International Agreements on Digital Television Frequency Allocation Concluded

 Zagreb, 14 December 2017 – In the recent years the technology development has brought a new and more efficient digital TV system DVB-T2 as well as a new and more efficient coding system H.265 / HEVC. In order to enable economical transmission of high definition television content ("HD") in terrestrial networks and facilitate the development of new services, it is necessary to switch to a more efficient DVB-T2 system with H.265 / HEVC video encoding. The DVB-T2 system with comparable reception conditions offers greater flexibility and up to 50% higher transmission capacity compared to the DVB-T system. By means of introducing new standards it is possible to use the radio frequency spectrum more efficiently and take advantage of a smaller spectrum to transmit existing channels or improve their quality, thus releasing the radio frequency spectrum of second digital  dividends for services in mobile networks.

In order to complete the transition process as smoothly as possible and harmonized, the draft of the Digital Terrestrial Television Switchover Strategy to the DVB-T2 system and the 700 MHz bandwidth will be in the process of defining a specific timeline for switching to DVB- T2 with H.265 / HEVC encoding. The DVB-T2 - H.265 / HEVC system is expected to broadcast high-definition content ("HD") to all national coverage programs.

By signing the agreement on the allocation of radio spectrum, the Republic of Croatia has fulfilled its obligation to the European Commission and it is ready to wait for further activities for the allocation of  "Second digital dividend".

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