Czech Republic

Last update: 04.10.2021 - older versions

An amendment to the Electronic Communications Act was passed by the Czech Parliament's Chamber of Deputies on 15 September 2021, granting Czech Radio the right to operate its own digital radio network in Band III and reservation of frequencies/spectrum by the Czech Telecommunication Bureau.

Czech Radio has one regular multiplex, available for 95% of the population of the Czech Republic, divided for Czechia and Moravia segment (12C and 12D). Three other multiplexes are on air in the Czech Republic and are operated by TELEKO, Ceske Radiokomunikace and RTI.

In 2021 Czech Radio launched two new DAB+ only stations – „Radiožurnál Sport” (CRo-RZ-SPORT) and „Pohoda” (CRo-POHODA), targeted to the 'sports lovers' audience and senior audiences.

In September 2020, Czech Radio launched 10 new DAB + transmitters, increasing population coverage from 85% to 95%.

A brochure highlighting the 15-year history of DAB+ digital radio in the Czech Republic is available in Czech here.

Last update: 23.09.2020 - older versions

Population coverage currently stands at 95%.

Detailed and up-to-date DAB+ coverage maps can be found at www.DAB-plus.cz.

Czech Radio has one regular multiplex in Prague. Three other multiplexes are on air in the Czech Republic and are operated by TELEKO, Ceske Radiokomunikace and RTI.

Network operator TELEKO operates one regular local DAB/DAB+ multiplex using band III and L- Band, which reaches 5.8 million inhabitants of the Czech Republic. The signal broadcasts in Prague and the surrounding area, in Příbram, Brno and the surrounding region, the Moravia-Silesian region, the Usti nad Labem region and Hradec Kralove region. 15 radio stations are being broadcast on the TELEKO multiplex.

Network operator RTI CZ operates 60 radio transmitters in the FM band, predominantly in Western Bohemia. In 2011 RTI CZ obtained a license for Digital Radio DAB (L Band) in the Pilsenregion, Carlsbad region, South Bohemian region and inPrague city. RTI cz provides DAB broadcasting in West and South Bohemia.

 

Last update: 03.03.2021 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

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.

A comprehensive listing of DAB+ services on air in the Czech Republic is available at the website http://www.digitalradiodab.cz/ by choosing the DAB v ČR option.

Slideshow services are offered by all network operators in Czech Republic. TELEKO uses the latest Rapid software in their DAB CLOUD MULTIPLEXOR. TELEKO transforms the news from RSS feeds into JPEGs and also sends pictures from webcams in studios or weathercams.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 43 26 69

Last update: 07.08.2015 - older versions

DAB receivers are available as an option in major car brands such as Škoda, VW, Audi, Seat, Mini, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Toyota, Volvo and Opel.

-     Carmaker Škoda sold in 2014 - 2500 pieces of car radios with DAB+.

-     Car audio system DAB+ still requires a surcharge in the Czech Republic.

Last update: 17.05.2021 - older versions

DAB radio is using L-band and Band III in the Czech Republic and it is important to check if the receiver is ready for use in both bands.

A wide range of receivers are available to buy online:

www.pureradio.cz

www.radiodab.cz

www.omko.cz/digitalni-radia/

www.conrad.cz

www.alza.cz

www.czc.cz

www.mall.cz

www.gogen.cz/dab-radia/

Stores:

Electroworld (www.electroworld.cz)

LIDL (www.lidl.cz) (Sale)

TESCO (www.itesco.cz)

DATART (www.datart.cz/dab-radia.html)

Last update: 30.09.2013 - older versions

In August 2007 a trial was launched by TELEKO in cooperation with the public broadcaster Český Rozhlas with three DAB programmes and two DAB+ programmes. This trial used both Band III and L-Band and covered almost 130,000 people. A further trial began in June 2008, again as a joint project between the TELEKO company in cooperation with the public broadcaster Czech Radio. A 2.5Kw transmitter provided coverage of the capital city, Prague, to a population of around 1.3 million. The goal of this noncommercial trial was the promotion of digital radio to the Czech public and Government administrators. In early 2009 a further trial was launched in the second largest city Brno covering approximately 0.5 million people.

Trials have been completed in the Czech Republic and all network operators have been awarded with licenses. Technical trials e.g. for checking signal parameters are operated using the licensed frequencies as a part of the regular transmission implementation. For example, the company Ceske Radiokomunikace is using its L-band licensed frequency for such a test with two programs using the Prague-Zizkov transmitter since early 2013.

