Austria

Last update: 03-08-2018 - older versions

On April 4, 2018, the DAB+ trial on air in Vienna and its surrounding area went into fixed-service operation. In 2019 Austria will launch its first nationwide DAB+ multiplex, allowing 11 radio stations to be broadcast. 

The license has been awarded to ORS comm for 10 years, with construction of the technical network commencing in Vienna from the spring of 2019, with further cities to follow in 2020.

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: 16-09-2018 - older versions

Coverage of the regular DAB+ multiplex on air in Austria is available at https://dabplus.at/empfang/

About 2.8 million people in Vienna the surrounding area are within the coverage agrea.

Coverage of the regular DAB multiplex currently on air in Vienna

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

 

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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: 03-08-2018 - 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: 30-07-2018 - 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/.

DAB+ a key topic at Austrian Media Days as stakeholders discuss nationwide licence
23.10.2018 - Austria - Austria
A panel of radio industry experts gathered at Austrian Media Days to discuss the country’s recent nationwide DAB+ licence, awarded to ORS comm GmbH Co KG from April 2019 that will enable 11 commercial programmes to air digitally. KommAustria chairman Michael Ogris said as part of the panel that DAB+ was the way out of the FM frequency shortage in Austria, and that the broadcasting sector regarded DAB+ as an opportunity to grow its listening share.
From RTR-GmbH:

DAB+ at the fore at Austrian Media Days
26.09.2018 - Austria - Austria
Whether DAB+ is just an intermediary technology on the way to 5G, or whether it has a long-term perspective, was discussed at the Radio Summit at the Austrian Media Days event in Vienna. During the panel session "DAB+ - Intermediate Technology, Flop or Perspective", speakers noted that 5G technology would be mainly used for video, and would not reach peak usage until 2030.
From Horizont:

Austria will receive national radio via DAB+ from 2019
06.08.2018 - Austria - Austria
11 Radio stations have already signed up to broadcast via this DAB+ network, which by the end of 2020 can be received by almost 85% of the Austrians. The national DAB+ network will be rolled out in four phases from April 2019 to the autumn of 2020.
From Radio NL:

KommAustria launches nationwide DAB+ digital radio in Austria
03.08.2018 - Austria - Austria
Media authority KommAustria has for the first time granted a licence for a nationwide, DAB+ multiplex that will enable 11 commercial radio stations to broadcast via digital radio.
From Radioszene:

Nationwide digital radio in Austria can start in 2019
03.08.2018 - Austria - Austria
Media authority KommAustria has for the first time granted a licence for a nationwide, DAB+ multiplex that will enable 11 commercial radio stations to broadcast via digital radio.
From radioWoche:

KommAustria awards licence to ORS comm for DAB+ multiplex
03.08.2018 - Austria - Austria
Austrian regulator KommAustria has awarded a licence for DAB+ multiplex to ORS comm from 4 April 2019 for a period of ten years. Based on the licence, 11 private radio channels will broadcast nationwide in the new radio broadcasting standard DAB+. Some of them are new and some have been broadcasting only regionally.
From Telecompaper:

DAB+ to become available nationwide in Austria
03.08.2018 - Austria - Austria
Up to 83% of the Austrian population will receive DAB+ radio programming as the country's media regulator KommAustria has awarded the first nationwide DAB+ multiplex to network operator ORS. Digitalradio Österreich chairman Wolfgang Struber: "Our goal is to provide all listeners in Austria with more radio services on DAB+. We are very pleased about the positive license notification to the ORS for the national radio coverage."
From Digitalradio Österreich:

Austria to launch nationwide DAB+ in 2019
03.08.2018 - Austria - Austria
KommAustria has issued a 10-year DAB+ multiplex licence to network operator ORS, enabling 11 commercial radio stations to broadcast nationwide, some of which are new, and others are currently broadcast regionally. Said Michael Ogris, Chairman of KommAustria: “DAB+ is the way out of the FM radio frequency scarcity in Austria and allows much more radio programme variety."
From RTR:

DAB+ services to launch nationwide across Austria
03.08.2018 - Austria - Austria
The Austrian broadcast regulator KommAustria has granted a licence for a period of ten years to the company ORS for the operation of a new nationwide DAB+ network.
From Media Magazin NL:

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.
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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