Approaches to the Digitisation of Audio Broadcasting in V4 Countries
Project Description

Based on the Communication from the Commission COM(2005) 204, majority of EU countries concluded the switch-over process from analogue to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting in 2012. Concerning digital audio broadcasting, similar EU document has not been published yet. Therefore the countries try to solve these problems individually. It can result in some difficulties in fields of frequency planning, economy, social relations, etc.

Similar to television, the radio (audio) broadcasting is also considered as an important mean of communication with population, both on national and local level. At present, in particular VHF band is used for analogue (FM) broadcasting. However, this band is already saturated. Due to the possibility to transfer several audio services in once multiplex using one frequency block, as well as the possibility to construct Single Frequency Networks, new digital systems of terrestrial audio broadcasting enable more effective usage of the frequency spectrum, with increasing capacity of media space and providing more sound and data services for population.

To achieve benefits of digitalisation, it is desirable to harmonise processes in individual countries from the technical (“frequency”) and time point of view as much as possible.

The goal of proposed project is to highlight potential technical, economical and social aspects of digitalisation in V4 countries, to exchange experiences and future intents and to look for common solutions / strategies with benefits for broadcasters, network operators and population. For this purpose the international conference will be organised.