Applications open for Multiplex operators in Austria

KommAustria has opened its application process for a licence to operate the first Austrian multiplex. All applications must be in by September 1st 2005.
The successful applicant will be responsible for all aspects of the digital process from assembling the multiplex, signal distribution and its transmission.

The Austrian plan for digital introduction is in five stages.
Stage 1: Preparatory phase (end of 2005)
Test operation in Graz, frequency planning, multiplex advertising process.
Stage 2: Staring period 2006
Country wide structure to cover major cities (middle of 2006)
Edition: 60% Coverage one year after licence assignment
Stage 3: Transfer phase (2007 to 2010)
Region by region transfer from analogue to digital when 90% of the population can receive DTT as well as 25% able to receive DTT indoors.
Stage 4: Analogue turn off (starting from 2010)
During the switch off phase additional space will be available for an additional 5 to 6 multiplexes which will then be offered for new multiplex operator applications.
Source: KommAustria
Item added: 23rd May 2005 !