DAB/dab + around the world
Norway is not alone in transitioning from FM to dab/dab +
Norway is the first to extinguish FM. This happened during the 2017 and applies to all Rikskringkastede radio stations.
However, Norway is in no way alone in digitizing the radio. On this page we have collected information from WorldDAB. Below you'll see all the countries that are sending DAB/dab + and have more or less concrete plans for a final transition from FM to dab/dab +.
You also get a list of the countries that Pt. Have the Prøvsendinger (bottom left) of dab/DAB + and on the lower right an overview of countries that have demonstrated interest and/or are in the process of adopting the future of radio.
If Norwegian media or others say that Norway is the only country that has extinguished FM, they are absolutely right. Some have to go first and Norway has made the most important experience now shared with the countries that follow.
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DAB/dab + in Australia
DAB/dab + in useIn Australia they have aired on DAB + since 2009. Signals cover 65% of the country's population and there are 46% of households using DAB +.
On June 21, 2018 there were a total of sold 3.419.000 DAB radios in Australia. Read many more facts about DAB in Australia here.
DAB/dab + in Austria
DAB/dab + in useIn Austria, 29% of the population has DAB coverage. There are sold about 500.000 radios with dab PR 29. August 2017.
On April 4, 2018 were tested in Vienna and the surrounding areas were retried for permanent broadcasts of DAB +. In 2019, Austria opens its first nationwide DAB + network, with 11 radio stations at DAB + across the country.
Approximately 6% of the population uses DAB + PR 29.08.17, and the figure has in response to unofficial measurements increased sharply in 2018.
Read more facts about DAB in Austria here.
DAB/dab + in Belgium
DAB/dab + in useIn Belgium, 95% of the population has DAB coverage. There are sold about 390.000 radios with DAB +, PR 17. May 2018.
The coverage for DAB + in Belgium is planned for extended to 99% of the population during 2018.
The authorities have a policy for the extinguishing of FM, which is similar to the Norwegian, with a claim to provision of the turn off date when digital listening passes 50%.
Currently, only 25% of new cars are sold DAB +.
You can read more about DAB in Belgium here.
DAB + in the Czech Republic
DAB + in use62% of the Czech population have access to DAB +. There are 29 dab + channels on the air in the country per 01.02.2018.
Czech Radio has a DAB + transmitter (a multiplex with a space for 19 radio stations) in permanent operation in Prague. There are three multiplexes in operation in the Czech Republic.
Czech radio now builds several broadcasting networks, which will cover the areas around Brno, Ostrava and Pilsen.
You can read more about DAB + in the Czech Republic here. You can also download a PDF with summary of DAB + in the Czech Republic Here.
DAB/dab + in Denmark
DAB/dab + in useDenmark has 98% population coverage for DAB/dab +. There are 14 dab and 14 dab + channels on the air, as per 17.05.2018. In total it sold 1.900.000 radios with dab/dab +.
The Danish authorities have proposed a extinguishing of FM for national radio at the latest in the year 2021, or when 50% of radio listening is digital-if it occurs first. You can read more about this in This document (Danish).
In the first quarter of 2018, 28% of all radio listening in Denmark was digital. 46% of the population has access to a DAB radio. There is consensus in Denmark that an extinguishing of FM is desirable and not a question of "if," but "when." In Denmark, it is also actively working To inform that anyone, even the business community, can open their own radio station and reach out to the entire population.
You can read more about DAB/dab + in Denmark here.
DAB + in France
DAB + in usePr 22. June 2018 There were 19% population coverage for DAB + in France. There are 166 DAB + channels on the air and there are sold 1.438.000 dab radios.
In December 2017, CSA announced a new strategy to accelerate the development of DAB +, after some years of lukewarm attitude to digital radio. Further development is divided into three phases, the first already completed in July/August 2018. Over the course of 2 years, 70% of the French population will have access to DAB +.
You can read more about DAB + in France On their official information page.
The regions that are being developed first are regions with 175.000 or more inhabitants. In much of France, you will also be able to receive DAB channels from neighbouring countries, which have well-developed networks.
You can read more About DAB + in France here.
DAB + in Germany
DAB + in use97% of Germany's population is covered by DAB + and they can receive a single 150 channels on DAB +. It is sold 9.910.000 dab radios and 18% of the population owns a dab + radio.
German broadcasters and authorities have been in forefront for a joint European initiative to introduce DAB + throughout the EU. Their wish is that all radios sold in Germany should have DAB + receiver. In Germany, DAB + has received its first national broadcast since the second. World war ii. Radio Deutschland (covering the entire country) has recently announced that they are extinguishing their FM transmitter in two regions and thus are doing the German FM extinguishing.
You can read more about DAB + in Germany here.
DAB + in Gibraltar
DAB + in use90% of the population of Gibraltar (of 31.000 people) has DAB + coverage. Approximately 70% of households have DAB + PR 2013.
