Austria

Last update: 28-02-2019 - older versions

Following the launch of the regional DAB+ network in the eastern region of Austria in April 2018, a national DAB+ network operated by ORS will launch on 28 May 2019 with more radio programs across Austria (approximately 9-10 to start), marking the start of a new era for radio broadcasting in Austria.

The operator's plan is to build the transmitters in there phases. Phase one in May 2019 will see approximately 60% of the population covered by DAB+ signals, phase two will take place in April 2020 year, and finally phase three will take place in September next year and result in approximately about 80% population coverage.

On 2 August 2018, ORS comm GmbH & Co KG was granted a licence for the operation of the nationwide DAB+ multiplex for a period of 10 years. Within the next three years, first the provincial capitals and important traffic routes will be covered, with a planned total DAB+ coverage of approximately 83 per cent of the Austrian population.

Austrian telecommunications regulator RTR has committed to provide four million euros from its digitisation fund to support the introduction of DAB+ digital radio in Austria.

 

 

 

Last update: 22-01-2019 - older versions

Coverage of the regular DAB+ multiplex on air in Austria is available at https://dabplus.at/empfang/

About 2.8 million people in Vienna the surrounding area are within the coverage agrea.

Coverage of the regular DAB multiplex currently on air in Vienna is shown as follows: 

Coverage in the North:

Coverage in the South:

Coverage in the East:

Coverage in the West:


DAB+ national network expansion in 2019

Following the launch of the regional DAB+ network for the eastern region of Austria in April 2018, the national DAB+ network will launch on 28 May 2019. Over the next three years starting Jauary 2019, first the provincial capitals and important traffic routes will be covered, with a planned total coverage of approximately 83 per cent of the Austrian population.

1) On May 28, 2019, Vienna-Kahlenberg, Vienna-Liesing, Vienna-DC Tower, Graz-Schöckl, Linz-Lichtenberg and Semmering-Sonnenwendstein will be jointly connected. In the course of this first expansion phase, Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria and Upper Austria will be able to receive DAB+, with almost 60% of the Austrian population covered with a DAB+ signal.

2) The commissioning phase of the nationwide MUX will take place on March 31, 2020 and will include the locations Bregenz-Pfänder, Innsbruck-Patscherkofel, Salzburg-Gaisberg and St. PöltenJauerling. With this expansion stage, up to 75% of the Austrian population will be covered with DAB+ reception.

3) In the third stage of development, Carinthia will be opened up to receive DAB+, while the reception of DAB+ in Styria and Burgenland will be further expanded. This commissioning phase is scheduled for September 22, 2020 and will cover Bruck an der Mur-Mugl, Klagenfurt-Dobratsch, Rechnitz-Hirschenstein and Wolfsberg-Koralpe relate. The third expansion phase will increase coverage to major metropolitan areas to 83% of the Austrian population.

 

Last update: 05-04-2018 - older versions

In this country there is

on air.

One regular multiplex is in operation in Vienna and has space allocated for 17 stations. There are currently 13 DAB+ audio services and two data services (EWS and EPG) on air.

 

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 4 11 15

Last update: 03-02-2017 - older versions

Cum. receiver sales ~400.000 (incl. line fit automotive)

Last update: 22-05-2019 - older versions

In May 2019, ahead of the launch of the national DAB+ network, the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting (RTR) released a report (here) including information on the network expansion plans and the area covered by the expansion, as well as some findings on consumer receiver sales in Austria, specifically –

  • Sales of DAB+ devices in Austria rose by 77% in 2018
  • Sales of DAB+ devices in Austria rose by 66% in Q1 2019
  • Sales of non-DAB+ devices in Austria declined by 20% in Q1 2019

 

Last update: 05-04-2018 - older versions

DAB+ trial May 2015- April 2018

In Vienna, DAB+ was tested in a pilot project until 7th April 2018, when it became a regular operation. Two transmitters operated as a single frequency network, with one transmitting a 10kW signal. This test mode was originally scheduled to last 10 months from May 28th 2015. Vienna’s DAB+ testing period was extended by one year by media regulator KommAustria. The pilot project was approved by the broadcasting regulator, KommAustria. The multiplex platform operator ORS comm GmbH & Co KG was able to test transmission capacities on "VIENNA 8 (Liesing) channel 11D", "Wien 9 (DC Tower 1) channel 11D" and "Wien 8 (Liesing) channel 12B". Items which were tested in the pilot project were, for example, switching between two frequency blocks (11D and 12B) and their impact on the recipient.

