Denmark

Last update: 09-08-2017 - older versions

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, and for the first time in many years radio listening went up in 2016. 36% of radio listening is digital (Source 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.

Denmark has issued a clear roadmap for digital radio, with a transition to DAB+ by 1 October 2017 and a decision on DSO when 50% of listening is digital.
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. The roadmap was adjusted in April 2016.

Key features of the roadmap are:

- national information campaign, financed by the state is going to take place around shift to DAB+

- decision to switch off FM to be taken when 50% of listening is digital (currently at 36%)

- swap of content on MUX1 and MUX2 in October 2017 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

- free licences for spare capacity in MUX3 will be available in mid 2016. The mulitiplex is delayed but will be launched with 82 regional channels. Most of them will be simulcasts of FM stations.

Current Status 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: 19-12-2016 - 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 has more than doubled to 11% – up from 5% in 2015 (Source: JATO Dynamics 2015).

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: 18-01-2017 - 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 (currently at 36%)

- 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: 08-09-2017 - 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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DAB digital radio sales approach 60 million worldwide
17.10.2017 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Germany - Germany - Norway - Norway - Belgium - Belgium - Netherlands - Netherlands - Australia - Australia - Denmark - Denmark - Italy - Italy - France - France - Switzerland - Switzerland
WorldDAB’s latest market report reveals that, by the end of Q2 2017, almost 60 million consumer and automotive DAB/DAB+ receivers (58,432,000) had been sold in Europe and Asia Pacific – up from 48 million one year earlier.
From WorldDAB:

DAB+ provides more quality and choice for listeners (video)
02.10.2017 - Denmark - Denmark
Speakers including Culture Minister Mette Bock, Teracom Boss, Martin Løbel and BBC's Steve Titherington, spoke at a press conference on the expansion of DAB+ across Denmark. DAB+ provides listeners with radio that is not dependant on IP or dictated by algorithms with more choice compared to standard FM. Watch the videos.
From AVM:

Teracom launch new DAB+ services in Denmark
WorldDAB Members News - 02.10.2017 - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) - Teracom A/S - Denmark - Denmark
On October 1, Denmark moved from DAB to DAB+, launching 12 additional radio channels including services from BBC, Extra Bladet and Bauer Media.
From AVM:

Ekstra Bladet and the BBC World Service get the ball rolling on DAB+
WorldDAB Members News - 28.09.2017 - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) - Teracom A/S - Denmark - Denmark
Ekstra Bladet and the BBC World Service are the first new players on the new nationwide commercial DAB+ radio network in Denmark. Several other agreements are on the way, reports the network provider, Teracom.
From MediaWatch:

Ekstra Bladet Radio now on DAB+ in Denmark
WorldDAB Members News - 28.09.2017 - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) - Teracom A/S - Denmark - Denmark
On Thursday evening, the Danes got two brand new channels on the DAB+ radio network. In addition to the BBC World Service, Ekstra Bladet Radio moves to the brand new network that was officially opened by Culture Minister Mette Bock on Thursday. 80% of Danes will be able to listen to Ekstra Bladet Radio, which only plays music by Danish artists.
From Ekstra Bladet:

British BBC and Ekstra Bladet Radio are now in DAB+
WorldDAB Members News - 28.09.2017 - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) - Denmark - Denmark
Danes can now tune into the BBC World Service and Ekstra Bladet Radio in the latest DAB+ format. The transition from DAB to DAB+ radio in Denmark now allows for 12 new radio stations.
From Kristeligt Dagblad:

Digital Radio grows in Northern Europe
20.09.2017 - Norway - Norway - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Netherlands - Netherlands - Denmark - Denmark - Germany - Germany - Switzerland - Switzerland - Poland - Poland - Belgium - Belgium - France - France
With 50 million receivers now sold, DAB radio is popular in Norway, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and is growing in Poland, Belgium and France. In Norway, DAB receivers are now supplied in 98% of new cars, in 88% in the UK, and 66% in Switzerland. During the WorldDAB session at IBC2017, Patrick Hannon, President WorldDAB, reaffirmed the call from EU authorities to halt the sales of analogue-only radio receivers in Europe.
From Rai:

Strong growth in digital radio sales
24.08.2017 - Norway - Norway - Belgium - Belgium - Denmark - Denmark - France - France - Germany - Germany - Italy - Italy - Netherlands - Netherlands - Sweden - Sweden - Switzerland - Switzerland
In the first half of the year, sales of digital radios were growing at a tremendous rate throughout Europe. Consistently double-digit growth rates in an analysis in nine different countries indicate a regular boom. On average, it was a 30 percent growth from January to July.
From Digitalfernsehen:

Strong growth for digital radio sales in Europe
24.08.2017 - Belgium - Belgium - Denmark - Denmark - France - France - Germany - Germany - Italy - Italy - Norway - Norway - Netherlands - Netherlands - Sweden - Sweden - Switzerland - Switzerland
The first half of 2017 has seen rapid growth in sales of DAB+ receivers across Europe – driven by Norway’s switchover from FM to DAB+ and the development of digital radio markets across the continent. The latest GfK research, covering nine European markets, shows a 30 percent increase in sales volumes for the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year.
From Content+Technology:

Growth in sales of DAB+ receivers continues
18.08.2017 - Norway - Norway - Belgium - Belgium - Denmark - Denmark - France - France - Germany - Germany - Italy - Italy - Netherlands - Netherlands - Sweden - Sweden - Switzerland - Switzerland
“These figures demonstrate the strength of the market in Europe. Not only do we have the impact of digital switchovers in Norway this year and Switzerland (2020-24), but we are also seeing the rapid development of DAB+ in a growing number of territories," said Patrick Hannon, President, WorldDAB.
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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 17%
Total Sales (cumulative): 1,900,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 46%
Last update: 05.10.2017

Useful Links

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