Three DTT Licences granted

The Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has granted three DVB-T digital television broadcasting licences, the CTU announced on its web site, according to the Interfax news agency. The licences have been awarded to state-owned Cesky Telecom, the number two firm on the telecommunications market Ceske radiokomunikace (CRa) and the Czech Digital Group company.
The companies, which have been testing the services since 2000, say they will be ready to start digital TV broadcasting in several months. In the initial phase, CRa will cover Prague, Brno and Ostrava. CT will cover Prague, Brno, Ceske Budejovice, Plzen, Karlovy Vary, Usti nad Labem. Liberec, Hradec Kralove, Pardubice and Olomouc.                                                                                                           Previously four CDG and five Cra channels where on air from two transmitters covering 50km around Prague. Radio channels and MHP applications were also tested during the trial period.
Experts estimate that traditional analogue broadcasting in the Czech Republic could wind down in 2010-2012. In September 2004 Sophia Digital announced that it was to deliver its Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) service to Cesky Telecom. The order includes a solution for MHP Service Management and a platform for creating browser-based MHP services such as super-teletext, shopping, e-mail and voting. Additionally Sophia Digital is to deliver Cesky an electronic programme guide (EPG) platform, games and an interactive news ticker service. Source

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Last page update: 19th December 2011, Barry Tew