Germany

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DAB+ digital radio is currently the radio platform experiencing the strongest growth in Germany.

Launch of second national multiplex

In October 2020, Antenne Deutschland launched a second DAB+ multiplex that will host up to 16 new national commercial radio stations. In addition to distributing its own programs, Antenne Deutschland also plans to offer stations to third parties. The NRJ Group will be also be broadcasting its popular Nostalgie station on the multiplex from January 2020.

DAB+ regulation

According to Germany's Telecoms Law, all new car radios should be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio from 21th Dec 2020 – as required by the European Electronic Communications Code.

The law also requires all new consumer radios, capable of displaying a station’s name, to be able to receive digital signals (for example, DAB+ or IP) – from the same date. Read the press release on the new German national legislation here

The 2020 Digitisation Report carried out by Die Medienanstalten during IFA 2020 is available here (in German)

Digital Radio Germany's 2020 DAB+ report is available here (in German)

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Digital radio is available in all metropolitan areas. The total coverage (combined coverage of ARD multiplexes and the national multiplex) is 98% of the population.

The 1st level road coverage of the national network is 12,700 km which is equal to 98%.

Detailed information on the network coverage can be found on www.digitalradio.de/empfang.

 

 

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Please note:

(a)    These web pages are updated regularly to reflect current services on air, however they may not be exactly up to date.

(b)    The logos shown on these pages are for illustrative purposes only – manufacturers and broadcasters are directed here for information on implementing station logos.

In total, there are more than 270 radio programs which can be received digitally across the 16 German Bundeslaender: 24 national programs, over 60 public stations distributed by ARD members, and around 200 commercial stations (regional or local). The majority of radio programs are equipped with accompanying data services including at least Dynamic Label Segment or DL+ and Slideshow. See Slideshow on air.  In particular, all public ARD radio brands are broadcast with additional services accompanying the live audio service: Now-next information (DLS/DL+), Program previews (EPG), Weather and traffic charts, news headlines, track/title-cover (slideshow/categorised slideshow), Future mobility service (TPEG), and Hybrid EPGs and Slideshows (RadioVIS and RadioEPG). Download a presentation on Slideshow in Germany.

First national multiplex

The nationwide DAB+ network was extended by around 50 transmitters with a completion date of 2016. In January 2021, there were 147 transmitters broadcasting. Germany is now developing a DSO strategy. Now, with the first national mux, 98% of all people are covered (January 2021).

Second national multiplex

In January 2020, it was agreed that Antenne Deutschland GmbH and other partners will launch a second DAB+ multiplex with up to 16 new national radio programs. In addition to distributing its own programs, Antenne Deutschland also plans to offer stations to third parties. The launch took place in October 2020 with now 11 programs on air.

 

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 200 70 270

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80% of new cars sold equipped with DAB+

In Germany, as of H2 2020, 80% of new cars were sold with digital radio as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2021).

Amendment to the Telecommunications Act, Section 48, para. 4 and 5

According to Germany's new national legislation on digital radio, all radios in new cars should be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio from 21 Dec 2020 – as required by the European Electronic Communications Code. The law also requires all new consumer radios, capable of displaying a station’s name, to be able to receive digital signals (for example,DAB+ or IP) – from the same date.

The new German national legislation with explanatory text is available in English here.

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Receiver sales and revenues

In 2020, over 1.83 million DAB+ receivers were sold in Germany - this represents a 15.2 percent growth compared to 2019. 

Revenues from DAB+ receiver sales also grew by 13 percent, from €216 million in 2019 to the current record of €244 million in 2020.

As of Q2 2020, cumulative DAB/DAB+ receiver sales stood at 16,623,000 (including line fit automotive).

German Government mandates Digital Interface in most radios 

In September 2019, the German federal parliament reiterated its commitment to DAB+ by passing a revision to its Telecoms Law. The law was approved, and made official in November 2019.

The law requires all new consumer radios, capable of displaying a station’s name, to be able to receive digital signals (for example, DAB+ or IP) – from the same date. The new German national legislation with explanatory text is available in English here.

