Croatia

Last update: 06.05.2022 - older versions

In February 2022, The Council for Electronic Media (VEM) awarded the first concessions for DAB+ digital radio in Croatia. The national concession was awarded to Nacional News Corporation and the concessions for northwestern Croatia and the City of Zagreb to Radio Tvornica and My Power Station. A call for expressions of interest in providing DAB services was published in April 2022.

Having obtained a licence for the management of a DAB+ digital radio network in Croatia on a public tender, OIV is continuing the DAB+ trial until the Croatian content regulator - Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) awards concessions for broadcasters, after which a commercial operation of the network will begin.

After conducting a public tender, the Croatian regulatory body HAKOM issued a licence for the management of a DAB+ digital radio network to network operator OiV. The licence was issued for the period 16 November 2021 - 31 December 2036.

Test broadcasting of DAB+ digital radio in Croatia started in November 2017. The Electronic Media Council chose 16 existing FM broadcasters to broadcast via DAB+. The radio stations chosen were:  Radio 808, Radio Kaj, Sjeverni FM, Radio Koprivnica, Radio Istra, Antena Radio, Radio Zabok, Narodni radio, Radio Dalmacija , GOLD FM, Radio Banovina, Enter Zagreb, Trend Radio, Radio Martin, Soundset Trsat and Radio 10.

In November 2019, network operator OIV and collaborating regulatory agencies decided to continue the ongoing DAB+ trial for a third year. Some existing services were switched, and public broadcaster HRT joined the trial. It was also decided also at that time to extend the network from five to eight sites.

Last update: 06.12.2021 - older versions

Following a network expansion and broadcasting channel changes that took place in November 2021, population coverage in Croatia now stands at approximately 90% for mobile / portable outdoor reception, and 56% for indoor reception.

Operational sites:

Sljeme, 10 kW ERP, channel 9C

Ucka, 8.1 kW ERP, channel 11D

Ivanscica, 1.3 kW ERP, channel 9C

Vidova Gora (Brac), 4.3 kW ERP, channel 11D

Belje "Duro Podboj", 5.6 kW ERP, channel 8C

Srd, 10 kW ERP, channel 11A

Ugljan – Mala Glava, 5 kW ERP, channel 10C

Psunj, 1.4 kW ERP, channel 8C

Celevac, 5.2 kW ERP, channel 10C

Biokovo, 1.9 kW ERP, channel 11D

Last update: 08.08.2022 - older versions

In this country there is

on air.

The multiplex can carry national or regional programmes (six regions are foreseen, just one is in use at the moment). Ensemble ID-s that are being used are CA01 (for programmes that are broadcast nationwide (HRT1, HR2, Nacional) and CA02 – for programmes that are broadcast in the north-west region (My Power Station, Radio Tvornica). 

Please note:

(a)    These web pages are updated regularly to reflect current services on air, however they may not be exactly up to date.

(b)    The logos shown on these pages are for illustrative purposes only – manufacturers and broadcasters are directed here for information on implementing station logos.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
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Last update: 20.10.2021 - older versions

Test broadcasting of DAB+ digital radio in Croatia started in November 2017. The Electronic Media Council chose 16 existing FM broadcasters to broadcast via DAB+. The radio stations chosen were:  Radio 808, Radio Kaj, Sjeverni FM, Radio Koprivnica, Radio Istra, Antena Radio, Radio Zabok, Narodni radio, Radio Dalmacija , GOLD FM, Radio Banovina, Enter Zagreb, Trend Radio, Radio Martin, Soundset Trsat and Radio 10.

In November 2019, network operator OIV and collaborating regulatory agencies decided to continue the ongoing DAB+ trial for a third year. Some existing services were switched, and public broadcaster HRT joined the trial. It was also decided also at that time to extend the network from five to eight sites.

Last update: 20.10.2021 - older versions

After conducting a public tender, the Croatian regulatory body HAKOM issued a licence for the management of a DAB+ digital radio network to OiV. The licence was issued for the period 16 November 2021 - 31 December 2036.

 

Mate Botica: "There are unlimited resources for digital radio and it may happen that FM begins to die"
07.08.2022 - OIV (Transmitters and Communications Ltd.) WorldDAB Member - Croatia Croatia
On the occasion of the launch of digital radio Nacional, the President of the Board of OIV (Transmitters and Communications Ltd.), Mate Botica, talks about DAB+ technology and how much it can change the media image of Croatia in the near future. "90.3 percent of the population of Croatia is currently covered by the DAB+ signal. All major cities are covered. The highways are covered by 76 percent, and after November 15, this will also improve because we will insert new transmitters into the network."

