Austria

Last update: 13-11-2019 - 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 was launched in May 2019, marking the start of a new era for radio broadcasting in Austria.

The first phase of the launch, which has now been completed, saw approximately 60% of the population covered by DAB+ signals.

Phase two will take place in on 11.12.2019 and increase population coverage in the country to 77.6%, while phase three - which will see population coverage reach 79.8% - will take place on 26.05.2020. Finally, the fourth phase of the expansion is set to take place on 25.08.2020, and bring population coverage to 83,5%.

Last update: 16-08-2019 - older versions

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

DAB+ national network expansion in 2019

1) Following the launch of the first expansion phase in May 2019, Vienna-Kahlenberg, Vienna-Liesing, Vienna-DC Tower, Graz-Schöckl, Linz-Lichtenberg and Semmering-Sonnenwendstein were 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.

 

In this country there are

on air.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 2 17 19
Data services 0 1 1
Total21820

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+ network expands in Austria
14.11.2019 - Austria - Austria
Austria's DAB+ network continues to expand as the second phase of the rollout is set to take place in mid-December. The expansion will take place in the western part of the country, and bring total population coverage in the country to 75%.
From Inar:

DAB+ offering grows in Vienna
01.10.2019 - Austria - Austria
The DAB+ offering in Austria continues to grow with Radio Fantasy, a new DAB+ station launching in Vienna this week. Wolfgang Struber, Chairman of the Digital Radio Austria Association and Managing Director of Radio Arabella, welcomed the launch as a sign of Austrian radio's commitment to digitisation.
From dabplus.at:

DAB+ in the spotlight at Austria Media Day
26.09.2019 - Austria - Austria
DAB+ digital radio took centre stage during the Austria Media Day that took place on 25 September. WorldDAB president Patrick Hannon highlighted the significant development of DAB+ in Austria and the rest of Europe, touching on the reasons behind the success of DAB+ radio and stating that radio requires a multi-platform strategy with DAB+ at the heart of it.
From Horizon:

Austria steps up national multiplex development
24.09.2019 - Austria - Austria
The development of Austria's national DAB+ network is in full swing, with the second phase of the rollout - originally expected for March 2020 - set to be completed ahead of schedule, and as early as December this year. Operated by the national public service broadcaster ORS, this expansion stage is set to bring population coverage in the country to 75%.
From ots.at:

Digital radio in the spotlight at Austria Media Day
22.09.2019 - Austria - Austria
DAB+ digital radio is set to be at the heart of discussions for the Austrian Media Day taking place on September 25. Amongst a number of notable speakers, WorldDAB president Patrick Hannon will be taking the stage on behalf of Frontier Smart Technologies to examine the reasons behind the success of DAB+ radio in Europe.
From Horizon.at:

Digital radio launch in Austria exceeds expectations
30.08.2019 - Austria - Austria
The share of DAB+ devices in the radio receiver market already exceeded 32% in the first quarter of 2019. There are currently nine radio stations on the national DAB+ mux, with strong interest from more private broadcasters to broadcast via DAB+.
From Meinungsbarometer.info :

DAB+ expansion is future proof says Radio Technikum
16.08.2019 - Austria - Austria
Reflecting on the launch of Austria's national DAB+ services, Gernot Fischer from Radio Technikum touched on the high number of receivers already sold in Austria, Germany and beyond, pointing to DAB+ as the chore future platform for radio, highlighting that 5G would certainly not replace it, but merely act as a complement.
From Meinungs Barometer:

Energy Austria reaping the benefits of national DAB+ launch
16.08.2019 - Austria - Austria
According to Energy Austria managing director Alexander Wagner, the launch of national DAB+ in Austria in May has already benefited the radio station, which has gained new listeners in parts of Austria where Energy is only available through DAB+.
From Meinungs Barometer:

Analogue-only programs to lose market share says Digital Radio Austria MD
29.07.2019 - Austria - Austria
Touching on the successful launch of regular DAB+ services in Austria, Digitalradio Österreich managing director Matthias Gerwinat highlighted that radio stations opting out of DAB+ should expect to lose market share, as DAB+ radio continues to grow both in Austria and across Europe.
From Infosat:

Second Vienna multiplex sees high demand for DAB+ frequency allocations
29.07.2019 - Austria - Austria
According to the multiplex operator RTG Radio Technikum, all available frequencies for Vienna's second multiplex have been allocated. The multiplex covers the greater Vienna region as well as the northern part of the state of Burgenland in eastern Austria.
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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 8.7 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 61%
Services: 19 DAB+, 1 Data
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: 31.10.2019

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