Initiative Digital Radio Deutschland Product Finder

Overview list of the digital radio receivers available on the German market

 The 2020 Digitisation Report carried out by Die Medienanstalten during IFA 2020 is available here (in German)

Digital Radio Germany's 2020 DAB+ report is available here (in German)

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DAB+ regulation in Germany

In September 2019, the German federal parliament reiterated its commitment to DAB+ by passing a revision to its Telecoms Law.

The law was approved, and made official in November 2019. According to the revised law, all radios in new cars should be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio from 21st Dec 2020 – as required by the European Electronic Communications Code.

The obligation only applies to new cars, and does not apply to quads, trucks or other vehicles for goods transport. The law also requires all new consumer radios, capable of displaying a station’s name, to be able to receive digital signals (for example, DAB+ or IP) – from the same date.

The new German national legislation with explanatory text is available in English here.

Last update: 08.09.2020 - older versions

The following websites provide information on all available services, the latest marketing and receivers for home and on the move. 

dabplus.de

Rundfunk Forum

DAB+ promotion campaigns

In this 3-minute DAB+ promotional video published by German broadcaster ARD Digital, media personality Anni Dunkelmann explains to consumers the various benefits of DAB+, such as improved sound quality, a wider choice of listening and the ability of certain receivers to show visual displays.  

 

 

YouTube tip: to see video subtitles in your local language, click on the settings icon located at the bottom right of the video,  select settings, then auto translate, then your preferred language option. 

Summer 2019

The German digital radio industry (public and commercial radio) organised a DAB+ promotion week from 13-24 May 2019. Cross-media activities included on-air radio spots, consumer and B2B print advertisements and advertorials, social media and on www.dabplus.de.  The week included also training and promotion within the retail sector. 

Summer 2018

A new German multimedia campaign promoting DAB+ will launch on 27 August, with the slogan "DAB+. Mehr Radio" (DAB+, More Radio) to be branded across TV, radio, print and online. On 30 August, an "Editorial Theme Day" will be held at IFA Berlin by German broadcaster ARD and other commercial radio stations to discuss the benefits of DAB+. The initiative is a collaboration between German broadcaster ARD and other commercial radio stations, as part of a nationwide rebrand of DAB+.

Christmas 2017


Christmas promotion "Give a DAB + Radio"   Starting November 27th, in the four weeks leading up to Christmas, radio and TV spots will once again be broadcasting spots and actions about the DAB + listening experience at ARD, Deutschlandradio, private radio stations and other partners.

 

 

May 2017

ARD and Deutschlandradio started a cross-media nationwide marketing campaign for DAB+ radio from 2 May 2017. The campaign will include radio, television and internet, as well as images for print and online use. DAB+ has also received an eye-catching new logo, with which broadcasters, manufacturers and retailers can promote the new radio standard.

Examples of the implementation of new DAB+ logo can be viewed here:   http://www.digitalradio.de/index.php/de/haendlerbereich. Download the Press Release.

Under the motto "As clear as if I were there", the ARD has a nationwide marketing campaign for DAB+ together with Deutschlandradio and other partners. This includes TV commercials as well as on numerous online channels. In the ARD, with Deutschlandradio and private broadcasters are broadcasting various radio adspots. In addition, there are print and online motifs on the new website www.dabplus.de.

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AVT software assists with emergency alerting through DAB
03.08.2021 - AVT Audio Video Technologies GmbH WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
The EWF Emergency Warning Functionality is a combination of different services such as Alarm Announcement, Service Linking, Program Associated Data and Non-PAD, and can distribute multimedia and multilingual information. The EWB procedure is also compatible with all old DAB receivers. Modern receivers are also switched on automatically with EWB and can display information via other data services.

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10 years of DAB+ digital radio: programme providers, federal and state governments draw positive conclusions
02.08.2021 - Germany Germany
The digital-terrestrial successor to UKW started nationwide on August 1, 2011 with programmes from Deutschlandradio and private providers. The federal and state governments as well as participating programme providers draw a positive balance of the first ten years of DAB+ digital radio.