Last update: 03.12.2021 - older versions

Key features of regulation for digital radio in Czech Republic 
  • Band III only used
  • Five network operators operate one nationwide multiplex (public service Czech Radio) and four regional multiplexes with public and commercial programmes all on DAB+ 
  • Licences are granted for different periods, up to a maximum of 10 years, some to be granted or renewed in 2022, all in III Band only
  • No analogue radio switch-off date
  • Analogue radio licences will be prolonged without a clear time limit

Spectrum and content regulation is divided between the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (content) and the Czech Telecommunication Office (spectrum).

Analogue radio licenses will be prolonged for all analogue licence holders, at this point in time, for an unspecified time. Czech Radio as the public radio broadcaster operates its own DAB+ network with national coverage. Some private broadcasters use DAB+ networks by private operators to broadcast their stations via DAB+. Therefore, the transition to digital radio in the Czech Republic has successfully started and digital radio is being rolled out by both the public and private radio sectors.  There are no obstacles to the deployment of digital radio from the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting and from the Czech Telecommunication Office.

The Radio Spectrum Utilisation Plan (RSUP, or PVRS in Czech language) for particular bands sets out detailed regulation for the use of frequencies. The current RSUP dedicates all III Band (frequencies from 174 to 230 MHz) to DAB (the Czech Telecommunication Office refers to DAB+ as T-DAB). Further information about the RSUP is available at https://www.ctu.cz/plan-vyuziti-radioveho-spektra

For a detailed overview on 174 - 380 MHz spectrum see here: https://www.ctu.cz/sites/default/files/obsah/ctu/sdeleni-o-vydani-opatreni-obecne-povahy-casti-planu-vyuziti-radioveho-spektra-c.pv-p/21/01.2018-2-pro-kmitoctove-pasmo-174-380-mhz/obrazky/pv-p210120182.pdf

Allocation of additional DAB+ multiplexes for private network operators is planned by the Czech Telecommunication Office for 2022 and beyond.

The switchover to DVB-T2 digital TV was finished in 2020, and digital TV frequencies are allocated exclusively outside III Band, which is intended for DAB+ radio only. L Band is no longer used for DAB+ radio.

At the time of writing there are five DAB+ network operators:

Czech Radio, Ceske Radiokomunikace, TELEKO digital, RTIcz and JOE Media.

The principal document for electronic communication regulation is the Act. No. 127/2005 Coll. on Electronic Communications, was amended in 2021 by the Act. No. 374/2021 Coll. This document explains spectrum regulation in the Czech Republic represented by the National Table of Frequency Allocation (NTFA) which allocates the frequency bands to particular radio communication services and describes the general conditions for frequency use. Detailed information about NTFA is available here: https://www.ctu.cz/narodni-kmitoctova-tabulka  

Last update: 29.04.2019 - older versions

A marketing campaign is due to be launched, in collaboration with the automotive industry - primarily Skoda - and the main retailers in the country

Broadcasters are investing inmultimedia, with each of the 14 channels in a mux equipped with full multimedia services - headlines, artists information and images

The company RTI cz also promotes DAB+ open days in the Czech Radio, as per the images below taken in Prague, Pilsen and Ceske Budejovice.

 

 

The company RTI cz operates its own e-shop with a DAB+ receiver (www.radiodab.cz)

The company RTI cz operates a Web portal about digital radio in the Czech Republic on www.digitalradiodab.cz. You will find here:

  • Current information
  • What is digital radio
  • History of digital radio
  • DAB in the Czech Republic (operators / list of radio stations / channel list / map coverage)
  • DAB in the world
  • Links to websites about digital radio

 

1) Day with digital radio (Exhibition of DAB radio receivers and lectures on digital radio in cooperation with Czech Radio)

www.densdigitalnimradiem.cz (only in Czech) Promo video here: https://youtu.be/WvDdK3xqEMI

2) Digital radio in schools (lectures on digital radio at vocational schools)

3) DAB radio for the blind (RTI have prepared a Czech version of the audio files for the NOXON dRadio1 radio with voice output)

 

Last update: 09.01.2014

DAB radio is used for emergency warning distribution by distributing programs of the public broadcaster.
For example, during the floods in June 2013 the actual emergency information was included in the DAB radiotext transmission of two public broadcaster programs.

Czech radio broadcaster investigates possibilities DAB+ offers
23.11.2021 - Czech Republic Czech Republic
Prague radio network COLOR DAB+ has been expanded by another station - East Bohemian Radio Orlicko. The station operator wants to test what possibilities the DAB+ technology brings and what it couldpossibly offer to the listeners in the future. "We bring our listeners what they don't have anywhere else. We map and bring information mainly from the field of culture." said station founder Věroslav Musil.

