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Last update: 29.04.2024 - older versions

The ČTÚ announced on 5 January 2024 that the Authority successfully completed the auction procedure for the sale of individual auction blocks offered for the purpose of developing commercial nationwide (Blocks B, C) and regional networks (Blocks R1 - R27) for the distribution of terrestrial digital radio broadcasting (DAB). The auctioned frequency blocks were divided among all eight participants of the tender.

The total auction price for all Auction Blocks was CZK 79,325,000 (c. 3.2m).

"I am glad that we managed to complete the auction successfully, having satisfied all the participating bidders and managed to distribute all the blocks offered. Thus, nothing stands in the way of the further development of terrestrial digital radio broadcasting." said Marek Ebert, Chairman of the CTU Council.

The tender sets out development criteria that should ensure not only the successful development of DAB broadcasting but also the efficient use of the allocated radio frequencies. The nationwide networks are to cover 50% of the population and motorways within 18 months and 80% of the population and motorways within a further 12 months. Regional broadcasts are to cover 40% of the population of the region concerned within 24 months and 70% of the population of the region thereafter.

 

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). Four other multiplexes are on air in the Czech Republic and are operated by TELEKO, Ceske Radiokomunikace, RTI cz and JOE Media.

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: 13.09.2023 - older versions

Population coverage currently stands at 96%.

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

Czech Radio has one regular multiplex in the Czech Republic divided into CZECH and MORAVIA. Currently, 16 Czech Radio stations are broadcasting.

There are four other multiplexes in the Czech Republic operated by TELEKO Digital, České Radiokomunikace, RTI cz and JOE Media.

The network operator TELEKO DAB operates one regular local DAB+ multiplex using band III, which reaches 5.8 million inhabitants in the Czech Republic. The signal broadcasts in and around Prague, Příbram, Brno and surroundings, Moravian-Silesian Region, Ústí nad Labem Region and Hradec Kralove Region. The TELEKO DAB multiplex broadcasts 6 radio stations.

The operator of the RTI cz network operates 60 radio transmitters in the FM band, mostly in western Bohemia. In 2011, RTI CZ obtained a licence for digital radio DAB (L-band, later III band) in the Pilsen Region, Karlovy Vary Region, South Bohemia Region and Prague. RTI cz currently operates 10 DAB+ transmitters and broadcasts 6 radio stations in the RTI cz DAB multiplex.

České Radiokomunikace operates a CRA DAB+ multiplex (four transmitters) in Prague, Pilsen and Ostava where 14 radio stations are broadcast.

From the end of 2020, JOE Media operates the COLOR DAB+ multiplex (two transmitters in Prague), which broadcasts 8 radio stations.

 

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 47 25 72

Last update: 16.02.2022 - older versions

In the Czech Republic, 93% of new cars sold in 2021 have DAB+ as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2022).

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.

Will Prague have 128 digital stations? Eight commercial DAB+ networks will cover the capital
30.01.2024 - Czechia Czechia
Each network can accommodate around 16 radio stations. Today there are 33 private radio stations broadcasting digitally in Prague, about a quarter of the planned number. How many radios can the Czech market support? There are currently around 60 terrestrial stations in the Czech Republic (excluding the public Czech Radio stations), but most are amalgamated into larger stations with regionally disconnected news and advertising. Digitally, there are 33 stations in four digital networks (CRA DAB+, Teleko DAB+, RTIcz, COLOR DAB+), not including the public multiplex of Czech Radio. However, after the auction of frequencies for DAB+ networks, the number of digital radio multiplexes in Prague will double to eight and their total capacity will accommodate up to 128 private radios.

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New players want to enter the Czech radio market with DAB+
25.01.2024 - Czechia Czechia
Not only existing radio stations that can be tuned in on the FM band, but also completely new entities that have not been available via analogue broadcasting so far, are exploring the possibility of entering the DAB+ platform. Czech Radiokomunikace revealed some of the details of the planned network build-out at a meeting with journalists on Tuesday. "We are negotiating with existing radio players, but among the interested parties there are also completely new entities that are not currently active in FM broadcasting at all," Marcel Procházka, director of the legal and regulatory department of the ČRA, told the Digital Radio portal.

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ČTÚ releases first DAB+ frequencies
25.01.2024 - Czechia Czechia
The first two of the eight successful participants in the auction of frequencies for digital terrestrial radio networks have received the frequency allocation decision from the Czech Telecommunications Office (ČTÚ). In total, there were six decisions for individual broadcasting networks. "Today I signed the first six decisions on frequency allocations for DAB networks for the first two of the successful participants in our DAB auction. More will follow. The CTU keeps its fingers crossed for all of them," said Marek Ebert, Chairman of the CTU Council, briefly on the social network X. This came less than three weeks after the results of the auction were published, in which all 29 networks, including two national networks, were auctioned.