(Nacional) Read more


Radio Nacional: Croatia's first private national DAB+ radio
26.07.2022 - Croatia Croatia
From next Tuesday, August 2, Radio Nacional will start broadcasting on DAB+ and through the website of the weekly magazine Nacional. The new radio on the Croatian radio market has already assembled a core team of experienced radio presenters and technicians, who are best known to the public for their outstanding radio involvement from the time of the greatest popularity and influence of Zagreb Radio 101. Radio Nacional is the first private and commercial radio in the country with national DAB+ capacity.

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Paneda signs DAB systems frame agreement with the Croatian network operator OIV
10.03.2022 - Paneda WorldDAB Member - OIV (Transmitters and Communications Ltd.) WorldDAB Member - Croatia Croatia
OIV, (Transmitters and Communications Ltd.) the Croatian network provider of national strategic communications infrastructure, and Paneda have signed a long-term agreement for the rollout of DAB+ in Croatia.

(Paneda) Read more


First DAB+ concessions awarded in Croatia
09.02.2022 - Croatia Croatia
The Council for Electronic Media (VEM) has awarded the first concessions for DAB+ digital radio in Croatia. The national concession was awarded to Nacional News Corporation and the concessions for northwestern Croatia and the City of Zagreb to Radio Tvornica and My Power Station. Nacional News Corporation is one of the most influential political weeklies in Croatia and they have six months from signing the contract to start broadcasting.

(Direktno.hr) Read more


Over 90% of Croatian population with DAB+ signal
14.12.2021 - Croatia Croatia
In November 2021, the first phase of the DAB+ network construction was completed, with more than 90% of the population now within reach of a digital radio signal, while motorway coverage is 76%. In the second phase of network construction planned for November 2022, the planned population coverage will increase to 96.3%, and highway coverage will increase to 93%. A survey by OIV in cooperation with the Croatian Vehicle Centre of over 9,000 vehicles revealed that over 42% of the vehicles surveyed already have a DAB+ receiver.

(Slobodna Dalmacija) Read more


Croatia launches DAB+ licensing process
06.12.2021 - Agency for Electronic Media of Croatia WorldDAB Member - Croatia Croatia
The Croatian media regulator Agencija za Elektroničke Medije (AEM) announced on 2 December plans to consider applications for national DAB+ concessions, as well as local DAB+ concessions in Zagreb and nine counties. Applications for the 20-year concessions are due by end 2021. According to a report in the newspaper Glas Istre, AEM believes there is public interest in launching new digital radio services, especially in the Zagreb region.

(RadioWorld) Read more


Croatia awards DAB+ licence to OiV
14.10.2021 - OIV (Transmitters and Communications Ltd.) WorldDAB Member - Croatia Croatia
After conducting a public tender procedure, the Croatian Network Regulatory Agency (HAKOM) issued a license for the management of a DAB+ digital radio network to Odasiljaci i Veze (OiV). The licence was issued for the period from 16 November 2021 to 31 December 2036.

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Croatia regulator launches tender for DAB+ network
26.07.2021 - Croatia Croatia
Croatia's telecoms regulator HAKOM has launched a public tender for the provision of a DAB+ digital radio transmitter network management service. At its meeting held on 22 July HAKOM adopted a decision to announce the tender for the issuance of an individual licence for the use of radio frequency spectrum for the provision of digital radio network management services, for MUX 1. The deadline for applications is 10 September, and HAKOM will take a decision by 11 October.

(HAKOM) Read more


A large number of cars with a DAB+ receiver are already driving in Croatia
19.07.2021 - OIV (Transmitters and Communications Ltd.) WorldDAB Member - Croatia Croatia
A survey by the public company Transmitters and Communications (OiV) and the Croatian Vehicle Center (CVH) showed that there is already a large share of vehicles with a digital DAB + receiver among newer generation vehicles, as much as 30.4%.

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Croatia expands DAB+ network, extends trials
19.05.2020 - Croatia Croatia
There are currently 12 stations broadcasting on DAB+ as part of the extended trial, with outdoor coverage standing at 88% and indoor reception at 53%. Commenting on the continuous development of DAB+ in Croatia, OIV CEO Mate Botica said “OIV sees DAB+ as the main future platform for radio. Our goal is to build a quality future-proof network and to start commercial services as soon as possible."

(Radio World) Read more


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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 4.1 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 90.3%
Services: 5 DAB+
Last update: 08.08.2022

Useful Links

oiv.hr/hr/usluge-i-platforme/oiv-dabplus-digital-radio/