Belgium

Last update: 04.05.2022 - older versions

DAB+ was officially launched in Belgium across Flemish-speaking parts of the country in November 2018, while the official launch of DAB+ in French-speaking Belgium took place in November 2019, following a year of trial broadcasts.

DAB+ population coverage across the country currently stands at 97%, while the number of new cars equipped with DAB+ in the country is 98%, a figure which is expected to reach 100% in 2022.

DAB+ awareness and sales in French-speaking Belgium 

The annual Ipsos DAB+ survey published in February 2022 showed that by end 2021 was 78% of French-speaking Belgian listeners had already heard of DAB+. Sales of DAB+ enabled home receivers grew by 13% in 2021, offsetting sales of analog FM receivers, which fell by 7%. Listening on DAB+ has grown steadily since 2018, with 22% of French-speaking Belgians tuning in.

Last update: 03.12.2018 - older versions

DAB coverage reaches more than 95% of the population across the country’s three principal regions – Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels. All motorways and main roads in Belgium are covered with DAB, with mobile coverage standing at approximately 99%.

Nationwide coverage of between one and three layers is achieved by combining the coverage of the different multiplexes on air in Belgium: one regional public multiplex for the Northern, Dutch speaking part (>95% DAB coverage of North population), one regional public multiplex for the Southern, French speaking part (90% DAB/DAB+ outdoor coverage of South population) and one regional commercial multiplex in the Northern part in DAB+ (25% coverage of the North population).

Last update: 03.03.2021 - older versions

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RTBF has been DAB+ Slideshow (SLS) since 2014 on their station Classic 21 (Classic rock format),

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Last update: 16.02.2022 - older versions

DAB+ is now fitted as standard in new passenger cars in Belgium, and 98% of new vehicles sold in H2 2021 included DAB+, compared to 89% in 2019 (source: Jato Dynamics).

Last update: 16.02.2022 - older versions

The availability of DAB and DAB+ receivers in Belgium continues to grow with a range of devices now on the market, including kitchen radios, handheld and tuners. As more DAB+ services launch, with marketing campaigns to support them, sales are expected to grow significantly across Belgium over the next few years.

In French-speaking Belgium, sales of DAB+ compatible home receivers grew by 13% in 2021, offsetting a 7% fall in sales of analogue FM receivers. On average, 45% of home receivers sold in Belgium in 2021 were DAB+ compatible (source: Gfk, Monitoring of Radio Receiver Sales 2021).

Last update: 10.07.2015 - older versions

RTBF is currently testing three DAB+ simulcast FM stations with additional services such as slideshow in several bit rates, both for RTBF and for commercial or non-profit radio stations licenced by the regulator (CSA).

VRT is currently testing one DAB+ simulcast FM station with additional services such as slideshow in several bit rates.

Last update: 16.04.2020 - older versions

French-speaking Belgium (Wallonia and Brussels)

The French-speaking Belgium regulator - the CSA Belgium - announced on 11 April 2019 that it had received 123 applications for DAB+ licences - see the full list of applicants here.

In June 2018, the Parliament of Wallonia-Brussels Federation approved a draft decree to amend audiovisual services in French-speaking Belgium, paving the way for the deployment of DAB+ services in the region.​ DAB+ services went on air on 15 November 2018.

Flemish-speaking Belgium (Flanders and Brussels)

The public broadcaster for the Belgian Flemish Community, Vlaamse Radio – en Televisie omroep (VRT), has one DAB multiplex on air since 1997, covering Flanders and Brussels with eight radio stations. The network operator Norkring België operates VRT’s multiplex. As of 12 November 2018, all Flemish national radio stations are available on DAB+.

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In May 2016, the Flemish government approved the concept of automatic renewal of FM licences for the major commercial broadcasters until 2022, alongside an obligation to invest in DAB+. At that time, the government decided that FM shutdown should take place two years after reaching 50% digital listening, with a complete switch-off date still to be decided.

Last update: 24.04.2020 - older versions

DAB+ explained by Digital Radio Belgium (FR)

This two-minute DAB+ promotional video published by Belgium's French-speaking Digital Radio office explains to consumers the various benefits of DAB+, such as improved sound quality and a wider choice of listening, as well as mentioning the EECC directive, which will require new cars across Europe to be compatible with digital radio.

The original video was made by VRT for Digital Radio Vlaanderen.

 

DAB+ - Explainer from DabplusBEfr on Vimeo.

 

DAB+ advertisement published by Digital Radio Flanders

In Flanders, radio is increasingly being listened to digitally. According to Ipsos research comissioned by the Flemish government published in October 2019, 26% of the total listening volume is now digital. The strongest increase was listening on DAB+, up from 3% to 9% year on year. This TV spot launched by www.dabplus.be/nl explains to consumers the benefits of moving from analogue to digital, particularly when listening in the car, with easy tuning and significantly improved sound quality.


TELEVISIE COMMERCIAL DAB+ BELGIË from DAB+ BE on Vimeo.

