Up to 2 national and 27 regional DAB+ networks to be built in the Czech Republic
Experts and entrepreneurs in the field have until 1 March to submit their comments.
The aim of the tender is the allocation of radio frequencies in band III to bidders for the provision of 2 national and 27 regional DAB+ broadcasting networks. "The conditions for the use of the radio frequencies in question have been set to ensure maximum availability of these new services, while at the same time ensuring their viability for the future holders of the allocations," the authority said.
The initial price coefficient for the allocations has been set at CZK 10,000 per full 100,000 inhabitants. The minimum possible price for the nationwide network is therefore one million Czech crowns.
A company which acquires frequencies for the national networks designated as "B" and "C" must provide coverage of at least 50% of the population of the Czech Republic and at the same time provide coverage of at least 50% of the length of motorways within 18 months from the date of allocation. Within 24 months, it must cover at least 80% of the population of the Czech Republic and at least 80% of the motorway length.
For regional networks R1 to R27, the obligation is to cover at least 50% of the population within 18 months and at least 80% of the population within 24 months.
Only entities that are independent of each other in terms of ownership may participate in the tender procedure. Groups of companies may only submit one application for this tender. Participation in the tender is subject to the provision of a financial guarantee of CZK 100,000.
In the first round of the auction, allocations for national networks B and C will be auctioned. In the second round, allocations for regional networks R1 to R12 will be auctioned, and in the third round, allocations for networks R13 to R27 will be auctioned.
Note: In addition to the commercial networks, Czech Radio has its national DAB+ multiplex. This network is not part of the tender as it is allocated by law.