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A new DAB+ multiplex has started in Prague
17.11.2021 - Czech Republic Czech Republic
Multiplex Color DAB+ is a joint project of JOE Media, Ultravox and Dada Media. The multiplex, on Channel 7C, is currently in test mode and this state should last until about December. It can thus be expected that the operator will change individual technical parameters, such as data flows, security, etc.

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Private operators also keen to develop DAB+
20.10.2021 - Czech Republic Czech Republic
From next year, Czech Radio will finance the development of DAB+ by switching off AM. Said Karel Zýka: "At the end of the year, we are shutting down AM and its resources will be set aside for digital broadcasting. Czech Radio now has all its stations on DAB+". Czech Radio plans to further improve signal coverage and in the next phase of coverage, the focus will be on indoor reception. Commercial network operators are also keen to develop DAB+ in the Czech Republic.

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"Digital Radio for Schools" project educates students about DAB+
13.10.2021 - Czech Republic Czech Republic
The "Digital Radio for Schools" project was prepared by RTI cz s.r.o. in 2016 as part of the promotion of media literacy in the Czech Republic. Through lectures, presentations and listening to the latest DAB+ radio platform, the project introduces digital radio to the future generation in technical schools, secondary schools and universities. Within the framework of this project, several lectures have already taken place and a further lecture is planned for 18 October.

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Up to four networks will be designated for commercial digital radios in the Czech Republic
30.09.2021 - Czech Radio WorldDAB Member - Czech Republic Czech Republic
President Miloš Zeman has signed an amendment to the Electronic Communications Act, which opens the way for Czech Radio to its own DAB+ digital network. As Jiří Duchač from the Czech Telecommunications Office stated at the Digimedia 2021 conference, the regulator would like to allocate two nationwide and probably two regional DAB + networks next year. This will be preceded by a public consultation. International frequency coordination must also be completed, especially in Slovakia.

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Czech Radio to improve DAB+ indoor coverage
22.09.2021 - Czech Radio WorldDAB Member - Czech Republic Czech Republic
Czech Radio will continue to lead the way for DAB+ digital radio in the coming years. After enshrining the public multiplex in legislation, it now wants to focus on strengthening its coverage inside buildings. According to the regulator, the Czech Telecommunication Office, in addition to the public broadcaster DAB+ network, nationwide commercial radio multiplexes will be established, which will complement the regional muxes. Czech Radio aims to obtain further investments in DAB+ by switching off AM.

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Czech Radio obtains government approval to operate a DAB+ multiplex
16.09.2021 - Czech Radio WorldDAB Member - Czech Republic Czech Republic
An amendment to the Electronic Communications Act was passed by the Czech government's Chamber of Deputies on 15 September, granting Czech Radio the right to operate its own digital radio network in Band III. It now remains only for the President of the Republic, Miloš Zeman, to formally approve the legislation.

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DAB+ gaining in popularity in Czech Republic
20.08.2021 - Czech Radio WorldDAB Member - Czech Republic Czech Republic
DAB+ receiver sales and listeners continue to grow, with a key role being played by public broadcaster Czech radio who has implemented a strong DAB+ marketing campaign, and has launched DAB+ stations Radiožurnál Sport and, from 1 October, Rádio Pohoda. 95% of the Czech population can now receive Czech Radio radio stations on DAB+.

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10.6% of listeners in the Czech Republic use DAB+
04.08.2021 - Czech Radio WorldDAB Member - Czech Republic Czech Republic
The results of the Radioprojekt survey confirm the growing popularity of digital radio in the Czech Republic. As of Q1 2021, 10.6% of listeners use DAB+ compared to 7.2% in Q4 2020.

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Czechs buy more digital radios, in the first quarter, almost one in four with DAB+
23.06.2021 - Czech Radio WorldDAB Member - Czech Republic Czech Republic
The number of DAB+ receivers sold increased by 140% year-on-year, GfK reported. "We have launched a massive campaign to promote digital radio broadcasting, which has affected millions of people. Sales data clearly show not only the growth of everything digital but also the jump in DAB+ radio sales in the Czech Republic, which follows the trend of other countries where DAB+ is established," says René Zavoral, CEO of Czech Radio.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 10.7 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 95%
Services: 69 DAB+
Last update: 21.05.2021

Useful Links

Services on Air
Czech Telecommunication Office
Regulator of spectrum, The Czech Telecommunication Office
Web portal about digital radio DAB+
Services on air in Czech Republic
Czech Radio
Czech Radiocommunications a.s.
The Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting
RTI cz s.r.o.
TELEKO s.r.o.
Czech Radio - Digital radio
Czech Radio - dab+
České Radiokomunikace a.s.