Slovakia

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Public consultation

In November 2020, a public consultation regarding the launch of regular DAB+ services in Slovakia was published by the Slovakian regulatory authority. A summary of this consultation is available here (in Slovakian).

As part of the consultation, key public and private broadcasters as well as telecoms operators from Slovakia indicated that there is both interest and potential for the launch of regular national DAB+ services in Slovakia.

The conclusion of the regulatory authority in regards to the consultation was that regular nationwide DAB+ services will be launched in Slovakia as soon as possible, with the exact timing still to be confirmed.

 

DAB+ trials

DAB+ broadcasting in Slovakia started on 15 December 2015 as a trial in the capital city Bratislava. This trial is operated by the company Towercom, the biggest Slovakian broadcasting network operator.

Currently seven trials are in operation, namely in Bratislava, Dunajská Streda, Košice, Banská Bystrica, Žilina (operated by Towercom Inc.) and in Banská Bystrica and Nitra (operated by AVIS Ltd.). On trials both public (RTVS) and commercial programme services are transmitted.

Last update: 06.11.2020 - older versions

The calculated coverage of all transmitters on air is

- Population ... 45.7 %
- Territory ...... 32.6 %

Coverage of individual multiplexes:

MUX 1 (Towercom)

- Population ... 45.4 %
- Territory ...... 31.7 %

MUX 2 (AVIS)

- Population ... 2.7 %
- Territory ...... 2.4 %

Last update: 16.05.2022 - 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.

 

Rádio Slovensko (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) is a station focused on broadcasting with dominant orientation to topical newscast and analytic journalism, supplemented by blocks of artistic programmes.

Rádio Regina Západ (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) is a station focused on broadcasting with dominant orientation to topical newscast and analytic journalism – for Western part of Slovakia.

Rádio Regina Stred (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) is a station focused on broadcasting with dominant orientation to topical newscast and analytic journalism – for Middle part of Slovakia.

Rádio Regina Východ (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) is a station focused on broadcasting with dominant orientation to topical newscast and analytic journalism – for Eastern part of Slovakia.

Rádio_FM (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) is a musical-cultural programme service, aimed to demanding young listener.

Rádio Devín (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) is an artistic-cultural programme service, aimed to demanding listeners in the area of music, artistic word and cultural information from Slovakia and from the world.

Rádio Slovakia International (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) with programmes in foreign languages for listeners abroad,

Rádio Patria (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) is a programme service about ethnic groups / minorities, for minorities and in languages of minorities.

Rádio Mária (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) is a catholic radio station.

Rádio Lumen (simulcast FM / DAB+/ Internet) is a Christian radio station.

Rádio Junior is a solely digital station, available exclusively via DAB+ and Internet, featuring specialised children’s content.

Rádio Pyramida is a solely digital station, available exclusively via DAB+ and Internet, broadcasts to listeners the most important recordings from the rich archive. The motto became the words "history written in sound".

Rádio Litera is a solely digital station, available exclusively via DAB+ and Internet, aimed to more intellectual listeners.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 20 6 26

Last update: 02.10.2013

There are currently no news available for this section.

Last update: 13.05.2022 - older versions

DAB+ trials

DAB+ broadcasting in Slovakia started on 15 December 2015 as a trial in the capital city Bratislava. This trial is operated by the company Towercom, the biggest Slovakian broadcasting network operator.

Currently six trials are in operation, namely in Bratislava, Dunajská Streda, Košice, Banská Bystrica, Žilina (operated by Towercom Inc.) and in Nitra (operated by AVIS Ltd.). On trials both public (RTVS) and commercial programme services are transmitted.

For all transmitters, vertical polarisation and DQPSK modulation is permitted.

First Towercom's trial in Bratislava was put into operation on 15 December 2015.

 

 

Name of transmitter

Block

ERPmax [kW]

Name of site

Antenna pattern

1

BRATISLAVA

12C

3.600

Kamzík

D

2

NITRA

10C

10.000

Zobor

ND

3

KOŠICE

12B

2.000

Heringeš

ND

4

BANSKÁ BYSTRICA

12A

3.000

Laskomer

ND

5

ŽILINA

12A

5.000

Krížava

D

6

DUNAJSKÁ STREDA

12C

0.620

TKB Dunajská Streda

ND

7

BANSKÁ BYSTRICA

10B

3.000

Panský diel

D

 


Other details can be found on https://www.teleoff.gov.sk/prehlad-povolenych-dvb-t-a-t-dab-vysielacov/ (in Slovak only).

Last update: 05.01.2021 - older versions

In January 2017 the Slovak Government approved the Strategy of Implementation of Terrestrial Digital Audio Broadcasting in the Slovak Republic. According to this document, the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting is divided to three phases (with defined terms).

Public consultation

In November 2020, a public consultation regarding the launch of regular DAB+ services in Slovakia was published by the Slovakian regulatory authority. A summary of this consultation is available here (in Slovakian).

