Denmark

Last update: 08-08-2018 - older versions

The Danish government has proposed a closure of FM broadcasting two years after more than half of radio listening is digital or in 2021 at the latest. Press release (in Danish) Full document (in Danish)

Denmark has one of the highest numbers of DAB users per capita in the world, with 46% of the population having access to a digital radio. Digital radio is driving growth in the radio industry, 28% of radio listening is digital (Source: Q1 2018 DR/Gallup).

The consensus is that FM shutdown is inevitable, in order to offer listeners more choice and the goal is to stimulate new channels on DAB.

On 29th April 2015 the Danish Ministry of Culture, together with all political parties, finalised and published a new roadmap for digital radio:
History of the roadmap:
  • Early 2017: announcement of the winner of the beauty contest for the new DAB+ MUX for commercial radios
  • July-October 2016: beauty contest for the new DAB+ MUX for commercial radios
  • February-May 2016: preparation for beauty contest to choose the gatekeeper for the new DAB+ MUX for commercial radios
  • January 2016: the Danish government decided on a gatekeeper model for the new DAB+ MUX for commercial radios
  • November 2015: report on the future of digital radio was handed in to the Danish Government

Last update: 30-03-2016 - older versions

Multiplex 2’s coverage was improved during 2012 and both multiplexes now have close to 98% indoor coverage.

Estimated timeline for DAB+ gatekeeper beauty contest

Jan 2016: Decision concerning operating model (gatekeeper)
Q1 2016: Preparation of EU tender material
Q2-3 2016: EU tender prequalification (RFI) and main bid (RFQ)
Q4 2016: Announcement of winner
Q1 2017: Establishment of commercial DAB+ multiplex
Q2 2017: Gatekeeper operation launched

Last update: 26-05-2016 - older versions

In this country there are

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The most popular digital channels are DR P7, DR P5 and DR P2. Public service broadcaster DR (Danish Radio) began regular services in 2002 and more than 15% of all radio listening is now on DAB.

Multiplex 1: Danish Radios’s DAB regular services on multiplex 1 include:
DR P1, DR P2 Klassisk, DR P3 (simulcast), DR P5, DR P6 Beat, DR P7 MIX, DR P8 Jazz and Radio24Syv.

Multiplex 2: DAB regular services on multiplex 2 include:
The Voice (SBS channel), Nova FM (SBS channel), POP FM (SBS channel), Radio100 (SBS channel), Radio24Syv (Public Service), MyRock (SBS channel), DR Nyheder (DR channel) and DR P4 (DR regional channel).

A local DAB+ trial multiplex which can carry up to nine services (as of 26/06/2015 it has four) including; Retro Radio (simulcast), Rockkanalen, Radio10FM and and an ice hockey event channel for the local club.

Danish digital radio network today

Danish Digital Radio Network Stage 1 Q3-Q4-2016

Danish Digital Radio Network Stage 2 Q1-Q2 2017

 

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB programmes 7 7 14
DAB+ programmes 11 3 14
Data services 0 1 1
Total181129

Last update: 09-04-2018 - older versions

In Denmark, following a relaxation in tax rules which treated digital radio as a “luxury good”, the proportion of cars fitted with DAB as standard has more than tripled to 17% – up from 5% in 2015 (Source: JATO Dynamics 2017).

Last update: 06-04-2017 - older versions

Cumulative sales of DAB receivers have reached 1.9 million (excludes scrapped units) (Source: Branchen ForbrugerElektronik estimate Q2 2015). Approximately 300 specialised electrical retail stores currently sell DAB radios. Supermarket and food chains are also significant players with frequent product offerings. For information on which digital radio receivers are available on the Danish market please visit http://www.digitalradio.dk/Modtagere/

In January 2015 Danish Retailer Elgiganten reported 50% increase on sales year on year compared to Christmas 2013, and two other retailers Fona and Hi-Fi Club in South Jutland reported tripling of nationwide sales.

Last update: 10-09-2013 - older versions

A local trial is conducted in DAB+ by grass roots station Kanal Plus based on off-the-shelf hardware and encoder/modulator software. The multiplex comprises local radio stations from the area north-northwest of Copenhagen.

Last update: 08-08-2018 - older versions

On 29th April 2015 the Danish Ministry of Culture, together with all political parties, finalised and published a new roadmap for digital radio, saying "the limited frequency space on FM means that we will eventually turn off FM". Read the press release here.

The overall focus of the roadmap is to speed up the process of utilising capacity in the DAB network and to secure a more rapid development of the network. 

