Czech Republic

Last update: 19-02-2019 - older versions

Czech Radio has one regular multiplex in Prague. Currently there is one transmitter and Czech Radio has permission to operate this multiplex (issued by Czech Telecommunication Bureau directly to Czech Radio) until  2021 and Czech Radio has a technical operation agreement with České Radiomunikace.

Three other multiplexes are on air in the Czech Republic and are operated by TELEKO, Ceske Radiokomunikace and RTI.

Czech Radio plans to add more transmitters (in the scope of 4-6 months) for Brno (12D, 5kW), Ostrava (12D, 10 kW) and Pilsen (12C, 10 kW) areas. The targeted coverage (including those sites) is about 35-40% of the Czech population.

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.

A pdf summary of DAB+ in the Czech Republic (produced by multiplex operator RTI.cz) is availabe here (English) (German) (Czech)

 

 

Last update: 01-02-2018 - older versions

Coverage of the Czech Republic by T-DAB is about 5.8 million inhabitants, or 62% of the population.

 Coverage CrA DAB multiplex

Coverage CRo DAB multiplex

 

Coverage RTI cz multiplex 

 

Coverage TELEKO multiplex

Last update: 02-06-2016 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

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.

Example of services on air

Gama Radio was originally the local analogue station in the city of most Northern Bohemia. They had limited options for how to increase coverage. The station management started to collaborate with the network operators TELEKO and RTI cz and the program coverage area was expanded. Gama Radio now covers 5 million inhabitants. Benefits could be found on both sides. The station now covers more listeners without
dramatically increasing the costs, because no transmitters were built by the station itself and there were no licenses needed for the frequencies. The content licenses for digital radio were issued without any obstacles. For the network operator it enabled new attractive content for listeners and set a precedent for discussion with other stations. 

SeeJay Radio is a dance radio station which was previously only available on the internet. The station now benefits from a larger audience due to free to air broadcasting via DAB+ on the RTI cz and TELEKO multiplexes. The station is promoting DAB distribution in its content.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 16 13 29

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: 07-08-2015 - 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

 

Stores:

Electroworld (www.electroworld.cz)

LIDL (www.lidl.cz) (Sale)

TESCO (www.itesco.cz)

the Czech Radio shop in Prague (www.radioservis-as.cz/repre_info.htm). Sales figures are not yet available.

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: 25-06-2018 - older versions

Key features of regulation for digital radio in Czech Republic are:

  • L-Band used
  • Three network operators operate a number of regional or city multiplexes with public and commercial programs
  • Licenses valid for 10 years (till 2022/2023), but all interested in Band III when free
  • No analogue radio switch-off date
  • Analogue radio licenses are prolonged till 2025 when commitment to switch over to digital is signed by the license holder
  • Current network operators will ask for transformation of L-Band licenses to the Band III

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

Each analogue radio license holder which signed the commitment to switch over to digital broadcasting received prolonged analogue license till 2025. Consequently 2025 could be understood as the analogue radio switch off date. There are no obstacles from the content regulator to start digital broadcasting and it has already started.

Spectrum regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has declared that their office will be technology neutral with regard to the DAB audio codec (DAB or DAB+). Licensing was focused on the L-Band which was free and implementation in Band III was waiting for the end of analogue TV transmission in the band (June 2012).

The Radio Spectrum Utilisation Plan (RSUP) for particular bands sets the detailed regulation for use of the frequencies. This part of RSUP is from 2008 and it is still valid. The regulatory body Czech Telecommunication Office is preparing the strategy for Band III and the selection procedure is expected to be launched in 2013.

Band III: According to NTFA Band III is allocated to broadcasting as a primary service and to land mobile as a secondary service. Wireless microphones are used in land mobile service only. The switch over to digital TV was finished end of June 2012 and Band III is ready for digital broadcasting, and is planned for T-DAB and DVB-T in accordance with Geneva 2006 Agreement.

L Band: A tender for 10 year licenses in the 13 largest cities for operation was started on 6 May 2011. Licenses were granted during the September – November period and the company Ceske Radiokomunikace received in total 12 licenses and the company RTI cz s.r.o. one for Prague. All licenses will expire in 2021. Individual authorisations for TELEKO in Block LA were awarded for five years with right to extend. 

The main document for electronic communication regulation is the Act. No. 127/2005 Coll. On Electronic Communications. This document explains spectrum regulation in the Czech Republic and is 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. 

Band III: According to NTFA Band III is allocated to broadcasting as a primary service and to land mobile as a secondary service.

