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The Dutch launch of DAB+ has been called the most successful yet in Europe, thanks to high sales figures for digital receivers. The commercial radio stations (VCR) and the public radio stations (NPO) both have 95% coverage. NPO extended coverage of its existing DAB multiplex from 70% to 95% in early 2014, and migrated services to DAB+ in 2013. Commercial stations were launched from 1st September 2013 and the total number of stations increased from 9 to 21.

Digital Radio Netherlands is leading the promotion of DAB+, using the international DAB+ logo. 

Increase in national services with DAB+ vs FM

By using DAB+ the national public broadcaster NPO went from 4 channels on FM to 15 currently on DAB+.

For the national commercial broadcasters: at present, they have gone from 9 on FM to 18 currently on DAB+.

For regional stations, by using DAB+ their coverage area becomes much greater.


Awareness of DAB+ or Digital Radio+ is reasonably high; 58% of the Dutch know Digital Radio and/or DAB+.

Weekly 90% of the population (10+) listens to the radio (nearly 13.2 mio)
• 53.3% listens at home
• 17% in car or on the move
• 22 listens at work or at school

Source GfK 2015

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The public broadcaster’s population coverage is currently 95%. The commercial broadcasters’ reached 95% outdoor coverage on 1st September 2013. NPO extended the network with a further 14 transmitter sites in early 2014. By 2015, the network will be further extended with an additional 24 transmitter sites, enabling good indoor reception across virtually all of the Netherlands.

NPO Coverage 2014 - 95% outdoor                               NPO coverage September 2017


VCR coverage 2014 - 95% outdoor

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The Netherlands has two national multiplexes (NPO and VCR) and one (national) layer consisting of five regional multiplexes (frequency block 9D is used twice).

Furthermore the layer of MTV-NL is also national consisting of 9 regional muxes.

In total, there are 94 DAB+ simulcast, 18 DAB+ exclusive, 1 DMB simulcast, 1 Data exclusive (TPEG) programmes. 

Dynamic slideshow is used on NPO Radio 1 (public broadcaster), which airs weather, traffic, headlines and news.


There are two regular national DAB+ multiplexes, 5 regular regional multiplexes and one trial national DMB multiplex on air. The NPO national DAB+ multiplex carries eleven programmes from public service broadcaster NPO; four are simulcasts of regular FM/AM radio broadcasts and seven are exclusive to DAB+ and are broadcast also online. In May 2014 Dutch public broadcaster NPO started transmitting slideshow images (SLS) via DAB+ on the majority of its programming channels. Broadcast Partners operates the national commercial multiplex and carries 18 DAB+ services (9 exclusive to DAB+ and 9 simulcasts of FM stations) as well as TPEG traffic information data service.

-       NPO (public broadcaster) mux : 4 simulcast and 7 DAB+ only (NPO will add 4 extra DAB+ 

-       VCR (commercial broadcasters) mux : 9 simulcast and 9 DAB+ only (and 1 TPEG)

-       MTV-NL: 3 simulcast and 2 DAB+ only, and 1 DMB simulcast channel


There are 13 simulcast (no dab+ only) regional public services on air.

There are 31 simulcast (no dab+ only) regional commercial services on air.

-       9D-north: 15 simulcast

-       6B: 16 simulcast

-       8A: 17 simulcast

-       9D-south: 13 simulcast

-       7A: 17 simulcast

More information on the regional multiplexes is available at

Feature of exclusive services on DAB+ digital radio in the Netherlands

Sky Radio Christmas is on air every year from 1st of October till end of December (3 months in a row). The rest of the year it is Sky radio Hits (non-stop station).


Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 94 18 112
DMB programmes 1 0 1
Data services 0 1 1

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In the Netherlands, 60% of weekly radio listening in the Netherlands is done in cars or on the move and 20% of all listening time is in cars. In the Netherlands, 38% of new cars had DAB as standard in the first half of 2018 (Source JATO Dynamics).

Co-operation with car industry is crucial to the success of DAB+ and the automotive industry is supported through information sessions where car audio retailers and installers are kept up to date with developments in digital radio and supporting marketing campaigns promoting DAB+ digital radio listening. 

