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: 09-08-2017 - 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.

The website for the current campaign promoting DAB+ in Denmark is http://mereradio.dk/. Download flyer 

Infographic: WorldDMB shows digital radio progress
16.09.2014 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Australia - Australia - Norway - Norway - France - France - Switzerland - Switzerland - Denmark - Denmark - Germany - Germany - Italy - Italy - Netherlands - Netherlands
Infographics developed by WorldDMB report that from 2008 - 2013; over 1.6 million DAB+ receivers have sold in Australia; 1.5 million in Switzerland; nearly 1.2 milion in Norway, but over 20 million throughout the U.K.
From Telematics News:

WorldDMB: World boom in digital radio
14.09.2014 - Australia - Australia - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Germany - Germany - Netherlands - Netherlands - Denmark - Denmark - Italy - Italy - Switzerland - Switzerland - France - France - Norway - Norway
Digital radio network coverage has continued to expand throughout Europe over the past year, according to a new report launched at IBC by WorldDMB, a global industry forum for digital radio promoting DAB, DAB+ and DMB. Many countries are already experiencing almost complete penetration of digital radio; it is now at 99% in Switzerland, 98% in Denmark, 95% in Netherlands, 94% in the UK and 91% in Germany. Although in pre-launch phase, Italy has already reached 65% population coverage.
From TVB Europe:

Danes Make Plans for DAB+ Switch
25.04.2014 - Denmark - Denmark
The Danish government has altered the timeline for the country’s transition from DAB to DAB+, shifting it to occur between 2016 and 2018, according to Radio.NL.
From Radio World:

Revised timetable for switch from DAB to DAB+ in Denmark
22.04.2014 - Denmark - Denmark
Denmark initially planned the switch from DAB to DAB+ to commence later this year.However a new timetable from the Danish government has pushed back this switch to take place between 2016 and 2018
From Radio.nl:

Revised timeline for rollout of DAB+ approved by Danish politicians
18.03.2014 - Denmark - Denmark
A new regional DAB MUX-3 will be implemented in DAB+ format in 13 regions and be ready for use in 2015.
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BMW Calls for Clear Decision About Radio Standards
17.03.2014 - Denmark - Denmark
Bertram Hock, group leader, Broadcast Receiver Development for automaker BMW, says the Danish government needs to make a clear decision about DAB radio.
From Radio World:

BMW: Take the decision on FM switch off now
13.03.2014 - Denmark - Denmark
BMW calls on politicians to make a clear decision on the future of DAB and calls for consumers to be properly informed of the exciting new opportunities available via digital radio.
From RadioAssistant.dk:

Denmark shifts from DAB to DAB+ and makes room for “a digital radio explosion”
25.09.2013 - Denmark - Denmark
Danes will be able to receive more digital radio channels than ever before from 2014 as Denmark approves a revised timetable for transition to DAB+ digital radio.
From RadioAssistant:

Digital Switchover for Denmark in 2019
15.10.2012 - Denmark - Denmark
The Danish government’s new media policy for the period 2012–2014 has defined 2019 as the year for the country’s digital switchover. This providing that at least half of all radio listening in the country is digital by 2018
From Radio World:

Denmark: Digital radio switchover in 2019
WorldDAB News - 10.10.2012 - Denmark - Denmark
The signing of a new media policy agreement by the Danish government for the period of 2012-2014 has seen a clear focus on DAB digital radio and its expansion with a proposed date for FM switchover in 2019.

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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 10%
Total Sales (cumulative): 1,900,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 46%
Last update: 04.04.2017

Useful Links

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