Poland

Last update: 28.10.2021 - older versions

Regular multiplexes were launched by Polskie Radio in Warsaw and Katowice in October 2013 and four more cities in 2014. A further 12 cities launched in Spring 2015 – bringing population coverage to 53.8%. In December 2015 Polskie Radio switched on a digital transmitter in Solec Kujawski, thereby increasing the total national DAB+ signal to 55.6% of the Polish population.

Representatives of Polish radio stations discussed the potential transition to broadcasting in DAB+ during a conference held in May 2018 to discuss the country's radio future, with 37 frequencies to be distributed to 34 cities. KRRiT chairman Witold Kołodziejski said that the organisation was considering DAB+ as the sole successor to FM in Poland, as analogue frequencies were now exhausted.

In May 2019, KRRiT, the National Broadcasting Council of Poland announced the start of a competition for regional and local broadcasters to carry out the creation of new DAB+ multiplexes in 34 cities across Poland. 

By January 2020, KRRiT granted fifty DAB+ licenses for the local multiplexes in Warsaw, Toruń, Poznań,  Katowice, Tarnów, Rzeszów and Częstochowa.  The winners of the competitions for local mux technical operators are PSN Infrastruktura (2 local mux’s) and DABCOM (5 local mux’s). The start (planned by the end of 2021) of the regular transmissions is under preparation.   

In October 2021 a new call for tenders for the next DAB+ local licenses as well as for Mux 1, which is dedicated to national non-public broadcasters, was put out. Up until this point, coverage was focused more on cities and with this expansion it will cover more of the main roads.

Total population coverage in Poland stands at 67,1% (October 2021), increasing to approximately 80% after the spring 2022 expansion.

 

Last update: 13.09.2021 - older versions

A detailed list and information on the parameters of DAB+ transmitters in Poland are available on the network provider EmiTel website where data is updated on regular basis. 

English version:  https://emitel.pl/en/strefa-klienta-2/odbior-rtv/sprawdz-parametry-emisji/

There is an internet forum (Polish only) where people can share experiences on reception, receiver availability and features, get information about future plans and discuss digital radio implementation strategies: http://forum.emitel.pl

Regular services

The regular national/regional multiplexes have sites in in Warszawa, Katowice, Wroclaw, Szczecin, Lodz, Opole, Krakow, Bialystok, Gdansk, Bydgoszcz, Kielce, Kolobrzeg, Koszalin, Lublin, Olsztyn, Poznan, Rzeszow, Torun, Zielona Gora and Solec Kujawski reaches 20.8 million people.

Region 

Channel  Number  

Coverage % population (mobile)

Content

Warszawa

6B

7

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Katowice

11A

9

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Szczecin

11A

10

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast, 1 regional digital only

Wroclaw

12B

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast, 1 regional digital only

Kielce

5D

1

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Lodz

5C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Opole

11C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Bialystok

5B

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Gdansk

10D

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Bydgoszcz

11C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Koszalin

12D

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Lublin

10B

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Olsztyn

10C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Poznan

12A

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Rzeszow

11A

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Zielona Gora

12C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast

Krakow

12D

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital-only, 1 regional simulcast, 1 regional digital only

 

Trial services

The trial local multiplex in Kielce covers the city and suburban areas and reaches 250,000 people. The trial local multiplex in Szczecin covers the city and suburban areas and reaches 600,000 people.

Region  Channel Number  Coverage % population (mobile) Content
Kielce 5D 1 4 national simulcast, 4 regional simulcast
Toruń 10A 3 4 national simulcast, 4 regional simulcast
Szczecin 12B 10

4 national simulcast, 4 regional simulcast

 

 

 

 

The DAB+  implementation schedule

1st Oct 2013  regular DAB+ services in Warsaw and Katowice

1st Aug 2014, regular DAB+ services in Gdansk, Kielce, Krakow, Wroclaw and Szczecin

1st Oct 2014, regular DAB+ services in Poznan, Lodz and Opole

1st Jan 2015, regular DAB+ services in Bydgoszcz, Koszalin, Olsztyn and Zielona Gora

1st Apr 2015, regular DAB+ services in Bialystok, Lublin and Rzeszow

The whole country by the end of 2020

The plan can be seen in the image below:

Last update: 03.03.2021 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

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.

