Austria

Last update: 13.05.2020 - 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 and second phases of the launch, which have now been completed, saw DAB+ population coverage reach 77%. Phase three - which will see population coverage reach 79.8% - is set to take place on 26.05.2020, while the fourth phase of the expansion, due for 25.08.2020, is expected to bring population coverage to 83.5%.

Last update: 13.05.2020 - 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 took place on March 31, 2020 and included the locations Bregenz-Pfänder, Innsbruck-Patscherkofel, Salzburg-Gaisberg and St. PöltenJauerling. With this expansion stage, 75% of the Austrian population is 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 18 20
Data services 0 1 1
Total21921

Last update: 03.02.2017 - older versions

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

Last update: 16.04.2020 - 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/.

KommAustria launches nationwide DAB+ digital radio in Austria
03.08.2018 - Austria Austria
Media authority KommAustria has for the first time granted a licence for a nationwide, DAB+ multiplex that will enable 11 commercial radio stations to broadcast via digital radio.

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Nationwide digital radio in Austria can start in 2019
03.08.2018 - Austria Austria
Media authority KommAustria has for the first time granted a licence for a nationwide, DAB+ multiplex that will enable 11 commercial radio stations to broadcast via digital radio.

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KommAustria awards licence to ORS comm for DAB+ multiplex
03.08.2018 - Austria Austria
Austrian regulator KommAustria has awarded a licence for DAB+ multiplex to ORS comm from 4 April 2019 for a period of ten years. Based on the licence, 11 private radio channels will broadcast nationwide in the new radio broadcasting standard DAB+. Some of them are new and some have been broadcasting only regionally.

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DAB+ to become available nationwide in Austria
03.08.2018 - Austria Austria
Up to 83% of the Austrian population will receive DAB+ radio programming as the country's media regulator KommAustria has awarded the first nationwide DAB+ multiplex to network operator ORS. Digitalradio Österreich chairman Wolfgang Struber: "Our goal is to provide all listeners in Austria with more radio services on DAB+. We are very pleased about the positive license notification to the ORS for the national radio coverage."

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Austria to launch nationwide DAB+ in 2019
03.08.2018 - Austria Austria
KommAustria has issued a 10-year DAB+ multiplex licence to network operator ORS, enabling 11 commercial radio stations to broadcast nationwide, some of which are new, and others are currently broadcast regionally. Said Michael Ogris, Chairman of KommAustria: “DAB+ is the way out of the FM radio frequency scarcity in Austria and allows much more radio programme variety."

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DAB+ services to launch nationwide across Austria
03.08.2018 - Austria Austria
The Austrian broadcast regulator KommAustria has granted a licence for a period of ten years to the company ORS for the operation of a new nationwide DAB+ network.

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RFmondial supplies DAB+ gear to RTG Radio Technikum
10.07.2018 - Austria Austria
RFmondial GmbH has equipped RTG Radio Technikum GmbH with a complete integrated broadcast, monitoring and logging solution for its first DAB+ ensemble, CityMUX, in Vienna. In April, the organisation launched a regular DAB+ service for the Austrian capital and surrounding areas, which its sees as setting the foundation for ongoing digital radio development in Austria.

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Two new channels on DAB+ in Vienna
02.07.2018 - Austria Austria
Rock Antenne and 88.6 have now been made available on DAB+ in Vienna. "It is gratifying that a large number of programs are already available in Austria just a few months after the start of DAB+. What has started in the Greater Vienna area should be a school throughout Austria," says Matthias Gerwinat, Managing Director of Digitalradio Austria.

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Two new stations for Austrian DAB+ multiplex
26.06.2018 - Austria Austria
The Austrian DAB+ multiplex has extended to include two new stations, 88.6 and Rock Antenne, on the third VHF band.

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Austrian Association of Private Broadcasters promotes DAB+ as part of future media landscape
05.06.2018 - Austria Austria
In a statement to Austria's Federal Chancellery, the Association of Private Broadcasters have stated it "should actively support new broadcasting technologies and platforms - eg DAB+, Radioplayer.at" as part of the country's future media landscape.​

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 8.7 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 77%
Services: 20 DAB+, 1 Data
Last update: 11.05.2020

Useful Links

www.citymux.at/aktuelles-und-ausschreibungen/aktuelles/
Digital Radio Austria
www.mpdx.at/