 

A dedicated digital radio website aiming to promote and inform consumers and broadcasters on DAB and DAB+ was launched in Flanders and Brussels in November 2018 (www.dabplus.be/nl).

Aside from the launch of its website dedicated to DAB, the region of Flanders has been particularly active in terms of marketing activities promoting DAB digital radio across TV, radio and online in the weeks leading to the 2018 holiday season. To that effect, two separate campaigns to raise awareness on DAB+ were set up as part of Digital Radio Week in November and December 2018, which all radio stations broadcasting in DAB+ radio participated in.

 

New life for CROOZE
26.04.2022 - Belgium Belgium
Eighteen years after Belgian soul and jazz station CROOZE FM started broadcasting on 104.2 FM, the station is now getting a second life as CROOZE! with a DAB+ channel covering Brussels and the Flanders region. CROOZE returned to the (digital) airwaves on Easter Monday.

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Local DAB+ in Flanders: West Flanders completes the list
14.04.2022 - Belgium Belgium
With the arrival of West Flanders on 10D, all five Flemish test muxes for local radio can now be heard via DAB+. As in Antwerp, the fifteen local stations opted to act jointly as operators themselves.

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Belgium: RTBF starts DAB+ programme in Ukrainian
23.03.2022 - Belgium Belgium
Wallonia's public broadcaster, RTBF, has launched a radio program for Ukrainians who fled to Belgium to escape the Russian invasion. RTBF Ukraine – Україна can be heard in French-speaking Belgium and Brussels via DAB+ and the Internet. The Ukrainian-language RTBF program is intended to support the integration of refugees from Ukraine and provide them with practical information.

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Local DAB+ in Flanders: Flemish Brabant also gives the starting signal
12.03.2022 - Belgium Belgium
In Brussels the first channel of the local DAB+ for Flemish Brabant went on the digital ether on Friday evening on block 10B. Eight local stations are carried. The second channel (Leuven) in the same ensemble will follow on Wednesday.

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DAB+ projects in Flanders, Belgium
02.03.2022 - Belgium Belgium
Since 1 February, local broadcasters in East Flanders can use the DAB+ test transmissions. said David Tourny of Radio TRL: “Radio TRL is a '90s – '00s dance – retro station. DAB+ is important to us because it is an extension of our FM transmission range. Looking to the future, we would like Radio TRL to remain on DAB+ provincial radio with good coverage, both indoors and outdoors for East Flanders. We have already received hundreds of responses from all provinces. It's really overwhelming. There is even someone from… Germany who found us with a directional antenna!”

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Nostalgie+ serves French-speaking Belgium 60's generation
25.02.2022 - Belgium Belgium
Nostalgie+ is part of the Belgian commercial media N-Group whose other brands include Nostalgie, NRJ and Chérie. Broadcast free-to-air via DAB+, Nostalgie+ aims to entertain the growing 60+ generation, with hits from the 60's and 70's.

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French-speaking Belgium - annual Ipsos DAB+ survey results published
16.02.2022 - Belgium Belgium
Published this week, the latest survey on listener awareness of DAB+ shows that by end 2021, 78% of Belgian listeners had already heard of DAB+. Sales of DAB+ home receivers grew by 13% in 2021, offsetting sales of analog FM receivers, which fell by 7%. 98% of new cars sold in Belgium now have DAB+ as standard. DAB+ has grown steadily since 2018, with 22% of French-speaking Belgians tuning in.

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DAB+ in Flanders - an opinion piece
10.02.2022 - Belgium Belgium
Market share of digital radio in Flanders, currently at 41 percent, will not exceed 50 percent until the end of 2024. At the end of 2027, when existing FM licenses will expire, digital share will probably fluctuate around 60 percent, compared to still 40 percent for FM. It is crucial that by 2025, when negotiations will take place, the share of digital radio exceeds 50 percent. This evolution is of course highly dependent on how actively Flanders further promotes DAB+.

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Regional radio station gets much larger transmission range on DAB+
05.02.2022 - Belgium Belgium
Belgian regional radio station RBS started as an event radio around the music festival "Lokerse Feesten", and is now taking a new step in its growth, and since 1 February can also be heard via DAB+.

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59 local radio stations trial DAB+
02.02.2022 - Belgium Belgium
A total of 59 local radio broadcasters will be broadcast via DAB+ in the coming months, with efforts bundled per province and in Brussels. In the long run, the Flemish Minister of Media, Benjamin Dalle, wants local radio to be given a permanent place on DAB+. “In Flanders we have a very large and rich offer of local radio stations. They too must be given the opportunity to be present on the platforms of the future,” said Dalle.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 11.0 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 97%
Services: 126 DAB+, 2 Data
Line-fit automotive sales (cumulative): 1,310,951 devices
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 98%
Total Sales (cumulative): 2,157,827 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 21%
Last update: 16.02.2022

Useful Links

Belgian Broadcasting (BRF)
www.digitalradio.be
www.digitalradio.vlaanderen/
www.norkring.be/
Radio Télévision belge de la Communauté française de Belgique (RTBF)
De Vlaamse Radio – en Televisie omroep (VRT)