Key features of the roadmap are:

- decision to switch off FM to be taken when 50% of listening is digital

- swap of content on MUX1 and MUX2 at the end of 2016 which will ensure that available frequencies can be brought into use, making it possible to have a commercial network operator of MUX1

- "Gatekeeper Model" will be adopted for MUX 1 (currently owned by Danish Radio) which will drive the market

- full transition from DAB to DAB+ by 1 Oct 2017

- new licences for spare capacity in MUX3 will be available by end 2015

The consensus is that FM shutdown is inevitable, in order to offer listeners more choice and the goal is to stimulate new channels on DAB.  By end 2015 new licences will be available for application, and a shift from DAB to DAB+ is now underway. 

Denmark has one of the highest numbers of DAB users per capita in the world, with 40% of the population having access to a digital radio.  Public service broadcaster DR (Danish Radio) began regular services in 2002 and more than 36% of all radio listening is digital.

Last update: 19-12-2017 - older versions

Denmark's Palaces and Culture Agency, with communications agency Prime Time, has produced a public information campaign on digital radio which will be broadcast across Denmark in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The campaign will inform everyone that DAB radio will be transmitted in DAB+ from 1st October 2017 and have furthermore as its goal to move radio listening from analogue to digital. The goal is that more than 50% of the radio listening should be digital in 2019. It is hoped that the campaign will also increase in-car digital radio listening and raise awareness on how to receive digital radio in cars.

An industry forum has been established with the participation of major stakeholders, as well as a website portal - www.mereradio.dk - providing information on digital radio in Denmark.  The campaign will receive basic public funding and will be supported by the Danish radio industry.  

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Christmas Campaign 2017

A video advertisement will run on national TV and also on Facebook, web tv and YouTube.

 

Tangent Spectrum W1
14.08.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The Danish speaker manufacturer Tangent launches radio with DAB + and a stereo speaker with Chromecast.
From Recordere:

2017: a record year for DAB receiver sales
15.05.2018 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Australia - Australia - Belgium - Belgium - Denmark - Denmark - Norway - Norway - Netherlands - Netherlands - Switzerland - Switzerland - Italy - Italy - France - France - Germany - Germany
Almost 12 million DAB receivers were sold in 2017 in Europe and Asia Pacific, a new record for yearly sales. Almost half (5.9m) of the sales were for automotive devices, with key markets showing a significant increase in the number of cars sold with DAB fitted as standard.
From WorldDAB:

Will Denmark switch off FM by 2021?
18.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
Initially, Denmark only wanted to begin a transition to digital radio after digital listening figures exceeded 50% (currently at 36%). But the Danish Ministry of Culture is proposing that FM should be switched off two years after it has been determined that the 50 percent threshold has been exceeded, but that switchover should occur if the target isn't reached by 2021.
From Radiowoche:

Danish government will deploy FM channels in 2021
10.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The Danish government announced on Thursday that it is time to switch off the FM radio, following the example of Norway. By the end of 2021, national broadcasters may only broadcast via DAB+. Denmark already decided in 2015 that FM would be switched off within two years, as soon as the percentage of digital listeners would exceed 50 percent. Currently, that percentage of DAB listeners is 38 percent.
From Nieuws:

Danish government proposes to shut down FM radio broadcasts by 2021
09.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The Danish government recently announced new media policies, and among them is a proposal that the FM band be shut down by 2021, reports radionytt.se. The demise of the FM band will take place two years after 50% of radio listening takes place via digital platforms, or by 2021 at the latest. Use of digital radio sources is at 38% now.
From Radio Magazine:

Denmark's FM shutdown and Swiss digital listening figures
09.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark - Switzerland - Switzerland
The Danish government recently announced new media policies, and among them is a proposal that the FM band be shut down by 2021, reports radionytt.se. In Switzerland, nearly 600,000 DAB-capable radios were sold in 2017. The country plans to start phasing out FM broadcasts from 2020 onwards.
From Radio Magazine:

Denmark wants to switch off FM in favour of DAB+
09.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The local Foreign Ministry prepared a new plan to end FM no later than 2021, or sooner if listening figures for digital radio reach 50%.
From Cnews:

Denmark to switch off FM by 2021
07.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The government of Denmark wants to disable analogue broadcasting via the FM system by 2021 at the latest, announced this week as part of a process to accelerate the digitisation of radio.
From Media Magazine NL:

Denmark switches off FM by 2021 at the latest
06.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
For some time the rule was that FM in Denmark takes place no later than two years after the share of digital radio listening has reached 50%. Now the Danish government has decided to set a hard closing date at 2021. Currently, the share of digital listening is 38%.
From Radio NL:

Denmark to shut down FM by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The government will shut down for FM radio by 2021. The government wants citizens to switch quickly to DAB and that citizens will have more radio channels to choose from.
From DR Denmark:

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 5.6 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 98%
Services: 14 DAB, 14 DAB+, 1 Data
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 18%
Total Sales (cumulative): 1,900,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 46%
Last update: 17.05.2018

Useful Links

Mere Denmark
DR DK Digital Radio
Digitalradio.dk
DR DK
DR RADIOKANALER
Kanal Plus
Danish Agency for Culture