Denmark

Last update: 09-04-2018 - 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, 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: 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: 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: 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.

 

Danish government looks to cease FM by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The Danish government has announced it will explore ending FM broadcast services by 2021 at the latest, or before if digital listening figures exceed 50%. The announcement is part of the government's new media policy.
From Radionytt Sweden:

Denmark proposes FM switchoff by 2021 at the latest
05.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The Danish government has announced a new media policy, including plans to end FM services by 2021, or before if digital listening figures reach 50%.
From Denmark Ministry of Culture (press release):

Denmark proposes FM switchoff by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The Danish government will shut down the FM network in 2021, following the DSO of Norway last year.
From Lokalradio Norway:

Denmark proposes FM switchoff by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
The Danish government has proposed to switch off FM radio by 2021, or within two years after digital listening exceeds 50%, in a move to accelerate the transition to DAB+ digital radio. This is following announcement of a new government media policy.
From Regeringen:

Danish government to switch off FM in 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
Denmark will switch off FM no later than 2021, according to a new media policy announced by the government. The new policy states the switchoff can potentiall occur two years after digital listening figures exceed 50%.
From Ingeniøren:

Denmark to switch off FM by 2021
05.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
A new government recommendation states that FM will be switched off by 2021 at the latest in order to accelerate the digitisation of radio.
From Journalisten:

Goodbye to FM radio in Denmark
05.04.2018 - Denmark - Denmark
Denmark's FM network will be switched off from 2021, or earlier if digital listening figures exceed 50%, from which the switchoff will take place after two years.
From Jyllands-Posten:

DAB+ news from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands
WorldDAB Members News - 23.01.2018 - Paneda - Germany - Germany - Denmark - Denmark - Netherlands - Netherlands
Beginning 31 January, 12 new commercial radio stations will take to the air via DAB+ in the German cities of Leipzig and Freiberg, due to promotion of local DAB+ multiplexes by the Saxon State Media Authority for Private Broadcasting and New Media (SLM). In Denmark, transmission services provider Teracom has ordered three additional DAB+ multiplexers from Paneda. In the Flanders part of the Netherlands, anyone traveling between Central Zeeland and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen can now continue to listen to DAB+ in the car without interruption.
From Radio magazine:

Teracom Denmark orders additional three multiplexers to extend current DAB+ platform
WorldDAB Members News - 18.01.2018 - Paneda - Denmark - Denmark
Teracom Denmark has ordered three new multiplexers from Paneda, aimed at extending DAB+ services across Denmark.
From Paneda - Press Release:

Bauer Media Denmark orders more DAB multiplexer systems from Paneda
WorldDAB Members News - 11.01.2018 - Paneda - Denmark - Denmark
The system has been installed in the existing datacenter and contains both multiplexers and encoders. The system will be used for the Bauer Media expansion of DAB in Denmark, and in particular for its regional broadcasting. Capacity in the multiplexers will be offered also for local radio stations.
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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