Romania unveils digital strategy

Romania’s Ministry of Communications has produced a strategic plan for the transition to digital broadcasting. According to Media Expres, it envisages a maximum of five national UHF multiplexes, a national VHF multiplex and a multiplex allocated to regional and local services, all in accordance with the ITU Geneva Conference RRC-06.

DTT services will make their debut in Romania this December, and given the short timeframe it seems almost certain that the state-owned transmission company Radiocom will operate the first multiplex.

It is expected the first two multiplexes will reach 60% of the population and cover 50% of Romania by the end of 2010, with the figures rising to 90% and 80% respectively at the end of 2011.

ASO will take at the beginning of 2012 at the latest.