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 2021 Digitisation Report carried out by Die Medienanstalten 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: 03.03.2021 - older versions

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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

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: 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.

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DAB+ in Lower Saxony: Better reception in the Heide district
18.05.2022 - Germany Germany
NDR radio stations - including digital-only services NDR Schlager, NDR Blue and NDR Info Spezial - can now be received even better around Nienburg/Weser via DAB+ digital radio. NDR is putting another DAB+ transmitter into operation near Linsburg, which supplies the region between Hodenhagen, Schwarmstedt, Wunstorf, Uchte, Sulingen and Bruchhausen-Vilsen. The last reception holes on the B6 road between Hanover and Bremen will be closed at the same time.

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DAB+ expansion in Bavaria in 2022 with six new locations
16.05.2022 - Bayerischer Rundfunk WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
Bayerischer Rundfunk is planning to further expand the Bavarian DAB+ transmitter network in the second half of 2022 with up to six new locations. It will grow from the current 77 to 83 locations by the end of the year. The ten BR radio and regional stations as well as private services are broadcast via the DAB+ transmitter network.

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ARD broadcasters integrate into Xperi's DTS Autostage
16.05.2022 - Xperi Corporation WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
Xperi's DTS and ARD have announced the integration of the ARD broadcasters into DTS AutoStage. Said Alexander Sasse at ARD, “We are looking forward to integrating with partners to help our broadcasters meet the needs of our listeners in the rapidly evolving connected vehicle landscape". Said Joe D’Angelo at Xperi, “We know that providing the digital dashboard’s best content and maintaining editorial control is critical to broadcasters, and our system has been designed to facilitate just this. Keeping radio front, centre and aggressively competitive in the dash is key to our platform.”

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DAB+ in Brandenburg: Better reception thanks to a new transmitter
10.05.2022 - Deutschlandradio WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
The Petkus transmitter is now on-air covering the Brandenburg region of northern Germany. Distribution via DAB+ is around a third more economical than via FM due to the significantly lower power consumption per radio station. Listeners benefit from the high sound quality, a large selection of stations and numerous additional services. Deutschlandradio director Stefan Raue: “Due to the frequency bottleneck in the transmitter network, we only achieve coverage of around 70% via FM with Deutschlandfunk, and with Deutschlandfunk Kultur it is only 52%. The DAB+ expansion stands for the aim of making our information and cultural offerings freely accessible to many people in rural areas as well.”

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DAB+ in Lower Saxony: transmitter in Uelzen improves reception
10.05.2022 - Deutschlandradio WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
Deutschlandradio is continuing to drive the digitisation of radio broadcasting forward. The Uelzen transmitter is now operational. With the first nationwide multiplex, DAB+ listeners in the district of Uelzen can look forward to 13 new radio stations in digital quality. In addition to Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Deutschlandfunk Nova and the digital channel Deutschlandfunk Documents and Debates, the station package includes a further nine private radio providers.

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DAB+: Now even more range for M94.5 and max neo
08.05.2022 - Germany Germany
Since May 4th, 2022, the programs of MEDIASCHOOL BAYERN, M94.5 and max neo in the metropolitan areas of Munich and Nuremberg have also been transmitted in the new DAB+ test network 10D as part of a technical pilot project lasting up to two years. It supplies around half a million people indoors and mobile or portable outdoors around 1.9 million residents in Bavaria. In Upper Bavaria, almost 400,000 more listeners can now receive the M94.5 programs on their DAB+ devices at home or stationary. On the road in the car or in all leisure activities outside, there are even more than 600,000 listeners in Upper Bavaria. For max neo in Middle Franconia, this means an additional 50,000 more potential listeners indoors, and outdoors this even corresponds to an increase of 126,000.

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Lower Saxony paves the way for state-wide DAB+
04.05.2022 - Germany Germany
So far, radio listeners have only been able to receive a few private radio programs in Lower Saxony via the nationwide DAB+ platforms. With the DAB+ tender, the Lower Saxony State Media Authority is now paving the way for state-wide DAB+ reception of private radio and telemedia. "With the DAB+ tender in Lower Saxony, we are taking an important step towards more program variety in private radio," says Christian Krebs, Director of the Lower Saxony State Media Authority. "Listeners in Lower Saxony will have a larger selection of programs in the future and will also be able to receive special interest programs more easily."

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Bavaria opens new test network for DAB+
04.05.2022 - Germany Germany
With the activation of a new test network in channel 10D at the beginning of May 2022, there is now sufficient capacity available in Bavaria to develop new innovations relating to DAB+ and test them in live operation. Comprehensive testing of the disaster warning service EWF (Emergency Warning Functionality) is planned. The EWF system, which the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Erlangen played a key role in developing, will in future, in close cooperation with Bayern Digital Radio GmbH and other partners, provide a targeted and comprehensive warning to the population in the event of a disaster via DAB+ for digital radios and public display boards in Germany enable Bavaria. Another topic is the testing of data services in the area of ​​TPEG Emergency Alerts and Warnings (EAW). This application provides disaster alerts to travelers with minimal distraction from traffic on navigation devices.

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DAB+: ZOUND1 programs started in North Rhine-Westphalia
03.05.2022 - Germany Germany
Two new stations have been added to the first DAB+ private radio multiplex in North Rhine-Westphalia: ZOUND1 Max and ZOUND1 Mix. In the multiplex on channel 9D, all 16 station slots are currently occupied.

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Better DAB+ reception in Neustrelitz
27.04.2022 - Germany Germany
With the commissioning of a new DAB+ transmitter in Neustrelitz, modern digital radio with the NDR radio stations is now also possible indoors in Wesenberg and Neustrelitz. The NDR stations can also be received in-vehicle on federal roads 96, 193 and 198, as well as on all other roads in this region up to the state border to Brandenburg. Reception is via block 10C (213.36 MHz). The DAB+ range of stations also includes the NDR offers, which are also broadcast via FM, such as NDR 1 Radio MV, NDR 2, NDR Kultur, NDR Info and N-JOY. In addition, the digital radio stations NDR Schlager, NDR Blue and NDR Info Spezial can be heard exclusively.

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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 94%
Total Sales (cumulative): 21,600,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 27%
Last update: 18.11.2021

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