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Germany celebrates a decade of "more radio" on DAB+
30.07.2021 - Germany Germany
DAB+ launched in Germany on 1 August 2011 in Germany, providing a solution to the shortage of FM frequencies. From the original 27 radio transmitter towers, a digital transmitter network has been created in just 10 years with 149 radio towers throughout Germany. Up to 29 programs can now be received across Germany via DAB+. In addition, there are many regional and national public and private offers: with a total of 270 different programs available, 70 of which can be received exclusively via DAB+. Initially public broadcasters Deutschlandradio and ARD were the drivers of DAB+, but many well-known private broadcasters are also now relying on digital programme distribution.

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Warning system via DAB+ can save lives
28.07.2021 - Fraunhofer IIS WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
A warning system developed by Fraunhofer IIS called EWF (Emergency Warning Functionality) for DAB+ digital radio devices could have warned people of disasters, even if the radio was switched off. If mobile internet fails, warning messages can no longer be received via smartphones.

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42% of Bavarians now have access to DAB+
27.07.2021 - Germany Germany
42% of the population have access to DAB+ and more than a quarter listen to digital terrestrial radio on average from Monday to Friday. Compared to last year, access to DAB+ (+7.8%) and daily use (+6.1%) have increased significantly. Together with DAB+, digital listening via DAB+, internet, cable and satellite is now also at 42% (up 5%) with web radio in second place after DAB+ at 16.8%. FM listening fell to 58% (-8.8%).

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Emergency announcements with DAB
26.07.2021 - AVT Audio Video Technologies GmbH WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
If a disaster occurs, the mobile phone networks are quickly overloaded or no longer available. The public must therefore be informed via an independent infrastructure. DAB offers a robust and well-established transmission network and simple (battery-powered) DAB receivers are sufficient for reception. In addition, DAB broadcasts are unencrypted and freely available and can reach the entire population. DAB is therefore very well suited for transmitting emergency warning information.

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New DAB+ transmitters improve reception in Weserbergland region
21.07.2021 - Germany Germany
Radio listeners can now listen to NDR programs in better quality thanks to new DAB+ transmitters installed in this hilly, forested region in central Germany. NDR station offers include NDR 1 Niedersachsen, NDR 2, NDR Kultur, NDR Info and N-JOY, which are also broadcast via FM. In addition, NDR Plus, NDR Blue and NDR Info Spezial can be heard exclusively on digital radio.

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German radio could be completely digital in 10 years' time
20.07.2021 - Germany Germany
"In ten years' time, radio could be completely digital from production to reception. FM will end without any legal constraint," says media lawyer Helmut Bauer. There is a consensus between all relevant key market participants and politicians that there should not be a forced shutdown of FM. In the meantime, Deutschlandradio and some private broadcasters have started to switch off individual FM stations. The new State Media Treaty (Medienstaatsvertrag) has created the possibility of funding by removing the time limit for funding digital infrastructure. There seems to be a fundamental willingness to support media companies with digitization.

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Record listening for Deutschlandradio
14.07.2021 - Germany Germany
According to the Media Analysis 2021 report, Deutschlandradio's three national stations have reached record numbers of listeners, with Deutschlandfunk continuing to be the only information programme in the top 10 most popular programmes. Listening via DAB+ continues to increase, especially among younger target groups. DAB+ now has a share of 20.4 percent among listeners aged 14 and over compared to 17.4 percent in 2020.

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The road is clear for private broadcasters via DAB+ in Thuringia
14.07.2021 - Germany Germany
With the Federal Network Agency's frequency allocation for channel 12B at the Erfurt and Weimar locations vis-à-vis DIVICON MEDIA HOLDING GmbH, the concrete implementation for the start of DAB+ for private radio stations can now take place. This was announced by the Thuringian State Media Authority (TLM) on July 14th.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 83.8 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 98%
Services: 270 DAB+
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 80%
Total Sales (cumulative): 16,623,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 25%
Last update: 18.06.2021

Useful Links

Intelligent transport systems Action Plan and Directive
Bill of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - Fourth Law amending the Telecommunications Act 
The Action Plan for the Transformation of Radio Broadcasting in the Digital Age Roadmap - Progress Report for the Digital Radio Board
dabplus.de
Digitization Report
DAB Technical Forum