Germany

Last update: 24.08.2023 - older versions

DAB+ in Germany in the first half of 2023: More use, more variety, more radio
DAB+ radio continued its successful course in the first half of 2023. The use of DAB+ stations is growing, while network expansion continues regionally and nationally. Broadcast launches in Lower Saxony, Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein bring more choice for listeners. According to ma 2023 Audio II, 52 million people use radio services daily (Mon.-Fri.). In the current study published by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Media-Analyse (agma), DAB+ radio is holding its own with some growth: DAB+ is listened to by 28.6 per cent (ma 2023 Audio I: 28.5 per cent) in the "widest listener group" (WHK) segment. According to agma, it is also the services broadcast nationwide via DAB+ that are recording increases in listener numbers. For example, the "Absolute" radio programmes: With a growth rate of 21.4 per cent in listeners in the average hour, the stations are achieving new record values.

Read the Digitalradio Büro Deutschland press release

 

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

An overview of the status of DAB+ digital radio in Germany is available at www.dabplus.de/sender

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: 10.05.2023 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

An up-to-date overview of the DAB+ digital radio services on air in Germany is available at www.dabplus.de/sender.

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.

 

 

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

Last update: 16.02.2022 - older versions

94% of new cars sold equipped with DAB+

In Germany, as of H2 2021, 94% of new cars were sold with digital radio as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2022).

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: 04.03.2021 - older versions

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)

Last update: 18.07.2022 - older versions

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Last update: 01.12.2022 - older versions

What about the radio button in the car?

Are audio systems and voice assistants in car user interfaces within the meaning of the State Media Treaty? This question is the subject of a legal opinion commissioned by the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia. On 23 November 2022, the expert opinion by Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz entitled "Rechtliche Einordnung von Audiosystemen und Sprachassistenten mit dem Fokus Auto" (Legal classification of audio systems and voice assistants with a focus on cars) was published and can now be downloaded from the Authority's website.

The conclusion of the expert opinion is that integrated audio systems represent a user interface for linear radio reception in the car. The same applies to the manufacturers' own voice assistants which are responsible for the navigation of the audio system. Thus, car manufacturers fall under the Treaty and must in future comply with the regulations for linear radio reception in the integrated audio system. "The result of the expert opinion is essentially: What looks like a user interface and is operated like a user interface is a user interface. This is good news for radio, for journalism and for users," said Dr. Tobias Schmid, Director of the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW, commenting on the results of the expert opinion.

Read the full press release from Landesanstalt für Medien NRW

 

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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SWR improves DAB+ coverage in the upper Ahr valley
07.06.2024 - Germany Germany
In June 2024, SWR will put a new location in the upper Ahr valley near Kesseling into operation, significantly improving digital radio reception at home and on the move. Südwestrundfunk (SWR) is further expanding its transmitter network for DAB+ digital radio reception in Rhineland-Palatinate. The Oberes Ahrtal/Kesseling site will go into operation on 11 June 2024, improving DAB+ coverage along the L85 between Ahrbrück and Staffel and the L90 between Kesseling and Weidenbach in frequency block (channel) 11A.

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radio SAW improves DAB+ reception in the Burgenland district
04.06.2024 - Germany Germany
Good news for all listeners in the south of Saxony-Anhalt: radio SAW is expanding its accessibility via DAB+. To this end, a new transmitter site has been put into operation in Pettstedt near Weißenfels, significantly increasing reception in the Burgenland district. The radio SAW Managing Director Michael Mezödi is delighted: ‘The commissioning of the DAB+ transmitter site in Pettstädt closes a gap in the digital terrestrial broadcasting of VMG Medien's programmes. Our listeners can finally listen to radio SAW, ROCKLAND and 1 A Deutsche Hits in brilliant digital quality in the Burgenland district. This is made possible by VMG Medien's investment in the technical infrastructure of the DAB+ network.’

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Expansion of private DAB+ mux in the Burgenland district
31.05.2024 - Germany Germany
The expansion of the private DAB+ digital radio service will continue in 2024. From 3 June, a further transmitter site will be put into operation in Pettstädt, significantly increasing reception in the Burgenland district. The Chairman of the Assembly of the MSA, Markus Kurze, welcomes the further expansion of DAB+ coverage and emphasises: "The aim of the media authority is to make private radio programmes digitally receivable throughout the country and thus make an important contribution to the equality of living conditions in urban and rural areas. The construction of a DAB+ transmitter site in Pettstädt in the Burgenland district is the next step in this direction, which the assembly of the Saxony-Anhalt Media Authority has unanimously supported with infrastructure funds from its budget."

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Antenne Deutschland expands network of Germany's second national DAB+ multiplex
30.05.2024 - Germany Germany
The transmitter network of the 2nd national digital radio platform continues to grow and will receive eight new transmitter sites in six federal states on 1 June 2024. From July 2024, a further site will be added in Bavaria. With this expansion, Antenne Deutschland, operator of the 2nd national DAB+ platform, together with the platform's private programme providers, is expanding its network to 91 locations throughout Germany. The commissioning of the nine transmitter sites means that around 59 million people in Germany can receive the programmes at home. This corresponds to over 70 per cent of the population. The area coverage for mobile reception increases to 82 per cent and covers more than 73 million people on the move. Along the motorways, mobile reception is then at over 92% with over 11,000 kilometres.

