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The A/D switchover process in Croatia

 

The A/D switchover process in Croatia was completed on 31 December 2010. This newsletter provides the current information on the development of the DTT market in Croatia.
 
Currently, the DTT platform provides services from three multiplexes (MUX A, MUX B and MUX D), offering 30 programs  on national, regional and local level. All of the services on these multiplexes are available free-to-air and use the MPEG-2 encoding standard.
 
In order to determine interest in the market for the provision of new services on the DTT platform, HAKOM performed public consultation from November 2010 till the end of February 2011, inviting potential service providers to comment on how additional DTT capacity should be used. Possible uses include pay-DTT, mobile television and HD services. HAKOM used the results of this consultation as the basis for its decision on the remaining available radiofrequency spectrum usage.
 
In August 2011 HAKOM started a tendering procedure for granting the license for spectrum usage for managing two digital television networks for two new multiplexes (MUX C and MUX E) country wide. 
In the meanwhile the first test transmission of the DVB-T2 system started in September 2011 in Zagreb.
 
After finalization of tendering procedure the license for two digital television networks for multiplexes MUX C and MUX E was issued to the consortium of Croatian companies (HP Produkcija d.o.o., Odašiljači i veze d.o.o. and  Hrvatska pošta d.d.). According to the offer and issued license, license holders will provide pay TV services, as well as other services based on MPEG-4 encoding standard and conditional access system within the multiplexes using DVB-T2 transmission standard. It is expected that new services will be commercially available in the first half of 2012.
 
Launch of new services will allow the DTT platform to stabilize, if not reinforce, its market position. However, the success of the DTT platform will also depend on neighbouring countries abiding by international frequency plans. Since 9 December 2010, the Croatian DTT platform has suffered from interferences caused by uncoordinated DVB-T transmission sites in a neighbouring country. This has resulted in areas in the north western part of the Adriatic coastal region, Istria County, being unable to receive national DVB-T services.

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