Previous Trials

Two DAB trials ended in 2008. One began in 1999 in the capital Vienna and covered up to 1.73 million people, the other one started in 2000 in the federal state of Tyrol (two sites near the capital of Innsbruck) and covered round about 295,000 people, approximately 40% of the Tyrolian population. The two trials were run by the public broadcaster ORF, with only ORF programs transmitted. About 19% of Austria’s population was covered by a T-DAB signal.

In 2011 the network operator ORS GmbH, a 60% subsidiary of the ORF, made plans to launch a DAB+ trial in 2012 but stopped the project in autumn 2011.

The trial that ended in 2008 included three transmitters in Vienna on Channel 12B. The multiplex featured classical music, Radio Wien (local station), pop music and FM4 pop music (all by ORF). The Austrian public broadcaster ORF was also awarded a DAB digital radio trial licence for the Federal State of Tyrol. ORF set up two DAB digital radio transmitters in Tyrol, covering the Inn Valley between Kufstein and the Brenner Mountain (Channel 12C). Ö1, Ö3, FM4 and the regional station Radio Tyrol, were available on the multiplex. This meant that there was continuous DAB coverage between South Germany and Northern Italy.

These tests have taken place behind closed doors. 

 

Last update: 03-08-2018 - older versions

The market is regulated by the Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria) and by the Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs-GmbH, RTR) that provides operational support for KommAustria.

Austria is committed to a digital radio future and a report by the regulators, the Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria) and RTR-GmbH recommended DAB+ in Band III as the way forward.  A working group was created in 2009 and its members are stakeholders from the Austrian radio market who represent opponents and proponents of digital radio. It consists of the regulatory authority, the public broadcaster ORF, the commercial and non-commercial broadcasters associations, the electronic industry and consumer associations. The group is watching and evaluating the progress of digital radio in other European countries. 

Success factors for the introduction of DAB+ in Austria

  • Active will of the Federal Government to digitise terrestrial radio broadcasting as the last media genre, which has not yet been able to experience terrestrial digitisation in Austria. Thus securing the media and economic location of Austria in order to create non-disruptive, non-Austrian offers. Solving the frequency problem, coordinating with the neighboring countries, and the economic use of the existing broadcasting systems with an active decision for a terrestrial digitisation of the radio broadcast.
  • New programming possibilities for private radio operators. More than two programs are to be made available by an organizer. The number is intended to regulate the market and for a further development of the radio, a maximum of two programmes must be given by one organiser.
  • New possibilities for public broadcasters. In addition to the national programs of public-law audiovisual broadcasting, max. 2 other nationwide, non-regionalisable, advertising-free (!) Programs are made possible.
  • Change of ORF-G, PrR-G and AMD-G with regard to the possibilities offered by the program and service providers (programs, data, additional services, etc.).
  • Promotion of program providers from the digitisation fund for the time of the simulcast. The increase in the allocation of the digitisation fund from currently EUR 500 TSD p.a. To EUR 1.2 million p.a .. Prioritisation of the digitisation fund for the agendas of the digitisation of terrestrial radio broadcasting.
  • Compulsory equipment for newly registered vehicles from 2017 with DAB+ enabled terminals (traffic safety). The need of TPEG-Services is evident.
  • From 2017 onwards, each newly-placed radio receiver intended for terrestrial reception must be capable of receiving digital signals corresponding to a standard of a recognised European standard organisation.

Last update: 30-07-2018 - older versions

The association 'Digital Radio Austria' is an initiative to develop the media genre radio, which is supported by the Association of the electrical and electronics industry, together with research institutions, private radio operators, manufacturers and dealers. The club members have set themselves the goal of establishing digital radio in Austria. For more information please visit, http://www.digitalradio-oesterreich.com/.