After the switch off of analogue TV in 2013, Polskie Radio started  two regular DAB+ transmissions with four national simulcast services  (Jedynka, Dwojka, Trojka, Czworka, Polish Radio External Service), three exclusive DAB+ services (Polskie Radio 24, Radio Poland and Radio Rytm) and two  regional simulcast services (supplied by public regional radio stations, depending on region).

Ultimately 5 unique national and 1 unique regional DAB+ services will be broadcast. The multiplex will contain solely public radio services.

Jedynka
News & current affairs, sports, culture and mainstream music
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Dwójka
A program for connoisseurs of highbrow music and literature.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Trójka
Cult music and current affairs station.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Czwórka
About the young, for the young.
The latest trends in music and culture.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Radio Poland
Radio Poland's international network for expatriate communities in Poland.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Polskie Radio 24
Polish Radio’s news & current affairs network.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Radio Rytm
Easy-listening music and news.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Radio Katowice
Regional broadcaster with the widest coverage in Poland.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Polskie Radio RDC (Polish Radio RDC)
Traditions of Polish Radio in the Mazovia region coupled with 21st century dynamics.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Dzieciom
A station for kids and their parents.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions

fourth quarter of 2014

Polskie Radio dla Seniorow
For the young at heart.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
2015

Polskie Radio Edukacyjne
Popular science for the young.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
2015

Slideshow is one of two must have functionalities of DAB in Poland. All services broadcast in DAB use DLS and SLS services. Additionally Journaline and EPG are also broadcast together with Polskie Radio and Radio Lodz. 

Some of the SLS services on air are very simple (station logo or some DAB promotional pictures) and some are more dynamic. Radio Wroclaw uses SLS for news and slides are being refreshed according to new items appearing on their website. 

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 85 90 175
Data services 1 0 1
Total8690176

Last update: 16.02.2022

In Poland, 92% of new cars sold in 2021 have DAB+ as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2022).

Last update: 10.08.2017 - older versions

DAB+ receivers are available through retailers and internet shops. Offers are extended almost every day as digital radio extends coverage and is being noticed by importers, retailers and listeners.

ZIPSEE Digital Poland asks for clear rules for DAB+ receivers

In August 2017, the Polish association of importers and manufacturers of electrical appliances and electronics, ZIPSEE Digital Poland, sent a letter to Minister of Digitisation Anna Strezynska, requesting a regulation stating the minimum technical requirements for digital radio receivers. The companies belonging to the association complain of unfair competition from sellers of digital receivers using the old DAB standard, while Poland has adopted DAB+.

According to research from GFK Poland, 10% of all digital radio receivers sold since the end of September 2016 were of the old, DAB standard. These are not compatible with the DAB+ signal and consumers have been misled by retailers selling the non-compliant receivers, who have exploited shoppers' lack of knowledge.

 

Last update: 08.05.2019 - older versions

Polish broadcast operator BCAST has launched DAB+ test services in Warsaw, Wroclaw and Gdansk using the DABCAST system SFN model. 

 

Last update: 15.08.2023 - older versions

There are two regulators for broadcasting media in Poland. The National Broadcasting Council manages and issues licences, while the Office of Electronic Communications governs the frequency spectrum. The two bodies work closely together. 

Polish frequency plans for T-DAB contain three multiplexes located in the VHF Band III and will be started after the switch off of analogue TV in 2013.

 

Regulation published by the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs on 9 November 2020 states that DAB+ became mandatory in category M new vehicles on 1 January 2021, according to the Ordinance of the Minister of Digitisation. (The mentioned Ordinance is an executive act of the Telecommunications Law and is effective from the date indicated therein)

Background:

On 4 November 2020, the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs published an amendment to regulation that had been published on 14 February 2020, clarifying the technical and performance requirements for radio equipment intended for the reception of digital radio in category M vehicles. The November amendment came into force on 1 January 2021. In particular, the ordinance clarifies the details of some functions (DL, Slide Show, Service following) and specifies the date of April 1, 2023 as the point from which these requirements became mandatory. 

