Poland

Last update: 12.11.2019 - 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 47 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. 

In November 2019, KRRiT granted eleven new DAB+ licenses and extended 24 existing licenses for the multiplexes in Warsaw and Częstochowa. A new call for tenders for DAB+ licenses in Bydgoszcz, Kielce, Krakow, Łowicz, Łódź, Opole, Radom and Warsaw is expected to follow.

Total population coverage in Poland stands at 56% (March 2019).

 

Last update: 15.04.2020 - older versions

A detailed list and information on parameters of DAB+ transmitters in Poland is 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

10A

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: 08.03.2019 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

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 21 7 28
Data services 1 0 1
Total22729

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: 08.03.2019 - 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.

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. 

 

 

 

KRRiT to announce DAB+ multiplexes in up to 34 Polish cities
30.05.2018 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
Representatives of Polish radio stations discussed the potential transition to broadcasting in DAB+ during a conference held on Monday to discuss the country's radio future, with 47 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.

(Wirtualnemedia) Read more


KRRiT prepares to announce DAB+ tender winners
30.05.2018 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
34 Polish cities have been nominated to launch DAB+ multiplexes, with each one to enable a maximum of 12 stations.

(Press Poland) Read more


Poland holds conference to determine DAB+ future
29.05.2018 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
"This offer is for broadcasters who have declared a willingness to introduce DAB but were restrained by a lack of open frequencies," said Witold Kołodziejski, head of Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT). The meeting provided an opportunity to present a new strategy for DAB+ in Poland up to the year 2022, including a much-awaited licencing process.

(thenews.pl) Read more


KRRiT confirms Poland's radio future is only DAB+
29.05.2018 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
We are thinking only about digital radio, we are thinking about DAB+. The analogue frequencies are exhausted, so for all applications that come to the National Broadcasting Council on the launch, we mostly respond negatively," KRRiT chairman Witold Kołodziejski said at Monday's conference "Perspectives for the development of local and regional radio on DAB+".

(Antyweb) Read more


KRRiT will expand its digital radio offer to local radio stations in Poland
19.04.2018 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
Witold Kołodziejski, KRRiT chairman: "The National Broadcasting Council does not withdraw from the radio's digitisation plans, despite the questions and doubts that have arisen. We maintain financing for DAB+ digital radio for public radio, but we are also developing a new strategy that will enable the launch of additional radio stations."

(media2) Read more


KRRiT developing new strategy to accelerate DAB+ in Poland
19.04.2018 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
Witold Kołodziejski, KRRiT chairman: "We have 34 cities with 47 frequencies just for the digital local broadcast and we intend to launch it as soon as possible. The next step is to launch a regional-national multiplex. We count on the fact that with time, there will be an increasing saturation of the market with digital receivers, because today it is slowly becoming a standard."

(Antyweb) Read more


KRRiT affirms intention to move to DAB+ radio in Poland
19.04.2018 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
The National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) has reiterated its desire to move to digital radio, with an announcement of free frequencies for local and urban multiplexes in 34 cities to take place in the second half of this year. According to the Ministry of Digital Affairs, a draft regulation will be issues that will define the minimum technical and operational requirements for DAB+ broadcasters in the Polish market.

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KRRiT wants to expand digital radio offer as frequency tenders to be announced second half of 2018
19.04.2018 - National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) WorldDAB Member - Poland Poland
The National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT) has reiterated its desire to move to digital radio, with an announcement of frequencies for local and urban multiplexes in 34 cities to take place in the second half of this year.

(Newseria BIZNES) Read more


Radio Wrocław teams up to set up single-frequency DAB+ network in Poland
04.04.2018 - Poland Poland
Regional public broadcaster Radio Wrocław has teamed up with Wrocław University of Science and Technology and Poland’s National Institute of Telecommunications (ITL) to establish a single frequency DAB+ network for small and local broadcasters in the city of Wrocław and vicinity.

(Radio World) Read more


Poland looks to update digital receiver regulations
03.04.2018 - Poland Poland
The Ministry of Digitisation, in its area of ​​competence, monitors the radio digitisation process on an ongoing basis and, in line with the numerous demands expressed in the consultation on the Regulatory Strategy of the National Broadcasting Council for 2017-2022, intends to prepare a draft regulation defining the minimum technical and operational requirements for the DAB+ digital radio receiver in 2018 intended for Poland.

(Radio Maryja) Read more


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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 37.9 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 56%
Services: 28 DAB+, 1 Data
Last update: 18.02.2020

Useful Links

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