Austria

Last update: 28-02-2019 - older versions

Following the launch of the regional DAB+ network in the eastern region of Austria in April 2018, a national DAB+ network operated by ORS will launch on 28 May 2019 with more radio programs across Austria (approximately 9-10 to start), marking the start of a new era for radio broadcasting in Austria.

The operator's plan is to build the transmitters in there phases. Phase one in May 2019 will see approximately 60% of the population covered by DAB+ signals, phase two will take place in April 2020 year, and finally phase three will take place in September next year and result in approximately about 80% population coverage.

On 2 August 2018, ORS comm GmbH & Co KG was granted a licence for the operation of the nationwide DAB+ multiplex for a period of 10 years. Within the next three years, first the provincial capitals and important traffic routes will be covered, with a planned total DAB+ coverage of approximately 83 per cent of the Austrian population.

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: 22-01-2019 - 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 is shown as follows: 

Coverage in the North:

Coverage in the South:

Coverage in the East:

Coverage in the West:


DAB+ national network expansion in 2019

Following the launch of the regional DAB+ network for the eastern region of Austria in April 2018, the national DAB+ network will launch on 28 May 2019. Over the next three years starting Jauary 2019, first the provincial capitals and important traffic routes will be covered, with a planned total coverage of approximately 83 per cent of the Austrian population.

1) On May 28, 2019, Vienna-Kahlenberg, Vienna-Liesing, Vienna-DC Tower, Graz-Schöckl, Linz-Lichtenberg and Semmering-Sonnenwendstein will be jointly connected. In the course of this first expansion phase, Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria and Upper Austria will be able to receive DAB+, with almost 60% of the Austrian population covered with a DAB+ signal.

2) The commissioning phase of the nationwide MUX will take place on March 31, 2020 and will include the locations Bregenz-Pfänder, Innsbruck-Patscherkofel, Salzburg-Gaisberg and St. PöltenJauerling. With this expansion stage, up to 75% of the Austrian population will be covered with DAB+ reception.

3) In the third stage of development, Carinthia will be opened up to receive DAB+, while the reception of DAB+ in Styria and Burgenland will be further expanded. This commissioning phase is scheduled for September 22, 2020 and will cover Bruck an der Mur-Mugl, Klagenfurt-Dobratsch, Rechnitz-Hirschenstein and Wolfsberg-Koralpe relate. The third expansion phase will increase coverage to major metropolitan areas to 83% of the Austrian population.

 

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

 

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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/.

Geneva Model M Wireless DAB + available
23.10.2013 - Germany - Germany - Austria - Austria
Geneva LAB, Swiss manufacturer of high-style all-in-one audio solutions latest model M Wireless DAB + is now available in Germany and Austria.
From Pressbox:

Vienna to Conduct DAB+ Tests by Christmas 2013
28.08.2013 - Austria - Austria
Vienna - Aug 21, 2013 - DAB+ test transmission is currently slated to begin in the Austrian capital before Christmas 2013, according to Gernot Fischer of the Digital Radio Club of Austria. Two transmitters will operate as a single frequency network, with one transmitting a 10kW signal. This test mode is scheduled to last a year, with the possibility of an extension in to 2015.
From Radio magazine (press release):

DAB+ trial planned for Vienna later this year
22.08.2013 - Austria - Austria
Before Christmas it is expected that a DAB+ trial will commence in Vienna. Two transmitter sites will be served by SFN. The trial is to remain on air for one year with the possibility of extending the trial for a further year. The objective is to make a transition to regular services in the form of a nationwide roll out from the east to the west of Austria.
From Radioszene:

Digital radio needs solidarity
29.04.2013 - Austria - Austria
A meeting to discuss the future of digital radio in Austria was held in late April. Gernot Fischer, Managing Director of Digital Radio Austria, made the event an opportunity to make a major step towards more innovation in the Austrian radio scene. He said "For the realization of digital radio in Austria, a closing of ranks of public and private radio broadcasters will be required"
From Digitalradio Austria:

Experts in Vienna discuss the future of terrestrial digital radio
13.04.2013 - Austria - Austria
The Club Digital Radio Austria is an initiative to develop the type of media 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 a goal to establish digital radio in Austria.
From Digitalradio Austria:

New club aims to establish digital radio in Austria
29.11.2012 - Austria - Austria
The Association of Electrical and Electronic industry and well-known radio operators have set a common goal and wish to establish digital radio in Austria. Consumers will benefit in addition to the existing successful programs, especially through new thematic channels such as sports, talk, news, info, classical, jazz or children's programs and thus significantly more choice than previously available have.
From Digitalradio Austria:

For now, no start of digital radio in Austria
WorldDAB Members News - 22.08.2012 - Bayern Digital Radio GmbH - Austria - Austria
A June study conducted by the Media Authority KommAustria for the assessment for the introduction of digital radio by established and new radio broadcasters shows there is a growing demand for a digital broadcasting technology.
From www.bayerndigitalradio.de:

Austrian DAB delayed by viability, concentration concerns
17.08.2012 - Austria - Austria
The Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR) said the advent of digital radio in the country will be delayed. It said a needs assessment by the Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria) in June showed plenty of ...
From Telecompaper (subscription):

Call for Interest in Austria to DAB +
WorldDAB Members News - 31.05.2012 - Bayern Digital Radio GmbH - Austria - Austria
Beginning with the first June 2012 invited the media authority KommAustria a particular existing and potential radio operators to register their interest in digital terrestrial broadcasting of radio programs and other services in Austria based on the transmission standard DAB +. If the expressions of interest have the expected utilization of at least one multiplex platform for digital radio broadcasting in the DAB + standard in each service area, will make the KommAustria a tender. The needs assessment completed on 2 July 2012.
From www.bayerndigitalradio.de:

Austria relies on DAB Plus 2012 (German)
WorldDAB Members News - 17.02.2011 - Bayern Digital Radio GmbH - Austria - Austria From www.bayerndigitalradio.de:

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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: 27.02.2019

Useful Links

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