Ringtone.net was started in 1998 by Andy Clarke whilst working for Orange PCS Ltd in the UK. Andy has worked in the Telecoms industry for 33 years. Working for BT from 1982 to 1993 as an engineer, then starting AK Mobile Communications in Gloucester which he sold in 1997. Finally he joined Orange in 1997 and progressed to Test Manager for WAP and Multimedia Services where he tested the very first Orange WAP call. He left Orange in June 2001 to concentrate on ringtone.net.

In October 1998 Andy appeared in the Daily Star and on numerous TV programmes. He was advised by Orange and also Planet 24 (Big Breakfast) to contact the MCPS regarding copyright issues. He contacted the MCPS and enquired about setting up a ringtone scheme however was told that clearance for each ringtone would be required thus making the scheme unmanageable. He persevered and supplied technical information to both Chris Yeadon and Rob Hanley of the MCPS and also a list of 10 ringtones that he thought would be popular.

The scheme was launched later in 1999 and has proved to be a huge success. Andy's ringtones quickly became famous and his first creations, Mission Impossible and The Simpson's gained much interest and have been copied the world over. The domain ringtone.net was registered in March 1999 and was the first UK ringtone delivery site and the second ringtone related domain name to be registered in the world. The first ringtone domain only showed a holding page in March 1999 so really ringtone.net was the worlds first ringtone delivery site. Click
here to see the ringtone.net archives and here for "pre" ringtone.net days.

In July 2004 we decided to shutdown the site due to increased number of publishers who were not allowing their works to be used as ringtones.  Hindsight is a great thing and if I had realised this mobile craze would be so big I would have never put all of my content on the web for free. Most of the Worldwide cellular operators were selling my rendition of the Simpsons and Mission Impossible.

Ringtone.net now specialises in Technology  Project Delivery and has interests in Voice Acting & Acting along. Ringtone.net also owns and operates severnfm internet radio at severnfm.com & severnfm.com/mobile (@severnfm) under a registered trademark with the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Small Scale DAB
Ofcom operated a SmallScale DAB Trial in Brighton, UK between September 2012 and January 2013. This got our attention as our attempts to join the then proposed new Multiplex to cover Gloucestershire, failed due to the model not being appropriate for our business (high costs and the large coverage area). We visited Ofcom's  Radio Monitoring Station in Baldock in November 2014 and were very impressed with what their Engineering Team had achieved with Software Defined Radio (SDR). We believed this was something Ringtone.net Ltd could operate due to the expertise we have built over the past decade in delivery large technical programmes of work.  We responded to the consultation that Ofcom produced (here) and started to plan how we could be involved.

We purchased test equipment (Hack RFs, low powered PCs, Dell Servers etc) and became involved with the Open Digital Radio mmbTools forum and started to get involved. In March 2015 we produced our first 'static file" ETI Ensemble and transmitted it in a Faraday Cage to a radio receiver (under Suppressed Radiation Conditions). It wasn't long before we had a full end to end DAB transmission chain in place with 3 'Programmes' (Radio Stations) included in the Mux (Multiplex). The Faraday Cage was a bit cumbersome to work with, so we have moved to using a direct very low power connection between our SDR peripheral and a software based DAB receiver running on a PC.
We have applied to become a Small Scale DAB Trial Licence holder and hope we can use our SDR mmbTools experience to support the trial and possibly other trialists, if successful.

We will shortly being uploading our video showing a working end to end solution however here are  a few photos to date of what we have achieved in our Faraday Cage:

radio list DAB  radio caroline shortname DAB  station list DAB  severn fm shortname DAB 
Severn FM 'shortname' with DLS  text
shown on a Pure Evoke Flow DAB
 Radio.
The infamous Radio Caroline 'shortname'
 without  DLS  shown on an Aves Neon DAB Radio.
3 live Programmes in our Mux shown in
stations list on an Aves Neon DAB Radio.
Severn FM 'shortname' without DLS  text shown on a Pure Evoke Flow DAB Radio. 

 



I know I didn't invent it as some of the TV news items state, but I was definately there at the beginning pioneering days!!

Big Breakfast Video 29th October 1998
© 1998, Planet 24. All rights reserved.
BBC West Interview Video 26th October 1998
Video © 1998, BBC TV. All rights reserved.
Central News Interview Video 26th October 1998.  © 1998, CARLTON. All rights reserved.
Streetwise. 1998
© 1998, Meridian (ITV). All rights reserved.

What's The Story 23rd Feb 1999.© 1999, Channel 5 Ltd. All rights reserved.
Clare English's BBC Radio Scotland interview with Andy Clarke on Radio Cafe
29th March  2006
© BBC 2006
All rights reserved.

Gail Porter was so impressed with our ringtones she recorded Andy Clarke's voicemail for him.

Canada's CBC Radio 1 interview with Andy Clarke and CBC's Alan Neal. 
29th May 2002
© CBC 2002
All rights reserved.

John Rockley's Morning Show. January 2008
© 2008, BBC

daily-telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Article by Alice Audley. 16th January 2015. © Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited. All rights reserved.


The Citizen Article 20th December 2002.
© 2002, Gloucestershire Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.
 

The Citizen Article 22nd April 2002.
© 2002, Gloucestershire Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.
 
The Citizen Article 16th July 2004.
© 2004, Gloucestershire Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.
 

Mobile News 27th May 2002
Reproduced by kind permission of Ian White, CWP Ltd  All rights reserved.
Daily Star 2
Daily Star Article 25th March 2002.
© 2002, Express Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.
Daily Star
Daily Star Article 27th October 1998.
© 1998, Express Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.

BBC Online NEWS Article.

The Citizen Articles 1998.
 © 1998, Gloucestershire Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.

Big Breakfast
Big Breakfast Stills 29th October 1998
© 1998, Planet 24. All rights reserved.


Western Daily Press Article 26th October 1998.© 1998, Western Daily Press Ltd. All rights reserved.
 

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