Slovakia: Commercial DVB-T broadcasting to start at the end of 2009
September 24th, 2009 - 12:31 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.
Commercial digital terrestrial television broadcasting (DVB-T) in Slovakia will begin at the end of this year. The spokesman for the Slovak Telecommunications Office, Roman Vavro, told the SITA newswire that “according to valid and effective licences for transmission of television programme service in the DVB-T standard, which the Telecommunications Office issued to the company Towercom, the holder of the licences is obliged to launch commercial services of the first multiplex network on December 31, 2009 and at that time signal must cover 79.7 percent of the population.”
Subsequently, by the end of March 2010 the DVB-T signal will cover 89.4 percent. The second multiplex and the public-service multiplex will be in commercial operation as of June 30, 2010. Vavro further stated in an official press release that the licence holder will support the state information campaign before the DVB-T service is launched into commercial operation. The licences came into force on 23 September 2009. On 9 September the Telecommunications Office issued 35 licences to Towercom which had won a tender to operate DVB-T in Slovakia.