Romania grants DTT licences

June 10, 2014 12.52 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

The Romanian regulator ANCOM has awarded licences for three DTT multiplexes to the national transmission company SNR (Radiocom).

In a statement, it says that the total licence fee, amounting to 1,020,002, will have to be paid within 90 calendar days, after which the licences will be formally issuesd.

They will be valid for a period of 10 years and take effect from June 17, 2015, the date Romania officially completes the transition to digital broadcasting.

The first of the multiplexes (MUX1) will be UHF and carry free-to-air channels.

It will be required to offer fixed reception to 90% of the population and 80% of the territory of Romania by December 31, 2016.

The second and third multiplexes (also UHF) will meanwhile have to be up and running by May 1, 2017, with each employing at least 36 transmitters in the areas they cover.

Significantly, no mention was made by ANCOM about two further multiplexes SNR was contesting with RCS&RDS, the other bidder.