Germany

Last update: 21.01.2021 - older versions

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)

Last update: 08.10.2020 - older versions

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.

 

 

Last update: 18.01.2021 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

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.

1st 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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Over 50% of new cars sold equipped with DAB+

In Germany, 54% of new cars sold are equipped with digital radio.

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.

Last update: 28.01.2021 - older versions

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

German Government will mandate 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.

Market Research

  • In 2020, the number of DAB+ receivers in households grew by 14%, compared to 2019
  • According to data from GfK, year-on-year DAB+ receiver sales in Germany recorded a 23% percent increase in 2020. A total of 4.2 million audio devices were sold in Germany in 2020, 38% of which were DAB-enabled.

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)

Last update: 08.09.2020 - older versions

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.

Last update: 08.09.2020 - older versions

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New transmitter improves DAB+ coverage in northern Germany
26.01.2021 - Germany Germany
Listeners in Neumünster will now be able to listen to NDR's stations on DAB+ digital radio.

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Germany - DAB+ receiver sales increase by amost a quarter
26.01.2021 - Germany Germany
According to the latest data from GfK, year-on-year DAB+ receiver sales in Germany recorded a 23% percent increase. A total of 4.2 million audio devices were sold in Germany in 2020, 38% of which were DAB-enabled.

(Radio Szene) Read more


Media regulator in North Rhine-Westphalia reveals DAB+ licence applications
22.01.2021 - Germany Germany
The media regulator for Germany's western state has reveleaed the broadcasters that have applied for a state-wide DAB+ licence.

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NDR improves network coverage in eastern Germany
20.01.2021 - Germany Germany
Public broadcaster NDR is continuing the expansion of its DAB+ network in Germany, with the launch of its services in the Penkun region in the east of the country.

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NDR launches new DAB+ stations in northern Germany
12.01.2021 - Germany Germany
NDR's DAB+ stations - including NDR Plus, NDR Blue and NDR Info Spezial, which are exclusively available on DAB+ - are available to listeners in Friesland, Bremen and Oldenburg from 13 January 2021.

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New DAB+ station to launch in southwestern Germany
09.01.2021 - Germany Germany
Anna.fm, a new radio station targeting women aged between 14-39, is set to launch in the state of Baden-Württemberg in February 2021.

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NRJ's Nostalgie launches on Germany's second national multiplex
05.01.2021 - Germany Germany
NRJ's Nostalgie station is available to listeners across Germany on DAB+ from 4 January 2021.

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Germany - digital radio usage increases by over 50 percent
15.12.2020 - Germany Germany
The daily use of digital terrestrial radio has increased by around 50 percent in Germany, compared to the same time last year. There are also 1.8 million more DAB+ radios in households now than in 2019. Germany launched a new national mutliplex in October 2020, and public broadcaster Deutschlandradio has started switching off FM transmitters in light of the continued growth of DAB+.

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AVT supplies NDR with DAB+ playout system
14.12.2020 - AVT Audio Video Technologies GmbH WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
The DAB+ playout, previously divided into four regions, has been replaced by a completely new redundant DAB+ ensemble multiplexer system for 16 regions. With the installation of NDR’s new DAB+ playout system supplied by AVT, listeners will be able to receive news and weather information from their respective regions via DAB+ with a coverage that was previously only possible via FM.

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SWR improves DAB+ coverage in southern Germany
08.12.2020 - Germany Germany
Regional public broadcasting corporation Südwestrundfunk has expanded DAB+ reception in southern Germany with the launch of a new transmitter in the lake Constance region.

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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 54%
Total Sales (cumulative): 16,623,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 25%
Last update: 19.01.2021

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