Slovakia

Last update: 30-10-2017 - 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).

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, Inc. – the biggest Slovakian network operator.

Currently six trials are in operation, namely in Bratislava, Košice, Banská Bystrica, Žilina (operated by Towercom) and Nitra and Banská Bystrica (operated by AVIS Ltd.). On all trials 10 programme services are transmitted, both public (RTVS) and commercial.

Last update: 24-10-2018 - older versions

The estimated coverage of all transmitters on air is

- Population ... 38 %
- Territory ....... 25.2 %

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Last update: 19-10-2017 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

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

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

Radio Slovakia International is a solely digital station, available exclusively via DAB+ and  Internet, with programmes in foreign languages for listeners abroad,

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

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

Rádio Aktual (FM or DAB+) is a first station in Slovakia in talk/news format. Spoken word is supplemented by greatest hits of all time periods.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 36 21 57

Last update: 02-10-2013

There are currently no news available for this section.

Last update: 06-09-2017 - older versions

DAB+/FM receivers are available in stores and online. However, the offer of models is limited.

Last update: 01-02-2018 - older versions

Towercom received permission to extend its DAB+ trial in Bratislava until 30.9.2016 and also two other licences for DAB+ broadcasting. One licence is for Banská Bystrica in central Slovakia Towercom may broadcast on block 12A, ERP 2kW and the other is for Košice, in eastern Slovakia, block 12B, ERP 2kW. Both licences are valid until 31.12.2016. For all transmitters, vertical polarisation, modulation DQPSK and transmission mode I is permitted.

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

Name of the transmitter:   Bratislava – Kamzik

Operator:                         Towercom, Inc.

Frequency block:              12C

ERPmax.:                            3.6 kW (i.e. 35,56 dBW)

Polarisation:                       V

Transmitter site:                 LON 17°E 05' 41"; LAT 48°N 10' 57"; ALT 433 m

Antennas:                          135 m above ground level

Antenna pattern:                D (main direction of radiation: 170°)

 

Last update: 06-09-2017 - 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).

Last update: 02-10-2013

There are currently no news available for this section.

Last update: 22-09-2017 - older versions

The Research Institute of Post and Telecommunications (VÚS) is currently solving a project dealing with emergency warning via digital radio (EWF + Alarm Announcements/ former EWS). The project should be finished in January 2019. The aim is to utilize new features of digital radio in the future and to replace existing EWS, which is widely used in analogue FM / RDS broadcasting for controlling sirens in Slovakia.

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.
From WorldDAB:

Digidia and Towercom Support DAB in Slovakia
WorldDAB Members News - 01.08.2017 - DIGIDIA - 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.
From Radio World:

Towercom and DIGIDIA bring DAB on air in Slovakia
WorldDAB Members News - 21.07.2017 - DIGIDIA - 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.
From DIGIDIA:

Another cloud DAB system goes on-air in Slovakia
WorldDAB Members News - 19.07.2016 - Paneda - 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.
From Paneda:

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.
From Radio World:

DAB\+ tests on air in Košice
07.07.2016 - Slovakia - Slovakia
Towercom, Inc. has begun test broadcasting on DAB+ via a transmitter in Košice. Zsolt Nagy, Technical Director Towercom, Inc. said "today's test transmissions of T-DAB+ are now available in the two largest towns in Slovakia and it is expected that they could be extended even this year to the to the Banská Bystrica region.”
From Towercom:

DAB+ expands to new areas in Slovakia
02.06.2016 - Slovakia - Slovakia
Listeners in the cities of Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, Košice, Nitra Levice can now enjoy digital radio thanks to the continued expansion of the DAB+ in Slovakia.
From Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Postal Services :

RU issues licences for T-DAB for Towercom, Avis
02.06.2016 - Slovakia - Slovakia
Slovak regulator RU has announced that terrestrial digital radio broadcasting will extend its coverage. Radio listeners who have a receiver that supports T-DAB or T-DAB+ can hear digital radio broadcasting in Bratislava, Banska Bystrica, Kosice, Levice and Nitra and their environs, as coverage there is gradually phased in
From Telecompaper :

RU licences for local T-DAB multiplexes to Avis
16.02.2016 - Slovakia - Slovakia
After the issue of licences for the company Towercom for a local T-DAB+ multiplex in Bratislava, the regulator has issued licences for local multiplexes in Nitra and Levice upon request by the company Avis.
From Telecompaper:

Towercom awarded licence for T-DAB+
17.12.2015 - Slovakia - Slovakia
The regulator RU issued a licence for using the frequency 12C for digital terrestrial broadcasting on the standard T-DAB+ (Terestrial-Digital Audio Broadcast) on the local multiplex in Bratislava to Slovak broadcasting operator Towercom.
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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 5.4 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 38%
Services: 57 DAB+
Last update: 24.10.2018

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)