Croatia

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In cooperation with Agency for Electronic Media (media regulator) and HAKOM (frequency regulator) on 15th of November of 2018 OIV (network operator) entered into its second year of the DAB+ trial. With five transmitters within vicinity of the five largest cities in Croatia, coverage stands at 70% of population (3 mil.).

Test broadcasting of digital radio in Croatia started in November 2017 in the presence of the Prime Minister's Envoy, Minister Oleg Butković.

The Electronic Media Council chose 16 existing FM broadcasters for broadcasting in DAB+ technology. The chosen radio stations are, as follows:  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 existing DAB+ broadcast trial for a third year running. Some of the existing services on the trial were switched, and it was announced that public broadcaster HRT had joining the trial. It was also decided that the network will be extended from current five to eight sites.

Last update: 07.02.2020 - older versions

Population coverage currently stands at 70%, but a network expansion scheduled for March 2020 is expected to bring it up to approximately 88% for outdoor coverage, and 53% for indoor reception conditions. 

 

 2020 coverage extension map

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In this country there is

on air.

The trial is starting with the same bitrate for all audio services, 72kbps. All services are using 3A protection. The parameters are subject to change since this is a trial.
No separate data services at this moment. Just DLS; text and logo of each station.
OIV is negotiating with some of the broadcasters to put in SLS service, but it’s not in yet.
The ensemble ID is C201 (C for Croatia, 2 for regional coverage, 01 as first MUX in this area).

 

Currently operational:

  1. Sljeme, 10 kW ERP, channel 9C
  2. Ucka, 8 kW ERP, channel 11C
  3. Ivanscica, 1.3 kW ERP, channel 9C
  4. Vidova Gora (Brac), 5 kW ERP, channel 10A
  5. Belje „Duro Podboj“, 5 kW ERP, channel 8C

Additional sites, operational from March 2020:

  1. Srd, 10 kW ERP, channel 10C
  2. Ugljan – Mala Glava, 2.5 kW ERP, channel 10A
  3. Psunj, 1 kW ERP, channel 8C

This network extension should be realized in March 2020. The calculated coverage after extension will be around 88% for outdoor and around 53% of population for indoor reception conditions.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 12 0 12

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Past trials using DAB were launched by Croatian Radio Television (HRT), the biggest Croatian public broadcaster, in 1997. Centred around Zagreb, the HRT multiplex broadcasted simulcasts of its three national radio services at the frequency 227.36 MHz (Channel 12C). DAB coverage existed in northern Croatia around the capital city of Zagreb and its suburbs. The network could potentially reach 1.2 million people, or around 20% of the Croatian population. This trial was completed in late February 2011.

In November 2019, network operator (OIV) and collaborating regulatory agencies decided to continue the existing DAB+ broadcast trial for a third year running. Some of the existing services on the trial were switched, and it was announced that public broadcaster HRT had joining the trial. It was also decided that the network will be extended from current five to eight sites.

Currently operational:

  1. Sljeme, 10 kW ERP, channel 9C
  2. Ucka, 8 kW ERP, channel 11C
  3. Ivanscica, 1.3 kW ERP, channel 9C
  4. Vidova Gora (Brac), 5 kW ERP, channel 10A
  5. Belje „Duro Podboj“, 5 kW ERP, channel 8C

Additional sites, operational from March 2020:

  1. Srd, 10 kW ERP, channel 10C
  2. Ugljan – Mala Glava, 2.5 kW ERP, channel 10A
  3. Psunj, 1 kW ERP, channel 8C

This network extension should be realized in March 2020. The calculated coverage after extension will be around 88% for outdoor and around 53% of population for indoor reception conditions.

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Digital radio in Croatia does not mean extinguishing technology
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Croatia gets new DAB+ Mux network
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Croatia starts testing digital radio
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Radio Kaj to go DAB+
21.11.2017 - Croatia Croatia
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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 4.1 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 70%
Services: 12 DAB+
Last update: 20.02.2020

Useful Links

www.e-mediji.hr/hr/novosti/poziv-za-iskazivanje-interesa-za-digitalno-eksperimentalno-emitiranje-radijskih-kanala/