Austria

Last update: 25-06-2018 - older versions

On April 4, 2018, the DAB+ trial on air in Austria and its surrounding area went into fixed-service operation. National expansion follows in further stages.

A call for bids for one nationwide and regional/local multiplexes started in January 2017 and ended on June 12th 2017. The tender from local or regional terrestrial multiplex platforms for digital terrestrial broadcasting in the standard DAB+ (MUX II) is online at https://www.rtr.at/de/m/Ausschreibungen

Key aspects of the tender:

  • this is the call for bids for one nationwide multiplex-network with the option to regionalise and a second call for bids for additional regional/local networks (both platform + transmitter-network).
  • The network should be optimised in the use of frequencies - that means SFN.
  • The call for tenders ended on June, 12th 2017.
  • The association Digitalradio Austria is happy to provide further information for potential suppliers.

Austrian telecommunications regulator RTR has committed to provide four million euros from its digitisation fund to support the introduction of DAB+ digital radio in Austria.

 

 

 

Last update: 18-08-2015 - older versions

The application for a test phase will foresee one year, with the possibility of an additional second year. After this test phase, a rollout from the east to the west of Austria is intended to start.

Coverage of the trial multiplex currently on air

Coverage in the North

Coverage in the South

Coverage in the East

Coverage in the West

Last update: 05-04-2018 - older versions

In this country there is

on air.

One regular multiplex is in operation in Vienna and has space allocated for 17 stations. There are currently 13 DAB+ audio services and two data services (EWS and EPG) on air.

 

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 4 11 15

Last update: 03-02-2017 - older versions

Cum. receiver sales ~400.000 (incl. line fit automotive)

Last update: 29-08-2017 - older versions

Cum. receiver sales ~500.000 (incl. line fit automotive) since 2013.

Nearly three months after the launch of DAB+ services in Vienna, Gernot Fischer, Managing Director of Digitalradio Austria emphasised in an interview with Der Standard in August 2015 the added value of DAB+. He reported that the estimated number of receiver sales to date is approximately 255,000 (excl. internet sales and in-car receivers), thanks to the strong collaboration with retail. Read the article

 

                   DAB+ receivers available at Media Markt

 

                    DAB+ receivers available at Saturn

 

          DAB+ receivers available at Conrad

Last update: 05-04-2018 - older versions

DAB+ trial May 2015- April 2018

In Vienna, DAB+ was tested in a pilot project until 7th April 2018, when it became a regular operation. Two transmitters operated as a single frequency network, with one transmitting a 10kW signal. This test mode was originally scheduled to last 10 months from May 28th 2015. Vienna’s DAB+ testing period was extended by one year by media regulator KommAustria. The pilot project was approved by the broadcasting regulator, KommAustria. The multiplex platform operator ORS comm GmbH & Co KG was able to test transmission capacities on "VIENNA 8 (Liesing) channel 11D", "Wien 9 (DC Tower 1) channel 11D" and "Wien 8 (Liesing) channel 12B". Items which were tested in the pilot project were, for example, switching between two frequency blocks (11D and 12B) and their impact on the recipient.

Previous Trials

Two DAB trials ended in 2008. One began in 1999 in the capital Vienna and covered up to 1.73 million people, the other one started in 2000 in the federal state of Tyrol (two sites near the capital of Innsbruck) and covered round about 295,000 people, approximately 40% of the Tyrolian population. The two trials were run by the public broadcaster ORF, with only ORF programs transmitted. About 19% of Austria’s population was covered by a T-DAB signal.

In 2011 the network operator ORS GmbH, a 60% subsidiary of the ORF, made plans to launch a DAB+ trial in 2012 but stopped the project in autumn 2011.

The trial that ended in 2008 included three transmitters in Vienna on Channel 12B. The multiplex featured classical music, Radio Wien (local station), pop music and FM4 pop music (all by ORF). The Austrian public broadcaster ORF was also awarded a DAB digital radio trial licence for the Federal State of Tyrol. ORF set up two DAB digital radio transmitters in Tyrol, covering the Inn Valley between Kufstein and the Brenner Mountain (Channel 12C). Ö1, Ö3, FM4 and the regional station Radio Tyrol, were available on the multiplex. This meant that there was continuous DAB coverage between South Germany and Northern Italy.

These tests have taken place behind closed doors. 

 

Last update: 25-06-2018 - older versions

The market is regulated by the Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria) and by the Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs-GmbH, RTR) that provides operational support for KommAustria.

Austria is committed to a digital radio future and a report by the regulators, the Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria) and RTR-GmbH recommended DAB+ in Band III as the way forward.  A working group was created in 2009 and its members are stakeholders from the Austrian radio market who represent opponents and proponents of digital radio. It consists of the regulatory authority, the public broadcaster ORF, the commercial and non-commercial broadcasters associations, the electronic industry and consumer associations. The group is watching and evaluating the progress of digital radio in other European countries. 