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DAB+: How Bavaria will promote in future - Media Council adopts transformation incentive concept
17.05.2024 - Bayerische Landeszentrale fur neue Medien (BLM) WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
At its meeting on 16 May, the Media Council of the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for New Media (BLM) adopted a new concept for the promotion of radio broadcasting via DAB+, the so-called Transformation Incentive Funding (TAF). The BLM is thus implementing a component of the audio strategy adopted by the Media Council at the end of 2023. This is in line with the coalition agreement of the Bavarian governing parties. Both the BLM's audio strategy and the coalition agreement aim to drive forward the digitalisation of radio broadcasting in Bavaria and provide particular support for digital providers. The concept ensures that any DAB+ funding from the Free State of Bavaria is handled independently of the state. It could come into force on 1 July 2024.

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BR radio frequencies in the Tegernsee valley will change on 4 June
16.05.2024 - Bayerischer Rundfunk WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
Listeners in the town of Tegernsee and in the communities of Bad Wiessee, Gmund, Kreuth and Rottach-Egern may have to tune in to other frequencies on their FM radio on 4 June. The reason for the frequency change is the decommissioning of the FM filler transmitter ‘Tegernseer Tal’ on the Wallberg for economic and environmental reasons. All five BR FM programmes can still be received on FM radios. The entire region has also been very well served with DAB+ radio reception by the ‘Tegernseer Tal’ station since December 2017. Ten BR programmes plus their regional variants are on air via channels 10A and 11D. Including the private programmes (on channels 7A, 10A, 11D), around 30 radio programmes are currently on air via DAB+ in the Tegernsee valley.

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Green forests, green radio: New DAB+ transmitter in Unterlüß in the Lüneburg Heath goes on air
06.05.2024 - Germany Germany
In one of the most densely wooded communities in Germany, NDR will be putting two DAB+ transmitters into operation on 7 May 2024, which will lead to improved DAB+ coverage between Munster, Uelzen and Celle. The feast for the eyes will now be joined by a feast for the ears. One transmitter broadcasts in a south-westerly direction on channel 7A (188.928 MHz). Thanks to it, the previous coverage gap along the Örtze river between Faßberg and Winsen will be plugged. And in Bergen, Hermannsburg, Faßberg, Unterlüß and Eschede, digital reception is now also possible indoors. The second transmitter, which can be received on channel 9B (204.640 MHz), serves to improve coverage in the northern section between Wietzendorf and Ebstorf.

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Call for tenders for NRW "DAB+Regio" launched
25.04.2024 - Germany Germany
The Media Authority for NRW invites tenders for regionalised transmission capacities for DAB+ and accompanying funding. The long and eagerly awaited tender for regionalised DAB+ transmission capacities in NRW opens on 25 April. The available capacities will enable the broadcasting or retransmission of radio programmes and broadcasting-like telemedia in large parts of North Rhine-Westphalia. The future use of this capacity will make a significant contribution to the expansion of the NRW radio market and to advancing digitisation. The tender is aimed at both individual radio stations and providers of media platforms and covers five of the six possible regions in NRW. The "DAB+Regio" tender will be accompanied by a funding announcement.

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2wcom Systems unveils EDI over SRT
23.04.2024 - 2wcom Systems GmbH WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
2wcom’s products for DAB network distribution now support EDI over SRT (Secure Reliable Transport). This innovative feature is set to revolutionize the industry by providing a reliable backup for transmitter feeds and enabling the flexible establishment of new transmitter sites. The innovation is incorporated into 2wcom’s renowned products, the DAB-4c (EDI gateway at the headend) and the DAB-4s (EDI receiver at the transmitter sites), ensuring a seamless and uninterrupted operation of DAB broadcast networks. The EDI over SRT technology offers a dependable backup solution for satellite feeds, which are often the primary source for DAB transmissions. The EDI over SRT technology offers a dependable backup solution for satellite feeds, which are often the primary source for DAB transmissions.

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DAB+ platform in Saarland expanded ahead of schedule
18.04.2024 - Germany Germany
In Saarland, the third transmitter site for the state-wide private DAB+ multiplex with 16 radio programmes was put into operation last week in Merchingen. The additional site improves reception in northern Saarland, particularly in the Merzig-Wadern district. In addition, the output of the two transmitter stations Schoksberg and Spiesen, which have already been in operation since the end of 2021, will be increased from 23 April 2024. This will result in a total coverage of around 82% of the area of Saarland. "With these measures, together with the platform operator Media Broadcast, we have already achieved our goal of also supplying the greater Merzig area with digital private radio programmes two years earlier than originally planned," says Ruth Meyer, Director of the Saarland State Media Authority.

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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 95%
Total Sales (cumulative): 25,800,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 34%
Last update: 26.02.2024

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