DAB+ receiver sales on the rise as Austria prepares for nationwide DAB+ launch
22.05.2019 - Austria - Austria
DAB+ receiver sales continue to rise in Austria as the country prepares for the launch of its national DAB+ network on 28 May 2019. According to the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting (RTR), sales of DAB+ devices in Austria rose by 77 percent in 2018, and by 66 percent in the first three months of 2019 - a period in which sales of devices without DAB+ declined by 20 percent.
From Elektro:

Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting releases new report ahead of national DAB+ launch
21.05.2019 - Austria - Austria
RTR, the Austrian Regulatory Authority, has released a report ahead of the country's launch of its national DAB+ network, planned for 28 May 2019. The report includes information on the network expansion plans and the area covered by the expansion, as well as details on the receivers available to consumers in Austria.
From RTR:

Austria prepares for national DAB+ launch
16.05.2019 - Austria - Austria
One year after the launch of the regional DAB+ network in Vienna, Austria is setting the ground for the launch of the national DAB+ network in August. In this interview, Digitalradio Austria Director Wolfgang Struber shares his experiences, enthusiasm and expectations of DAB+ and the nationwide launch of DAB+ this summer.
From Elektro:

Austria prepares for national DAB+ ensemble launch in May
25.04.2019 - Austria - Austria
The launch of Austria's new national DAB+ multiplex is set to take place on 28 May 2019. At least nine stations are expected to broadcast on the multiplex, which will also be audible in certain parts of southwestern Germany.

TechniSat back radio digitisation with launch of new DAB+ receivers
16.04.2019 - Austria - Austria
Following the launch of its Digitradio 1 DAB+ radio in 2017 - the first DAB+ radio launched by TechniSat - the German manufacturer has launched three additional DAB+ radios - namely the Digitradio 2, Digitradio 2 S and the high-end Digitradio 3.
From Elektro:

Austrian online consumer electronics portal ‘Futurezone’ educates Austrian consumers about DAB+
03.04.2019 - Austria - Austria
Austrian online consumer electronics portal ‘Futurezone’ has published an article aiming to inform Austrian consumers about DAB+. This article contains detailed information including which radio stations are starting to broadcast via DAB+ in April 2019, and the impact of EU legislation mandating digital radio in new cars from 2021.
From Future Zone:

9 additional nationwide radio stations to be available in Austria in May
30.01.2019 - Austria - Austria
The new DAB+ stations - which include Klassik Radio, Radio Energy, Arabella Plus and Rock Antenne - will be launched as part of the nationwide launch of DAB+ in Austria on 28 May 2019. By 2020, it is estimated that 83 percent of the Austrian population will be covered by DAB+.
From Salzburger Nachrichten:

DAB+ in Austria - 60% population coverage by May 2019
28.01.2019 - Austria - Austria
The DAB+ network in Austria is set to expand in 2019 with the launch of the new multiplex due to take place in May. The first set of the expansion will see almost 60% of the population covered by DAB+, with the following expansions plans in March and September 2020 set to increase that number to 83%.
From Wiener Zeitung:

More digital radio for Austria as DAB+ launches nationally
22.01.2019 - Austria - Austria
Following the launch of the regional DAB+ network operation for the eastern region of Austria in April 2018, the DAB+ network will be launching in Vienna on 28 May 2019, making more radio programs available across Austria, and marking the first of three phases in the expansion of the nationwide DAB+ multiplex in the country.
From dabplus.at:

DAB+ expands in Germany and Austria
14.01.2019 - Austria - Austria - Germany - Germany
DAB+ continues its expansion in Germany, with Antenne Deutschland - a joint venture between Media Broadcast and Absolut Digital - due to start building and operating the country's second national network. In Austria, ORS - a subsidiary of the Austrian public broadcaster - will be launching the new multiplex in Vienna in May 2019, with 85% of the population of the country expected to be covered with DAB+ by 2020.
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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 8.7 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 29%
Services: 15 DAB+
Receiver sales (cumulative): 500,000 devices
Total Sales (cumulative): 500,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 13%
Penetration by population: Sparkline Graph 6%
Last update: 27.02.2019

Useful Links

Digital Radio Oesterreich
Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria)
Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs-GmbH
The Telekom-Control Commission - an independent authority