Last update: 21.02.2020 - older versions
Swiss Ofcom officially confirmed on 29 August 2019 that FM will be switched off in Switzerland by no later than end of 2024. The DigiMig Working Group confirimed that 65% of radio listening is now digital, 35% of which is via DAB+, and with only 17% of radio listening now exclusively via FM.
The “Digital Migration” (DigiMig) working group
In spring 2013 the radio industry, together with the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), set up the “Digital Migration” working group (DigiMig WG). Within the group are representatives of the Swiss Association of Private Radio (Verband Schweizer Privatradios - VSP), the Union Romande des Radios Régionales (RRR), the union of non-commercial local radios (Unikom), the SRG SSR, OFCOM, the car industry and other industry circles.
Public broadcaster SSR SRG operates one platform in each of the four regions of the country. There are transmitter networks for private radio stations in German-speaking Switzerland (SwissMediaCast) and in French-speaking Switzerland (Romandie Médias SA).
Digital radio use in Switzerland increased by 19 percentage points in four years - from 49% in autumn 2015 to 68% in autumn 2019.
DAB+ was also the most widely used radio distribution channel, increasing by 14 percentage points since autumn 2015 and claiming 37% of all listening.
Last update: 08.04.2019 - older versions
Digital radio on DAB+ in Switzerland reaches over 99% of the population (outdoor 99%, indoor over 96%). 99% of the roads are covered, including high way tunnels.
The latest commissioning is published as news on www.broadcast.ch.
Further resources on DAB+ coverage in Switzerland
Last update: 13.07.2016 - older versions
In this country there are
The original four multiplexes are run by the public broadcaster SRG SSR. The first commercial DAB+ multiplex which was launched on 13 October 2009 now broadcasts 14 commercial radio stations and three public radio stations in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. A second commercial DAB+ multiplex started in December 2012 in the German speaking part with 13 commercial and 3 public radio stations and a first regional commercial DAB+ multiplex in the French speaking part with 13 commercial and two public radio stations started at the end of 2013. A local multiplex (Geneva region) started in May 2014 with 12 commercial and non-profit radio stations and a second local multiplex started in Zurich in August 2014.
For an up to date list of services on air please visit http://www.broadcast.ch/data_program_dab.aspx
Most stations use slideshow. The website http://www.dab-swiss.ch/html/programme.html has an excel list with more details.
|Simulcast on AM / FM||Exclusive on digital||Total of services|
Last update: 12.02.2020 - older versions
91% of new cars in Switzerland now with DAB+ as standard
OFCOM surveys show that the proportion of new vehicles in which DAB+ reception is fitted as standard rose sharply again in 2018 and is now 91%, compared with 85% in the previous year. This means that the requirement that will apply in the European Union from the end of 2020, whereby every new passenger vehicle must be DAB+-capable, has almost already been met in Switzerland.
In 2019, it estimated that around 315.000 new cars equipped with DAB+ radio were sold.
Last update: 12.02.2020 - older versions
Digital radio usage now 68%, with DAB+ the most widely used radio reception method
At the end of 2019, use of digital radio by Swiss citizens averaged 64 minutes per 100 radio minutes per day. Of this figure, 37% was accounted for by DAB+, making it the most widely used radio reception method.
Over 600,000 DAB+ radios sold in 2019
In 2019, nearly 300,000 DAB+ radios were sold, plus around 315,000 new cars equipped with DAB+ radio.
Last update: 16.05.2019 - older versions
Key features of regulation for digital radio in Switzerland are:
- Band III
- National multiplexes
- All stations are on DAB+
- In 2013 stand-alone Band III ensembles were authorised by the regulator in the main conurbations, intended as a DAB+ platform for the smaller, non-commercial broadcasters
- On December 1st 2014 radio market players presented to the regulator a detailed digital switch over plan
- In 2016, it was decided that all services in the future should be DAB+
- OFCOM holds the spectrum licence
- In mid-February 2012, OFCOM awarded a broadcast licence to Romandie Médias SA to operate a further DAB+ network in French-speaking Switzerland. The new platform, which has a capacity of up to 18 DAB+ stations, went on air in April 2014.
- The SRG licence includes the operation of a DAB multiplex and transmission network in Band III. The transmitter sites are operated by Swisscom Broadcast, but SRG is responsible for the planning of the network, signal generating and multiplexing.
Commercial radio and media companies in the German part of Switzerland were granted 8 licences in summer 2007. SwissMediaCast AG was granted a licence to broadcast on Channel 7D and 9A by Swiss Ofcom (the regulator). SMC AG running the first commercial DAB+ multiplex in German-speaking Switzerland. On 13 May 2019 the Swiss regulatory and licensing body ComCom granted another licence for broadcasting DAB+ services in French-speaking Switzerland to DABCOM AG (IP worldcom / DIGRIS).
From 2020, regional radio stations which cover conurbations should benefit from greater autonomy by no longer being subject to a licensing system including a performance mandate. This proposal is included in the revised Radio and Television Ordinance (RTVO) which the Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) is putting out for consultation from 16 February 2017. The new text, which deals with radio broadcasting, also paves the way for the transition from FM to DAB+.
Last update: 27.06.2018 - older versions
Marketing activities to support DAB+ in Switzerland began in 2006.
Tender for new information campaign
The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) issued an invitation to tender for a four-year DAB+ information campaign beginning in 2019 in order for the population to be able to prepare for the migration of the broadcasting of radio programme services from FM to DAB+ in good time. In this way the Federal Office is supporting the radio industry, which will increasingly broadcast programme services digitally via DAB+ networks and switch off its FM stations in a few years.