There has not been much since 2013 in Gibraltar, when only 4 channels are broadcast on DAB +. These are also broadcast on FM.
Info page about DAB + in Gibraltar.
DAB + in the Vatican
DAB + in useAbout 600 people lived in the Vatican City in 2017. These all have access to 7 channels on DAB +. Broadcasts started in 2007 and have remained unchanged since. The same drives are broadcast on FM.
Infoside About DAB + at the Vatican can be found here.
DAB in Ireland
DAB in use52% of Ireland's population is covered by the national broadcaster RTÉs Multiplex, developed with 5 transmitters. Broadcasts have been going on since 2009 and coverage is available in the main cities. Commercial players have not yet begun to send in DAB in Ireland.
It is expected that Ireland will switch to DAB +. There are 10 channels in dab, and there are sold 400.000 DAB radios. Approximately 17% of households have a DAB radio.
Here You can find the info page about DAB in Ireland.
DAB + in Italy
DAB + in useIn Italy, 83% of the population is covered with DAB + signals. It's sold 3.200.000 DAB radios. Pr 17. May 2018, statistics say that only 3% of Italian households have a DAB + radio. There are 136 DAB + channels on the air in Italy in total.
On 29 December 2017, Italian authorities announced "Budget Law number 205", this was featured in "Official Journal number 302" and entered into force the 01.01.2018.
In article 1, which 1044 states that all radios sold in Italy after 1. January 2020 should have a digital radio receiver.
5 of the 10 channels on the air that are from the national broadcaster RAI, are DAB-only channels. The other 5 are also broadcast on FM.
The north-Italian region of South Tyrol started the FM extinguishing in 2017. 5 groupings of Lokalradio stations are already broadcasting in DAB + in Italy. The authorities have been focusing on development along highways and in major cities. There has been a new binding cooperation in Italy for further focus on DAB +.
Here you will find the info page about DAB + in Italy.
DAB + in Kuwait
DAB + in useIn Kuwait there is 100% coverage for DAB +. There are 16 channels that broadcast on DAB + and everyone can theoretically listen, according to information from WorldDAB PR 10. May 2018.
Several DAB stations are expected on the air for the 4.4 million inhabitants of Kuwait. DAB + has been in use in Kuwait since the 13th. October 2014.
You'll find the info page about DAB + in Kuwait here.
DAB + on Malta
DAB + in useMalta's population of approximately 500.000 has had DAB + on the air ever since 2008. Approximately 25% of the population has a DAB + receiver according to numbers from 4. April 2018.
There are 53 channels on the air in total and these are spread over two national multiplexer. Coverage is 100%, so anyone who wants can hear DAB + in Malta. 25% of the listening already occurred at the end of the 2012 in DAB +. You can find the info page about DAB + on Malta here.
DAB + in Monaco
DAB + in useThere are a scant 40.000 inhabitants in Monaco. There are 100% DAB coverage in the state. Monaco wants to use DAB + to also invite international stations to send with them. Radio Orient, Pure Radio, Virgin Radio and Fréquence Mistral are among the international stations that are already on the air.
In total there are 18 stations at DAB + in Monaco. The first multiplex in Monaco came on the air in April 2014. The second was turned on 2. January 2016.
Here you will find more information about DAB + in Monaco.
DAB + in Holland
DAB + in useThere are 95% population coverage for DAB + in Holland. Many people mention Holland as the most successful country for DAB, because sales of appliances have increased very lately in the past year. Pr 17. May 2018 it sold 875.000 radios with DAB + in Holland.
There are a total of 112 channels on DAB + and the commercial national broadcaster (VCR) increased the number of channels from 4 to 15 when they started broadcasting on DAB +. The national broadcaster (NPO) went from 9 to 18 channels of DAB +. In Holland, 90% of the population listens to radio every week (age 10 +).
Here you will find info about DAB + in Holland.
DAB/dab + in Norway
DAB/dab + in useNorway was the first country to put out FM for its national channels. This happened in 2017 and last FM national transmitters were extinguished 13. December 2017. 99.7% of the population lives within the dab/dab + coverage and it is sold about 6 million recipients as of September 2018.
83% of households have access to DAB + radio. Radio Norge and P4 transmitters (as of September 2018) still in DAB while all other channels (213 total, all over the country – all multiplexes with the rain) are broadcasting on DAB +.
Here you will find DAB/DAB + info page in Norway (at WorldDAB)
DAB + in Poland
DAB + in useIn Poland, 56% of the population has coverage for DAB + signals. At a conference in May 2018, the Chairman of the Board of KRRiT, Witold Kolodziejski, stated that the organisation considered DAB + as its successor for FM in Poland.
DAB + has been on the air since October 2013. Then the broadcasts began in Warsaw and Katowice. In 2014 four cities were digitized. A further 12 cities were given DAB + spring 2015. In December 2015, Polski Radio broadcasts also started in Solec Kujawski.
