Latvia

Last update: 10-08-2017 - older versions

There are ongoing consultations within the radio industry in Latvia about possible future deployment of DAB+.
Network operator LVRTC started a technical DAB+ trial December 2016 with the The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP). The transmissions are on  Block 12D and currently cover 60% of the population of Latvia. The trial is free of charge for radio stations participating (LVRTC work with LR and also commercial radio). Latvian Radio, with six simulcast radio stations and five internet radio stations, will be the first customers. Commercial radio stations can be on the trial from 2017. The multiplex has capacity for 16 radio stations.

Initial line up of multiplex:

LR-1
LR-2
LR-3
LR-4
LR-5
LR-6 NABA
LR-5 Atklajumi
LR-5 Hiti
LR-5 Riti
LR-5 Koncerti
LR-5 Latviesi

The trials will take place over a one-year period before LVRTC may start regular DAB+ transmissions in Riga. 

Sporadic DAB+ test broadcasts are also on air on channel 13B as broadcasters are testing equipment.

The Ministry of Transportation sent enquiry letters to all communications companies asking about DAB digital radio implementation in Latvia. Replies were due on 29 February, 2016. A meeting with the NEPLP, ECO and LVRTC to discuss whether commercial radio will join the trial local multiplex in Riga this Autumn is scheduled  the commening 14 August 2017.

 

Last update: 01-03-2017 - older versions

DAB+ trial transmissions currently cover 60% of the population and 40% of roads (90km). LVRTC plan to inrease the power to 1.5 kw in mid of February 2017.

ECO coverage map and frequency details

In this country there is

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Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 6 5 11

Last update: 01-03-2017 - older versions

Some Nissan, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Skoda car models available in Latvia come with DAB+ radio as an option.

Last update: 10-07-2015

Advertisements for digital radios can be seen electronic shops in Riga.

Last update: 09-07-2015

Electronic Communications Office - VAS Elektroniskie sakari

The Joint Stock Company “Electronic Communications Office” administers the radio frequency spectrum and numbering, plans the technical utilisation of the radio frequency spectrum, determines assignments, provides electromagnetic compatibility and allocates identification signals for the operation of the radio equipment. The company is responsible for the provision of numbering services. The responsibility of the “Electronic Communications Office” includes technical expertises of technical projects for the installation of electronic communications networks and the co-ordination of construction projects. In order to optimise the Company’s resources, the role of regional offices in supervision and control functions has been enforced.

The licensor of the radio licenses is The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP). The NEPLP is an independent, autonomous institution that represents the public interest in the field of electronic mass media. The Council supervises the compliance of the operations of electronic mass media with the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, Electronic mass media law and other relevant legislation.

DAB+ starts in Latvia
27.02.2017 - Latvia - Latvia
DAB+ digital radio is now also spreading in Eastern Europe. In December 2016, the state-owned LVRTC radio station in Latvia started a DAB+ trial. The trial offers 18 DAB+ programmes.
From Reinhören:

Latvia expanded the coverage of DAB
27.02.2017 - Latvia - Latvia
The Latvian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Centre has announced the expansion of the DAB+ reception areas. At the beginning of the DAB+ trial in 2016 the DAB+ coverage zone covered a radius of 40 km around Riga. Now it has increased to 60 kilometers.
From Mediasat:

More headway for DAB+ in Eastern Europe
27.02.2017 - Latvia - Latvia
In December 2016, state-owned LVRTC in Latvia started testing DAB+, and anticipates making it a regular operation after one year. The mux ensemble has room for up to 18 radio programs, and LVRTC is active with 11 programs, including five exclusive digital programmes.
From Radio Magazine:

Latvia extends reach of its digital radio tests
22.02.2017 - Latvia - Latvia
Digital radio is on the move in Latvia, as the Latvian State Radio and Television Centre has announced that it is increasing the reception zone for its DAB+ trials. The transmission supplier originally placed the zone at 40 kilometers around Riga when the tests began in late 2016, but it has now been bumped up to 60 kilometers.
From Radio World:

Extended digital radio tests in Latvia
16.02.2017 - Latvia - Latvia
Latvian Radio began testing DAB+ in late 2016, they have now announced that the DAB+ trials will be extended to 60 kilometers around Riga, enabling even more listeners to tune in. The number of DAB+ programmes available has also grown from 6 to 11.
From TVNET.lv:

Digital radio update: DAB+ in Eastern Europe
16.02.2017 - Latvia - Latvia - Germany - Germany
DAB+ is spreading in Eastern Europe. In December 2016 in Latvia the state-owned radio broadcaster LVRTC started DAB+ tests. Latvia is the seventh Eastern European country in which digital terrestrial radio has been introduced. Ukraine may be the next country in eastern Europe to launch DAB+ tests.
From Radioszene:

Progress for DAB+ digital radio in Eastern Europe
15.02.2017 - Germany - Germany - Latvia - Latvia
DAB+ is spreading in Eastern Europe. In December 2016 in Latvia the state-owned radio broadcaster LVRTC started DAB+ tests. Latvia is the seventh Eastern European country in which digital terrestrial radio has been introduced. Ukraine may be the next country in eastern Europe to launch DAB+ tests.
From RadioWoche:

Latvia is testing DAB+ for one year
22.01.2017 - Latvia - Latvia
Latvia has been testing DAB + since 15 December 2016. In the capital Riga, a test Mux with programmes of the Latvian Rundfunk will take place for one year.
From Radio Woche:

DAB+ expansion continues across Europe
03.01.2017 - Germany - Germany - Latvia - Latvia - Netherlands - Netherlands
Updates from the Netherlands, Germany and Latvia on the expansion of DAB+. Reception of DAB+ for both commercial and public radio has recently seen a boost in the Utrecht, in the Netherlands. Media Broadcast has completed their plans to cover Germany as best they can, using 110 different mux transmitters. Whilst Latvia officially launched DAB+ testing in December 2016.
From Radio Magazine:

Latvia launches DAB+ network
15.12.2016 - Latvia - Latvia
Testing is being implemented by Latvian State Radio and Television Centre (hereinafter - the Centre) in collaboration with VAS Latvian Radio. The purpose of testing is to find DAB + suitability for the Latvian market and will last until next November.
From nra.lv:

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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 2.0 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 60%
Services: 11 DAB+
Last update: 23.02.2017

Useful Links

The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP)
www.radiomerkurs.lv/
Electronic Communications Office - VAS Elektroniskie sakari