Each year approximately 400,000 new cars are sold.

The website provides solutions for after-market in collaboration with several companies and is constantly updated.

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Over 875,000 devices, including  domestc and line fit automotive have been sold. 39% of new cars sold have DAB+ fitted as standard. 




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MTVNL is currently testing DMB transmissions in The Hague area.

Last update: 09-02-2018 - older versions

Key features of regulation for digital radio in the Netherlands are:

  • Two national MUX, one public and one commercial, using DAB+
  • All of the current national FM commercial broadcasters are now transmitting in DAB+
  • All new FM and MW licenses (granted in 2011) contain a condition to broadcast digitally (simulcasting)
  • The Dutch government issues DAB licences and determines the terms and conditions that apply to the use of DAB in the Netherlands. It was announced that Band III and L-Band should be used for DAB based services. Broadcasters may choose to use DAB, DAB+ or DMB. The majority of interested parties have chosen DAB+.
  • National commercial stations have obtained a multiplex licence for a minimum of 16 DAB stations. Regional stations (both public and commercial) had until 10 June 2011 to inform the minister if they would use a commercial regional mux, or piggy back on an already issued mux (operated by MTVNL). Local radio is interested in Band III as well.
  • Mobile TV Netherlands (MTVNL) owns a licence for nationwide mobile TV, radio and data broadcast in Band III and currently has an extensive test network operating in the Haaglanden, Hilversum and the Eindhoven regions.
  • By September 1st 2015, 21 services (from 13 regional public stations) were on air and the regional commercial services will start in all allotments.
  • 34 regional radio stations will be able to receive DAB+ licenses. Only commercial radio stations that already have a legal permit for DAB+ may enrol for consideration. Licences were awarded Aug. 10 2015
  • 2016: review on the development of digital radio.
  • Depending on success of digital radio, DSO is possible – with potential date of 2023.
  • Important indicators: >50% of households own a digital radio and developments in other European countries.
  • Public broadcaster NPO switched off AM on the 1st September 2015 and from then on will use DAB+ instead of AM for broadcasting NPO Radio 5. 

Last update: 03-05-2018 - older versions

2017 Campaign

The Netherlands is on track when it comes to the roll out of DAB+ according to research by Digital Radio NL. Data shows that since the start of the campaign "Let's get digital 'in May 2014, the awareness of digital radio increased to 72%. The number of DAB+ radios sold in 2016 increased by 33% compared to 2015.

The joint marketing campaign “let’s get digital” was launched Q2 2014 and supported by public and commercial broadcasters and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. 

The website was set up to raise awareness of DAB+ in The Netherlands.


2016 Campaign

Digital Radio NL campaign

Flight 1 -> February 15 until March 6

Flight 2 -> April 11 until May 1

Flight 3 -> May 30 until June 12

Flight 4 -> August 15 until September 4

Flight 5 -> September 26 until October 7

Flight 6 -> November 28 until December 18

2015 Campaigns
Summer 2015  

A TV campaign ran on NPO, NPO2 and NPO3 using radio personalities to promote digital radio.  

DAB+ Let’s get digital 1 from DAB+ Digitale Radio on Vimeo.

DAB+ Let’s get digital 2 from DAB+ Digitale Radio on Vimeo.


Spring 2015 

A spring campaign for Digital Radio+ (DAB+) was launched on the national radio stations. Here listeners are reminded of the benefits of digital radio. Former radio deejay Leo van der Goot is featured in the ad spot.The Spring spot on the radio is one of the campaigns to be launched this year for DAB+. This year again various activities are organised to increase awareness of DAB+. At the AutoRAI event a presentation will be given to inform the automotive industry about digital radio. Minister Kamp will hold talks with the automotive industry to deliver more new cars as standard with a DAB+ digital radio.