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České Radiokomunikace invests in the construction of digital radio networks
23.01.2024 - Czechia Czechia
Broadcasting giant České Radiokomunikace (owner of the Cordiant fund) is preparing for a third major investment - the construction of broadcasting networks for DAB+ digital radio - after two recently announced large acquisitions in the field of cloud and TV multiplexes. In a recent auction organised by the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU), CRa bid CZK 26.35 million (€1m) for the nationwide broadcasting network B and CZK 3 million (€120k) for the regional networks R4, R15 and R23. The frequencies were allocated until 2040. The nationwide network will accommodate 15 to 17 digital radio services.

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Cheapest radios with DAB in Czechia? See what's up for grabs in 2024...
19.01.2024 - Czechia Czechia
After about two years we are returning to the topic of the cheapest FM/DAB receivers, i.e. those under a thousand crowns. The overview table at the end of the article shows a number of new toys after two years, and at excellent prices! Some DAB receivers have become a bargain. How else can you explain the "Silvercrest DAB+ Radio SRD F1 A1" for 299.90 Kč (€12)? And while we're at it, the table also includes one radio with internet reception (Opticum AX Sound Path Lite, photo at the end of the article) and several with FM/DAB are under 700 Kč (€28). Overall, the situation on the market of the cheapest radios is stable, the offer is already quite rich and varied (e.g. even with Bluetooth) and surprisingly, table radios are also appearing, which is probably due to the fact that we are still in the period of discounts.

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Teleko: We are planning new DAB+ transmitters, especially in difficult areas
11.01.2024 - Czechia Czechia
Teleko digital from Příbram is one of the eight operators that are winners in the auction of frequencies for the operation of DAB+ multiplexes of commercial radio stations. The company's boss, Tomáš Řapek, told the Digital Radio portal that the move was very beneficial. "I would like to congratulate the other participants in the DAB radio frequency auction on their gains and I wish that these private terrestrial DAB networks will suitably complement the DAB multiplex offer of the public Czech Radio. I am glad that our almost 20 years of efforts to introduce this modern technology in our country are coming to fruition and that we are not lagging behind those European countries where the digital radio broadcasting system is already fully established," Řapek said.

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Starring in series on Primě, now preparing a digital radio multiplex
10.01.2024 - Czechia Czechia
One of the winners of the auction of frequencies for the DAB+ digital radio network, GG Omikron, is not opposed to renting transmission sites and towers as well as the transmission equipment itself. This is one of the lesser-known bidders in the tender, backed by the family holding Greativity Group of businessman Jan Vyskocil, who has also appeared as a cameo actor in several TV series, mainly on Primě TV. In the auction, the company managed to obtain frequencies for Prague, part of the Moravian-Silesian and South Moravian regions. "One of the parameters of our auction strategy was to cover population-heavy territories at a reasonable price per frequency allocation. In my opinion, this was successful," Jan Vyskocil told Médiáři.

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Broadcast Services plans DAB+ transmitters in Prague, Brno and other major cities
08.01.2024 - Czechia Czechia
Broadcast Services will begin construction of transmission sites for its regional digital radio networks as soon as possible. It has won five blocks in the frequency auction and will cover the largest cities first. "The frequency allocations obtained on the basis of the auction results will allow us to start preparing the implementation of DAB+ broadcasting networks for the Prague, Central Bohemia, Pardubice, Vysočina, South Moravia, Zlín, Olomouc and Moravia-Silesia regions as soon as possible. First we will start the construction of broadcasting sites in the largest cities: in Prague, Brno, Olomouc and Ostrava, and then in other regions," said Jakub Juhas, Executive Director.

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End of auction! České Radiokomunikace and RTI cz will be the operators of the national DAB+ networks
05.01.2024 - Ceske Radiokomunikace a.s. WorldDAB Member - Czechia Czechia
The operators of the two full-screen commercial DAB+ multiplexes that will be launched on the Czech market in the coming years will be České Radiokomunikace, or its subsidiary Czech Digital Group, and RTI cz. The Czech Telecommunications Office announced this in a press release on 5 January. According to the regulator, the auction raised almost CZK 80 million.

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RTI cz has been awarded a nationwide DAB+ network
05.01.2024 - Czechia Czechia
RTI cz has won the tender for the operation of one of two national DAB+ networks in the 174-230 MHz band. The auction part of the tender procedure was launched by the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) at the end of October last year and ended on 4 January 2024. According to the company's managing director Václav Ježek, this is a great success for RTI cz, and it is a logical step because it is one of the first ever promoters of the development of DAB broadcasting in the Czech Republic.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 10.7 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 96%
Services: 72 DAB+
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 97%
Last update: 26.02.2024

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.