On World Radio Day 2017, OFCOM launched a promotional campaign to "support the transition to the new DAB+ digital broadcasting standard". The campaign highlights how 54% of listeners in Switzerland now listen to digital radio. The advertising agency Republica AG was awarded the campaign.
Radio spots and new website
World Radio Day, February 13, 2017, marked the start of the preliminary phase of the quadrilingual campaign which will move the radio in an emblematic way to move from the analogous standard to the digital standard. Entitled "La radio déménage", the campaign will feature the first radio spots on many radio programmes.
The new DAB+ website www.dabplus.ch and various social media channels have been active online since early February 2017. The main objectives of the promotional campaign are to increase the awareness of DAB+, increase its use and promote the sale of DAB+ compatible devices. The campaign will be funded by the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM). The budget of 4 million francs is financed in accordance with the Federal Law on Radio and Television (LRTV) by the quotas of the fee which have not been distributed in recent years to the organisers of regional or local programs.
DAB+ brochures for specialized retailers
The SSR offers DAB+ brochures and exhibitors free of charge to specialised dealers.
It is possible to order the quantity of brochures here. Promotion is valid until stocks are exhausted. Delivery takes place from the beginning of December 2017.
DAB+ at the Swiss Music Awards
DAB+ was present as a partner of the Swiss Music Awards in Zurich. A photo operation drew attention to this new digital broadcasting standard. The musicians will also be the ambassadors since they will show that their music also moves on DAB+. In addition, the first content of the campaign will be shared via social media and with hashtags #DABplus and # LaRadioDemenage.
Switzerland: national marketing campaign to promote DAB+
To support the transition to DAB+, the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) launched an information campaign. It issued a public invitation to tender to appoint an agency to set up such a campaign at the national level. Aims of the campaign are to raise awareness, encourage listening and increase the number of radio stations broadcast via DAB+ in households and in vehicles. The campaign will run throughout 2017 and 2018, with a budget of 4 million francs for the two years. The award decision was in November 2016 and the campaign began in early 2017.
The successful ‘Digital radio. Better radio. With DAB+’ campaign was continued in 2013. The campaign included TV ads, radio set promotions, online promotion and the use of social media. The multi-platform campaign which was a first of its kind in Switzerland, ran on television, radio, posters, digitally (website, banners and as interstitial ads on smartphones), as well as on Facebook and YouTube social media. A broad range of activities on the part of private and public radio stations alike supported the innovative campaign.
This campaign was followed by transmedia campaign ‘DAB+ Jack Parker’.
Automotive sector marketing includes a new digital radio flyer and demo ad. The flyer is offered to car dealers and retailers as information for customers. It contains a QR code which, when scanned, takes the user straight to the demo ad, where they can experience outstanding DAB+ sound quality for themselves. MCDT, the Swiss digital radio marketing agency, works closely with manufacturers, importers, the trade and automotive manufacturers to provide technical information, run marketing campaigns and hold events to bring automotive manufacturers and dealers together to promote digital radio.
Last update: 08.04.2019 - older versions
Switzerland is also a pioneer in DAB/DAB+ tunnel rebroadcast systems. There are currently eight tunnels equipped and the plan is to cover up to 200 tunnels using 100 head ends and 1,000 transmitting sites. Emergency voice break-in, signal levels, system design and interfaces are also going to be specified.
The emergency alerting system in Switzerland for disasters today primarily relies on sirens (for “wake-up”) and Swiss Radio (for delivering the information). Swiss Radio currently broadcasts via VHF as well as via DAB+. Information can also be displayed on TV on banners and teletext, although this was only used once so far. In addition to this, cantons and municipalities are free to add their own channels for their official information (e.g., Twitter or Facebook).
In the next years, additional channels will be added. As of 2018, emergency alerts, warnings and information will also be published via the smartphone App “Alertswiss”, and the Website www.alertswiss.ch . As of 2019, further channels shall be added.
Regarding DAB+ in particular, the Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP) has undertaken different technical assessments and studies. Swiss Post, in collaboration with FOCP, has developed and successfully tested a prototype of a smart letterbox display that can show governmental information in case of an emergency. This information can be transmitted via DAB+. See also: https://youtu.be/kfTu4C7G3-Y
Three quarters of Swiss people listen to digital radio20.02.2020 - OFCOM Switzerland WorldDAB Member - Switzerland
DAB+ progress in the spotlight at Digital Radio Summit12.02.2020 - OFCOM Switzerland WorldDAB Member - Switzerland
DAB+ now the most widely used radio distribution channel in Switzerland10.02.2020 - Switzerland
DAB+ becomes most widely used radio distribution channel in Switzerland10.02.2020 - Switzerland
DAB+ network expands to cover tunnels across Switzerland01.02.2020 - Switzerland
Les Brenets switch FM transmitter with DAB+20.12.2019 - Switzerland
SRG conveys DAB+ benefits for drivers27.09.2019 - SRG SSR WorldDAB Member - Switzerland
DAB+ listening numbers rise in Switzerland12.09.2019 - Switzerland
Switzerland on track to switch off FM radio by 202405.09.2019 - Switzerland
Switzerland Confirms FM Switch off Date02.09.2019 - Switzerland
|Services:||15 DAB, 121 DAB+|
|New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard:||91%|
|Total Sales (cumulative):||4,297,000 devices|
Last update: 16.12.2019
Digimig DSO papers (in English)