DAB+ and IP gives optimum radio user experience
10.10.2018 - Netherlands - Netherlands
Radio innovates fully in a world that is becoming increasingly digital. The combination between DAB+ and IP provides an optimal user experience for listeners in smartspeakers and connected cars.
From Radio NL:

More than a million DAB+ radios sold in the Netherlands
10.10.2018 - Netherlands - Netherlands
In the Netherlands, 1.08 million DAB+ radios have been sold, with around 300,000 in the past year. In the first half of 2018, 38 percent of the newly sold cars drove out of the garage with standard DAB+ on board.
From Radio Freak:

Digital Radio NL symposium endorses hybrid radio
09.10.2018 - Netherlands - Netherlands
The key message from the Digital Radio Day that took place in Amsterdam on Tuesday this week is that it is the combination of DAB+ (broadcast) and internet (metadata) which provides an optimal user experience for listeners in smart speakers and connected cars. The Netherlands is at the forefront of DAB+ radio sales - in the first half of 2018, 38% of the new cars have DAB+ as standard (Jato Dynamics).
From Digitalradio NL:

DAB+ in the spotlight during Week of Digital Radio in Flanders
06.10.2018 - Netherlands - Netherlands
All Flemish radio stations will promote the "Week of Digital Radio" from 12-16 November, including informing listeners about the rollout of DAB+, and also to assist with the ongoing listener transition towards digital radio.
From Media Magazin NL:

Sky Radio Christmas again via DAB+
01.10.2018 - Netherlands - Netherlands
For the sixth time, Sky Radio Christmas has started broadcasting on DAB+ radio, temporarily replacing Sky Hit Radio on channel 11C in the Netherlands. Last year, Sky Radio reached 5.8 million Dutch people with its Christmas music.
From Radio Freak NL:

Sky Radio Christmas goes to air on DAB+ in Netherlands
01.10.2018 - Netherlands - Netherlands
For the sixth time, Sky Radio Christmas has started broadcasting on DAB+ radio, temporarily replacing Sky Hit Radio on channel 11C in the Netherlands.
From Radio NL:

Sky Radio Christmas goes to air in Netherlands
01.10.2018 - Netherlands - Netherlands
For the sixth time, Sky Radio Christmas has started broadcasting on DAB+ radio, temporarily replacing Sky Hit Radio on channel 11C in the Netherlands.
From Totaal TV:

WorldDAB session at IBC 2018: Radio at the heart of the new digital landscape
27.09.2018 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Netherlands - Netherlands
Over 100 people attended WorldDAB's IBC seminar "Radio's Digital Strategy" last Monday, exploring the importance of radio within a larger digital framework, and how 4G mobile technology alone cannot support the delivery of radio. A major theme was integration of DAB with other technologies for a full listener experience and long-term health of radio.
From Asia Radio Today:

Digital radio moves ahead in a mixed economy
25.09.2018 - Netherlands - Netherlands
Digital audio consumption is increasing and the WorldDAB session at IBC2018 entitled “Radio’s Digital Strategy” provided a comprehensive focus on audio delivering platforms other than the traditional broadcast airwaves. During the conference, several delegates emphasized that radio has to be easily available where the audience is looking for audio entertainment services. “Radio still is Europe’s most trusted media,” European Broadcasting Union head of radio Graham Dixon said.
From Radio World:

IBC2018: Radio's Digital Strategy details radio's challenge with smart speakers
17.09.2018 - Netherlands - Netherlands
The Radio's Digital Strategy, organised by WorldDAB at IBC2018, explored how radio can deliver new content to the listener, in today’s new landscape that includes Google, Amazon, Sonos and Apple Music. The session featured European Broadcasting Union President Graham Dixon on how smart speakers can offer broadcasters the opportunity to bring radio back into the heart of the home, and in the car, as well as a panel discussion featuring VRT's Wim Moortgat and Commercial Radio Australia CEO Joan Warner on how broadcasters are adopting into its commercial business model.
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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 17.0 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 95%
Services: 112 DAB+, 1 DMB, 1 Data
Line-fit automotive sales (cumulative): 452,955 devices
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 38%
Total Sales (cumulative): 1,083,789 devices
Last update: 30.10.2018

Useful Links
DAB+ information news site
Digital Radio+
Dutch Government
Mobile TV Netherlands (MTVNL)
Public broadcaster (NPO)
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