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.

Digital radio for the blind and partially sighted
25.02.2016 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
The United Organisation of Blind and Visually Impaired in collaboration with RTI cz Ltd held a lecture on the current digital radio situation developing in the Czech Republic. DAB is the digital radio broadcasting standard used in the Czech Republic where listeners can enjoy over 30 services.
From SONS :

EBU Digital Radio report: More support needed for Czech DAB+
WorldDAB Members News - 12.02.2016 - Czech Radio - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
Political support of public broadcasters is what is needed to push forward DAB+ in Czech Republic comments Czech Radio following the publication of the new Digital Radio report by EBU.
From Česká rozhlas:

Paneda and Teleko conduct DAB cloud trials
WorldDAB Members News - 09.02.2016 - Paneda - Czech Republic - Czech Republic - Sweden - Sweden
The main purpose of the trial is to demonstrate a simple, flexible and convenient way to get started with DAB with decreased starting costs, by using a cloud based DAB solution.
From Paneda/Teleko:

Radiokomunikace starts DAB multiplex tests transmissions
10.08.2015 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
Czech Radiokomunikace has launched experimental digital radio broadcasting on the DAB multiplex from the Prague-Zizkov transmitter. The broadcasts will cover Prague and part of Central Bohemia.
From Telecompaper :

Czech Radiokomunikace temporarily interrupts DAB+ pilot - Telecompaper
20.07.2015 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
Czech Radiokomunikace is planning a temporary shutdown of DAB broadcasting from 20 July until the beginning of September. The reason is its preparation of new technology for the next stage of broadcasting and the evaluation of its findings so far.
From Telecompaper:

Czech Radio to launch DAB Praha
WorldDAB Members News - 01.07.2015 - Czech Radio - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
From 6th August, Czech Radio will go fully digital in Prague and it's surrounding areas.
From Czech Radio:

Radiokomunikace Gets Approval for T-DAB+ Trial
10.06.2015 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
Czech regulator, Czech Telecommunication Office, has granted communications company České Radiokomunikace a license to experiment with digital terrestrial radio broadcasting using the T-DAB+ system via Prague’s 20 kW transmitter.
From Radio World:

CTU supports Radiokomunikace's T-DAB+ experiment
08.06.2015 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
Czech regulator CTU has allowed the launch of experimental digtal terrestrial radio broadcasting using the sT-DAB+ system via the Prague-City transmitter with 20 kW power. This is the first experimental broadcasting of T-DAB+ of such an extent. The results of the test will be used in planning future networks for T-DAB+.
From Telecompaper:

PiGy radio launches on DAB+ in Prague
11.04.2015 - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
On April 1st, childrens radion station PiGy radio will transmit on digital radio in Prague with a network expansion planned. PiGy radio is part of the Czech Radio Group.
From Radio Woche:

Czech Radio powers up to go digital
WorldDAB Members News - 13.03.2015 - Czech Radio - Czech Republic - Czech Republic
Experts at Czech Radio have unveiled a roadmap to guide the country's journey to digital radio output (DAB/DAB+). The plan identifies appropriate legislation, national coordination, adequate financing, private sector engagement, support for quality content and new services, a solid information and marketing campaign and statutory support for DAB receivers as the 7 steps toward digital broadcasting in the 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+