Here is the link to infoside for DAB + in Poland.
DAB + in Slovenia
DAB + in useThere are 73% population coverage for DAB + in Slovenia. There are 12 stations on the air at DAB + (per 16.02.17). In November 2017, the Broadcasting Council in Slovenia adopted the main channels of Slovenian radio to be moved from FM to DAB + the 22.02.2022, they call the date of "The day of the second technology".
DAB + NET has been operational since the 19th. September 2016. With all licenses there are PR September 2018 18 radio stations that can transmit or transmit on DAB +.
For DAB + in Slovenia you will find here.
DAB +/DMB in South Korea
DAB/DMB in useIn South Korea there is DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting), mobile TV that drives the sale of devices with DAB +. DMB and DAB + are sent over the same transmission network. It is sold 62.000.000 devices with DMB in South Korea and all these devices can also take on the 2 DAB channels that are shipped in the country. DAB/DMB-Net covers 90% of population and 50% of them use DMB/DAB.
The most popular devices with DMB receiver are mobile phones and South Koreans watching TV on these wherever they are located, thanks to well developed DMB/DAB networks.
Based on this good network, Korean authorities have set up a Digitalradio project that wants to focus on radio as well as MobilTV.
Both Samsung and LG have launched smart-devices with the DMB/DAB receiver.
Info page For South Korea you can find here.
DAB/dab + in Spain
DAB/dab + in useSpain built out its DAB network to 52% of its population, until June 2011. In June 2011, the Council of Ministers of Spain adopted a digitization plan. In this device, the DAB network would be built down from 52% to about 20% to facilitate the transition from DAB to DAB +. At the same time, test changes should be made in DAB +. As per 10.07.2015, there were 20% population coverage for DAB/DAB + in Spain. 18 channels shipped on DAB and 1 broadcast on DAB +.
Today, Spain is in the midst of a report that will reveal the plans for the way forward to a possible extinguishing of FM in the country. Much of the radio industry in Spain feels threatened by a transition to DAB +. Many cars are sold today with DAB + included, and Spain has emphasized that the EU has now proposed a law that requires DAB + in all new cars. Spokeswoman Carles Mulet from "Compromis Party" in Spain have advocated that the country must be given digitization on the agenda. He refers to Norway, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom and believes that the goal must be to digitize the radio in Spain.
Here are infoside about dab/dab + in Spain.
DAB/dab + in Sweden
DAB/dab + in useThe DAB broadcasts in Sweden started about simultaneously with Norway, in 1995. Today, coverage is about 35% of the population, and it is mainly Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö which are covered by the combined 26 dab/dab + channels that are broadcast.
The authorities in Sweden have said that the question of further development of DAB + in the country can be retaken, but only after thorough evaluation of other European countries ' experiences, in particular Norway. You can read a review of the course of events in Sweden Here.. There you can also download the Swedish Government's original plan (of 2014) for the digitization of Radio, a plan that was rejected by later government in 2015.
Over 3 million Swedes live in the coverage area for DAB/dab + in Sweden per 2018.
DAB/dab + in Switzerland
DAB/dab + in useFrom 2020 plans The Swiss radio industry to phase out FM. In June 2018, the Switzerland ´ 's Migration Group (DigiMig) proposed that the country would extinguish FM in 2021, in a process that would last for one year. The final plan is expected in 2019 and the supposed FM-extinguishing is expected to be 2022-2024.
Most radio stations broadcast on both FM and DAB + in Switzerland today, but ever increasing number of channels are sending DAB + only. The DAB + coverage is 99.5% in Switzerland. There are 15 dab and 121 dab + stations on the air overall. It's sold about 3.500.000 radios with dab/dab +. 85% of all new cars sold have DAB +. On August 30, 2018, it was announced that 63% of all radio listening is now digital in Switzerland.
Here you will find infoside about dab/dab + in Switzerland.
DAB/dab + in the UK
DAB/dab + in useOfficial figures show that there are 97.3 population coverage for DAB in the UK. The most DAB broadcasts are on the air, so the transition to DAB + is in front of the British. 487 channels total broadcasts of DAB and only 8 on DAB +. (number as of July 13, 2018).
It is sold together 35.645.000 receivers with DAB/dab + in UK. Of these are considered 11.000.000 as original installations in cars.
62% of all households use DAB/dab +. The United Kingdom has similar requirements for extinguishing FM as Norway had. Among other things, the requirement that more than 50% of radio listening is digital. The latest figures from the UK (Q2 2018) show that 50.2% is now listening digitally. Details about the turn off plan and criteria can be read at Here on the government web site. Little has happened there since 2014, and the British expect now an indication of which way the country should go, after the claim was achieved.
Infoside about DAB/dab + in the UK can be found here.
Countries that have tried endings
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United Arab Emirates
In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Capital Radio has recently stated that they will Start broadcasts of DAB + within 6-8 months.