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Czech Republic: Radiokomunikace Gets Approval for T-DAB+ Trial

Regulator grants one-year license to communications company for tests using 20 KW transmitter in Prague

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.

The license for Radiokomunikace’s usage of blocks on the 12C radio frequencies is limited to one-year, though the experiment can be stopped at any time in that one-year time frame. The goal of this experiment is to test the parameters of radio wave distribution from high power transmitters, mainly in highly populated urban areas.

T-DAB+ could lead to a larger number of available radio channels, a decrease in cost for signal distribution and efficient usage of radio spectrum, say reports. According to Telecompaper, this is the largest experiment of T-DAB+, with the results assisting in the planning of future T-DAB+ networks.

The experiment will not be used for commercial purposes and broadcasting may be interrupted for changes in technology parameters.