The Government has no plans for regional pilot schemes. However, we are currently conducting a technical trial in South Wales to gauge the technical and consumer issues associated with the switchover process. This trial is not a blueprint for regional rollout but a vital part of the preparation for the national switchover.
The order in which regions will be switched off is not one for the Government: it will be based on technical criteria and agreed between broadcasters, multiplex operators and Ofcom.
Ofcom have issued a statement on the indicative regional order. This is available from the Ofcom website at: www.ofcom.org.uk.
The Government will confirm the timetable once all the remaining issues relating to digital switchover are resolved and we are satisfied that the interests of consumers, especially the most vulnerable, are well protected.