 

Last update: 31-05-2018 - older versions

The “chicken / egg” problem was solved by the initiative of the first network operator TELEKO, which offered to include the content from the public broadcaster in the trials and other stations later free of charge. As compensation advertising spots were included in the content.

Other examples of the mutual cooperation were the interviews given with the TELEKO founder in the Czech Radio programme aimed at the popularisation of digital radio with the public. On the programme information was given that receivers are available on the internet or in the public broadcaster’s own shop in Prague. This way, digital radio was introduced and listeners were made aware that digital radio is already on air.

The company RTI cz promotes digital radio open days in the Czech Radio. (Prague, Pilsen, Czech 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

Updating websites and promotional brochures are being prepared after the launch of Czech Radio transmitters.

New digital radio support projects in the Czech Republic

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 available on another multiplex
09.01.2017 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
The most listened to digital radio station in the Czech Republic, Czech Radio, is now available in new locations via a new multiplex. Czech Radio can now be heard in most locations across the Czech Republic, except for a few cities which will be upgraded to digital radio in the near future.
From Český rozhlas:

Day of digital radio in Czech Republic
WorldDAB Members News - 06.11.2016 - Czech Radio - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
RTI, Radioservis, Czech Radio and Digital Radio Czech are hosting a day devoted to digital radio. The event aims to educate visitors about the benefits of DAB+, the DAB+ receivers currently on the market and the first mobile phone with DAB+. The event will be taking place on 8 November.
From Czech Radio:

WorldDAB maps digital radio across the world
29.09.2016 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
Data in the most recent WorldDAB infographic includes sales performance, current status and the number of DAB/DAB+ stations compared with FM/AM station.
From DigiZone.cz:

Fifty million DAB radios sold in key markets
12.09.2016 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
"Digital radio continues its successful journey and for the last six months has made great progress. Norway next year plans to switch off analogue FM transmitters, Switzerland will gradually follow him in 2020. Denmark, Great Britain and Germany are currently at work term shutdown" said Patrick Hannon, President of WorldDAB.
From Czech Radio:

Where is radio at today and where is it headed? A discussion with the EBU's Graham Dixon
31.08.2016 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
Radio Prague is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its first shortwave broadcast and hs spoken to Graham Dixon, Head of radio at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) about the future of the radio industry. "DAB, by being digital, is a gateway into many new applications, many new visions of how radio can actually meet people’s needs.”
From Radio Prague:

Digital radio in Czech Radio Pilsen
06.05.2016 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
Czech Radio will be launched today in Pilsen on DAB digital radio. A special launch event will take place between 10:00 and 14:00 where participants will learn all about DAB digital radio, have the opportunity to experience the functionality and design of the latest digital radio receivers, and of course listen to DAB digital radio live on-air. This annual event receives a lot of attention and a high level of participation is anticipated for this year's event.
From Czech Radio Pilsen :

Broadcasters from across Europe form alliance to promote digital radio
WorldDAB Members News - 16.03.2016 - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Germany - Germany - Belgium - Belgium - Czech Republic - Czech Republic - Switzerland - Switzerland - Austria - Austria - Norway - Norway
The 12 companies involved run more than 300 radio stations and reaching over 130 million listeners. They have elected the Director of BBC Radio, Helen Boaden, as the first President of the European Digital Radio Alliance.
From European Digital Radio Alliance:

European Digital Radio Alliance formed
15.03.2016 - Germany - Germany - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Czech Republic - Czech Republic - Norway - Norway - Belgium - Belgium
Members include public and commercial broadcasters; the BBC, Global Radio and Bauer Media Group (UK), NRK (Norway), RTBF (Belgium), NPO (Netherlands), the Swiss SRG, Radio Arabella (Austria) and Cesky rozhlas.
From Radio Szene:

Czech Radio Radioservis a.s. to hold Digital Radio 2 event
14.03.2016 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
In partnership with RTI cz s.r.o, the event will take place 22 March where visitors to the Czech Radio Radioservis a.s store can learn more about DAB and get a small gift with any purchase of a DAB+ receiver.
From Digital Radio DAB, Czech Republic:

jamesdean.fm broadcasts on DAB+
01.03.2016 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
You can tune in to jamesdean.fm in Prague (channel LD), Pilsen (channel LM/10A), South Bohemian region (channel LD/5D) and the Karlovy Vary region (channel LJ).
From Digital Radio Czech Republic:

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 10.5 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 62%
Services: 29 DAB+
Last update: 01.02.2018

Useful Links

Czech Radiocommunications a.s.
Services on Air
Czech Telecommunication Office
Regulator of spectrum, The Czech Telecommunication Office
Web portal about digital radio DAB+
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+