Last update: 08.03.2019 - older versions

KRRiT (the National Broadcasting Council of Poland) has launched a website dedicated to digital radio broadcasting (http://www.krrit.gov.pl/radio-cyfrowe).

The website contains reports, information on conferences, seminars and workshops about DAB+ technology as well as links to other pages related to this topic. KRRiT encourages experts  interested in the subject to visit their website and add their articles, presentations or case studies.

 As part of a media campaign in 2015, a promotional video was created by Polskie Radio to highlight the benefits of listening to radio on DAB+.  Entitled, "Digital radio gives you more.", the video communicates the additional benefits of listening to radio on a DAB+ device; better sound, more choice, more content. 

 

 

 

What will be the future of the media market in Poland?
10.04.2014 - Poland Poland
The issues of further development of digital terrestrial television and the beginning of the digitization of broadcasting dominate discussions at the conference "The future of media in Poland", which began in Poznan. The second day of the conference will be devoted to digital radio, and will be guided by the slogan "Digital radio - more than radio."

(Polskie Radio ) Read more


Poland Plans Nationwide Implementation of Digital Broadcasting
27.03.2014 - Poland Poland
At Poland's National Broadcasting Council meeting held in March 2014, the main topic was the joint efforts of broadcasters, regulators, and manufacturers, in implementing digital broadcast technology throughout the entire country.

(Radio magazine (press release)) Read more


KRRiT organises meeting on DAB+
25.03.2014 - Poland Poland
Polish broadcasting council KRRiT has organised a meeting on digital radio, reports Media2.pl. The main topic of the discussion was the cooperation of providers, regulators and producers to implement the new technology. The Interdepartmental Working Group on Digital Radio, led by Witold Grabos, deputy chairman of KRRiT, established on 29 October 2013, presented its activities. The working group will prepare recommendations for the government for the transition to digital radio in Poland.

(Telecompaper (subscription)) Read more


Facebook 5000 competition – the results are in!
18.02.2014 - Poland Poland
Polish Radio ran a 'Facebook 5000 DAB+ competition! and the results are in!

(thenews.pl) Read more


ELTRA (AUDIOX) produce DAB+ receivers
06.02.2014 - Poland Poland
Polish manufacturer of electronic devices, ELTRA (AUDIOX) will produce DAB+ receivers.

(ELTRA ) Read more


Polish Radio Facebook 5000 competition: win prizes!
04.02.2014 - Poland Poland
Since 1 October last year, Polish Radio channels (Radios One, Two, Three and Four) as well as Polish Radio External Service are available in DAB+. To celebrate Polish Radio reaching over 5000 followers on Facebook a competition has been launched to think up a slogan for the new DAB+ English language broadcasts and win Polish Radio goodies

(thenews.pl) Read more


What's Up :: English language DAB+ in Poland
27.01.2014 - Poland Poland
Tune into the show presented by Slawek Szefs with Agnieszka Bielawska whose studio guest this week is Rafal Kiepuszewski, deputy director of Polish Radio External Service, who will provide an update on the progress made in the organisations DAB+ project.

(thenews.pl) Read more


Poland Plans Digital Switchover
27.01.2014 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
Poland's National Broadcasting Council has confirmed the decision to switch from analog to digital radio. In October 2013, Polskie Radio launched a multiplex, which covers Polish Radio's External Service and broadcasts in the Warsaw and Katowice areas.

(Radio World) Read more


National Broadcasting Council upholds Poland's switch to digital radio
20.01.2014 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
Poland's National Broadcasting Council has upheld the decision to switch from analogue to digital radio.

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Polish Radio Taps Emitel for DAB+ Contract
13.12.2013 - Poland Poland
Telecompaper reports that Emitel will transmit digital terrestrial signals for Polish Radio in Warsaw, Katowice and Silesian, beginning in 2014. This agreement would bring DAB+ coverage to 7 million Polish residents, and Polish Radio hopes to increase its coverage to 30 percent of the country’s territory, reaching about 56 percent of the population, by the end of next year.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 37.7 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 68.7%
Services: 175 DAB+, 1 Data
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 99%
Last update: 26.02.2024

Useful Links

dab.polskieradio.pl
The National Broadcasting Council (Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji (KRRiT))
Radio cyfrowe
Office of Electronic Communications
Poland - EECC regulation