As part of the consultation, key public and private broadcasters as well as telecoms operators from Slovakia indicated that there is both interest and potential for the launch of regular national DAB+ services in Slovakia.

The conclusion of the regulatory authority in regards to the consultation was that regular nationwide DAB+ services will be launched in Slovakia as soon as possible, with the exact timing still to be confirmed.

Last update: 02.10.2013

There are currently no news available for this section.

Last update: 06.11.2020 - older versions

The Research Institute of Post and Telecommunications (VÚS) conducted a project dealing with emergency warning via digital radio (EWF). The project was successfully finished in December 2018, with the test transmission in Banská Bystrica. The aim was to utilize new features of digital radio and to design an additional method of disseminating warning messages to population and thus increase the likelihood that residents will be adequately informed in critical situations.

Rock Radio added to Towercom mux in Slovakia
20.09.2022 - Slovakia Slovakia
The digital radio multiplex (DAB+) operator Towercom is testing a new commercial Radio Rock, which should be launched in the near future. The Rock radio station was initially available only in the DAB+ multiplex West, but in the evening it also appeared in the remaining two (Centre and East). At the time of writing, the radio station was broadcast on DAB+ with a bitrate of 128 kbps and in the HE-AAC v1 codec.

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Slovakia: FM could be switched off between 2030 and 2035
04.07.2022 - Slovakia Slovakia
According to the new head of Radio and Television Slovakia Luboš Máchaj, RTVS should invest in the development of DAB+ digital broadcasting. The expected migration of listeners can only be expected between 2030 and 2035, however, the public media should already deal with this technology significantly. "This is a process in which it is necessary to ensure that the use of DAB+ spreads among listeners," stated Machaj, adding that it is necessary to ensure that RTVS does not lose listeners.

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Six new DAB+ transmitters launch in Slovakia
01.07.2022 - Slovakia Slovakia
The Slovakian telecommunications operator Towercom has launched six DAB+ transmitters in a row, the last of which went live on 1 July. Additional DAB+ transmitters are under construction.

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New DAB+ transmitters in Slovakia
08.02.2022 - Slovakia Slovakia
The Slovak regulator has granted frequency allocations to Towercom for two new DAB+ transmitters. Public broadcaster Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) aims to achieve similar coverage when medium wave is switched off. RTVS switched off a medium-wave transmitter in Rimavská Sobota at the end of January, with transmission from Nitra and Čižatice still in operation. "These are contractually bound until the end of 2022. We are considering their shutdown and partial replacement of DAB+ networks. For this reason, we are tentatively counting on investment in the DAB+ radio network", confirmed Stanislav Čačko, PR manager of RTVS.

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Slovak regulator launches public consultations on spectrum use
10.11.2020 - Slovakia Slovakia
Slovakia's telecommunications regulator RU has initiated public consultations on the use of several frequency resources. Operators have been invited to respond by 19 November.

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DAB+ and Early Warning Functionality trials in Slovakia – results and next steps
23.10.2018 - Slovakia Slovakia
Slovakia has been running trials using DAB for Early Warning Functionality (EWF), which were demonstrated this June. They have also carried out a consumer survey into DAB. Juraj Oravec of the Research Institute (VÚS) discusses the results of the EWF trial, the consumer research and what is next for the territory.

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Digidia and Towercom Support DAB in Slovakia
01.08.2017 - DIGIDIA WorldDAB Member - Slovakia Slovakia
DAB is going on the air in Slovakia thanks to the partnership of Digidia and Towercom. “Thanks to Digidia’s compact and flexible multiplexer Towercom is able to show all functionalities of the DAB standard with a multiplexer completely integrated in Towercom’s IP infrastructure.” said Zsolt Nagy, Towercom’s CTO.

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Towercom and DIGIDIA bring DAB on air in Slovakia
21.07.2017 - DIGIDIA WorldDAB Member - Slovakia Slovakia
"DAB is an important technology for Slovakia and Towercom is proud to provide the infrastructure and technical expertise for this prestigious project. DAB is now on air on 4 transmitter sites in Bratislava, Banska Bystrica, Zilina and Kosice," said Zsolt Nagy, Towercom’s CTO.

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Another cloud DAB system goes on-air in Slovakia
19.07.2016 - Paneda WorldDAB Member - Slovakia Slovakia
Paneda has launched a complete DAB+ Head-End system to the system integrator AVIS in Slovakia. The system provides 6 DAB+ services in the south west region of Slovakia and partly covers the capital city Bratislava.

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Slovakia tests DAB+ in Košice
18.07.2016 - Slovakia Slovakia
Slovakia is continuing with its DAB+ trials, announcing that it recently began testing the digital broadcasting standard on a transmitter in Košice. The first phase of this test is broadcasting four stations: Rádio Slovensko, Rádio Pyramída, Rádio FM and Rádio Junior.

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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 5.4 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 45.7%
Services: 26 DAB+
Last update: 16.05.2022

Useful Links

Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic (MDV SR)
Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission
Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RÚ)
Research Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (VÚS)