 

Success factors for the introduction of DAB+ in Austria

  • Active will of the Federal Government to digitise terrestrial radio broadcasting as the last media genre, which has not yet been able to experience terrestrial digitisation in Austria. Thus securing the media and economic location of Austria in order to create non-disruptive, non-Austrian offers. Solving the frequency problem, coordinating with the neighboring countries, and the economic use of the existing broadcasting systems with an active decision for a terrestrial digitisation of the radio broadcast.
  • New programming possibilities for private radio operators. More than two programs are to be made available by an organizer. The number is intended to regulate the market and for a further development of the radio, a maximum of two programmes must be given by one organiser.
  • New possibilities for public broadcasters. In addition to the national programs of public-law audiovisual broadcasting, max. 2 other nationwide, non-regionalisable, advertising-free (!) Programs are made possible.
  • Change of ORF-G, PrR-G and AMD-G with regard to the possibilities offered by the program and service providers (programs, data, additional services, etc.).
  • Promotion of program providers from the digitisation fund for the time of the simulcast. The increase in the allocation of the digitisation fund from currently EUR 500 TSD p.a. To EUR 1.2 million p.a .. Prioritisation of the digitisation fund for the agendas of the digitisation of terrestrial radio broadcasting.
  • Compulsory equipment for newly registered vehicles from 2017 with DAB+ enabled terminals (traffic safety). The need of TPEG-Services is evident.
  • From 2017 onwards, each newly-placed radio receiver intended for terrestrial reception must be capable of receiving digital signals corresponding to a standard of a recognised European standard organisation.

Last update: 18-05-2016 - older versions

The association 'Digital Radio Austria' is an initiative to develop the media genre radio, which is supported by the Association of the electrical and electronics industry, together with research institutions, private radio operators, manufacturers and dealers. The club members have set themselves the goal of establishing digital radio in Austria. For more information please visit, http://www.digitalradio-oesterreich.com/.

RFmondial supplies DAB+ gear to RTG Radio Technikum
10.07.2018 - Austria - Austria
RFmondial GmbH has equipped RTG Radio Technikum GmbH with a complete integrated broadcast, monitoring and logging solution for its first DAB+ ensemble, CityMUX, in Vienna. In April, the organisation launched a regular DAB+ service for the Austrian capital and surrounding areas, which its sees as setting the foundation for ongoing digital radio development in Austria.
From Radio World:

Two new channels on DAB+ in Vienna
02.07.2018 - Austria - Austria
Rock Antenne and 88.6 have now been made available on DAB+ in Vienna. "It is gratifying that a large number of programs are already available in Austria just a few months after the start of DAB+. What has started in the Greater Vienna area should be a school throughout Austria," says Matthias Gerwinat, Managing Director of Digitalradio Austria.
From Der Standard:

Two new stations for Austrian DAB+ multiplex
26.06.2018 - Austria - Austria
The Austrian DAB+ multiplex has extended to include two new stations, 88.6 and Rock Antenne, on the third VHF band.
From Satelitna TV:

Austrian Association of Private Broadcasters promotes DAB+ as part of future media landscape
05.06.2018 - Austria - Austria
In a statement to Austria's Federal Chancellery, the Association of Private Broadcasters have stated it "should actively support new broadcasting technologies and platforms - eg DAB+, Radioplayer.at" as part of the country's future media landscape.​
From Der Standard:

DAB+ initiative launches in Austria
10.04.2018 - Austria - Austria
The Austrian radio broadcasting scene will become more diverse and colorful. Because with the launch of the digital-terrestrial transmission in the DAB + standard, the frequency shortage for radio is terminated, so that the new technology allows many more programs in each supplied area.
From Radioszene:

Alpine ILX-F903D Halo9
09.04.2018 - Austria - Austria
The display appears to simply hover over the dashboard and even includes a white LED ambient light on the bottom. It is Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatible, which allows using the navigation functions of smartphones. The product comprises DAB+ digital radio, USB video playback, Bluetooth hands-free, and audio streaming.
From CAN Newsletter Online:

DAB+ initiative launches in Austria
09.04.2018 - Austria - Austria
The Austrian radio broadcasting scene will become more diverse and colorful. Because with the launch of the digital-terrestrial transmission in the DAB + standard, the frequency shortage for radio is terminated, so that the new technology allows many more programs in each supplied area.
From OTS Austria:

Regular DAB+ broadcasts begin in Vienna, and DAB expansion project completed in UK
05.04.2018 - Austria - Austria - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The first regular broadcasts of DAB + have started in the Vienna, Austria region. Twelve radio stations can be received on the channel 11C multiplex. Across the UK, the program of work to increase the coverage of DAB network, either with new transmitters or modifications to 221 local DAB sites, has been completed.
From Radio magazine:

Austria starts DAB+ regular operation
04.04.2018 - Austria - Austria
The pilot operation of the new DAB+ standard was put into fixed service in Austria on Wednesday, as confirmed by the Digitalradio Österreich. The national expansion will then follow in further stages. Digitalradio Österreich chairman Wolfgang Struber: "Another important step in the development of radio is the interoperability of digital radio receivers (receiving DAB+ and FM programs)."
From InfoSat:

DAB+ officially launched in Austria
04.04.2018 - Austria - Austria
In Austria the first regular broadcasts of DAB+ have been started. In the Vienna region, 12 radio stations can be received on channel 11C. The regional multiplex is operated by Radio Technical Center, which received a license from KommAustria at the beginning of the year.
From Radio NL:

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 8.7 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 29%
Services: 15 DAB+
Receiver sales (cumulative): 500,000 devices
Total Sales (cumulative): 500,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 13%
Penetration by population: Sparkline Graph 6%
Last update: 29.08.2017

Useful Links

Digital Radio Oesterreich
Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria)
Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs-GmbH
The Telekom-Control Commission - an independent authority