
The largest obstacle at the moment is that currently all distribution work by BT is on hold because of serious BT issues with ducts. Work is planned for the 17th July which may rectify this. This affects new feeds to the transmitters and in some instances to services too, and although our transmission subcontractor has arranged that commissioning can be undertaken regardless, until this is resolved we won’t have a firm launch date.