Poland

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Regular multiplexes were launched by Polskie Radio in Warsaw and Katowice in October 2013 and four more cities in 2014. A further 12 cities launched in Spring 2015 – bringing population coverage to 53.8%. In December 2015 Polskie Radio switched on a digital transmitter in Solec Kujawski, thereby increasing the total national DAB+ signal to 55.6% of the Polish population.

Representatives of Polish radio stations discussed the potential transition to broadcasting in DAB+ during a conference held in May 2018 to discuss the country's radio future, with 47 frequencies to be distributed to 34 cities. KRRiT chairman Witold Kołodziejski said that the organisation was considering DAB+ as the sole successor to FM in Poland, as analogue frequencies were now exhausted.

Total population coverage in Poland stands at 56% (March 2019).

 

Last update: 29-08-2018 - older versions

A detailed list and information on parameters of DAB+ transmitters in Poland is available on the network provider EmiTel website where data is updated on regular basis. 

English version:  https://www.emitel.pl/2/radio/digital-radio-dab/current-dab-emission-parameters/ 

There is an internet forum (Polish only) where people can share experiences on reception, receiver availability and features, get information about future plans and discuss digital radio implementation strategies: http://forum.emitel.pl

Regular services

The regular national/regional multiplexes have sites in in Warszawa, Katowice, Wroclaw, Szczecin, Lodz, Opole, Krakow, Bialystok, Gdansk, Bydgoszcz, Kielce, Kolobrzeg, Koszalin, Lublin, Olsztyn, Poznan, Rzeszow, Torun, Zielona Gora and Solec Kujawski reaches 20.8 million people.

Region 

Channel Number

Coverage % population (mobile)

Content

Warszawa

6B

7

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Katowice

10A

9

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Szczecin

11A

10

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast, 1 regional digital only

Wroclaw

12B

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast, 1 regional digital only

Kielce

5D

1

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Lodz

5C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Opole

11C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Bialystok

5B

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Gdansk

10D

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Bydgoszcz

11C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Koszalin

12D

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Lublin

10B

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Olsztyn

10C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Poznan

12A

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Rzeszow

11A

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Zielona Gora

12C

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast

Krakow

12D

 

4 national simulcast, 4 national digital only, 1 regional simulcast, 1 regional digital only

 

Trial services

The trial local multiplex in Kielce covers the city and suburban areas and reaches 250,000 people. The trial local multiplex in Szczecin covers the city and suburban areas and reaches 600,000 people.

Region  Channel Number  Coverage % population (mobile) Content
Kielce 5D 1 4 national simulcast, 4 regional simulcast
Toruń 10A 3 4 national simulcast, 4 regional simulcast
Szczecin 12B 10

4 national simulcast, 4 regional simulcast

 

 

 

 

The DAB+  implementation schedule

1st Oct 2013  regular DAB+ services in Warsaw and Katowice

1st Aug 2014, regular DAB+ services in Gdansk, Kielce, Krakow, Wroclaw and Szczecin

1st Oct 2014, regular DAB+ services in Poznan, Lodz and Opole

1st Jan 2015, regular DAB+ services in Bydgoszcz, Koszalin, Olsztyn and Zielona Gora

1st Apr 2015, regular DAB+ services in Bialystok, Lublin and Rzeszow

The whole country by the end of 2020

The plan can be seen in the image below:

Last update: 08-03-2019 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

After the switch off of analogue TV in 2013, Polskie Radio started  two regular DAB+ transmissions with four national simulcast services  (Jedynka, Dwojka, Trojka, Czworka, Polish Radio External Service), three exclusive DAB+ services (Polskie Radio 24, Radio Poland and Radio Rytm) and two  regional simulcast services (supplied by public regional radio stations, depending on region).

Ultimately 5 unique national and 1 unique regional DAB+ services will be broadcast. The multiplex will contain solely public radio services.

Jedynka
News & current affairs, sports, culture and mainstream music
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Dwójka
A program for connoisseurs of highbrow music and literature.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Trójka
Cult music and current affairs station.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Czwórka
About the young, for the young.
The latest trends in music and culture.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Radio Poland
Radio Poland's international network for expatriate communities in Poland.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Polskie Radio 24
Polish Radio’s news & current affairs network.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Radio Rytm
Easy-listening music and news.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Radio Katowice
Regional broadcaster with the widest coverage in Poland.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Polskie Radio RDC (Polish Radio RDC)
Traditions of Polish Radio in the Mazovia region coupled with 21st century dynamics.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
October 1, 2013

Dzieciom
A station for kids and their parents.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions

fourth quarter of 2014

Polskie Radio dla Seniorow
For the young at heart.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
2015

Polskie Radio Edukacyjne
Popular science for the young.
Launch of DAB+ transmissions
2015

Slideshow is one of two must have functionalities of DAB in Poland. All services broadcast in DAB use DLS and SLS services. Additionally Journaline and EPG are also broadcast together with Polskie Radio and Radio Lodz. 

Some of the SLS services on air are very simple (station logo or some DAB promotional pictures) and some are more dynamic. Radio Wroclaw uses SLS for news and slides are being refreshed according to new items appearing on their website. 

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 21 7 28
Data services 1 0 1
Total22729

Last update: 10-08-2017 - older versions

DAB+ receivers are available through retailers and internet shops. Offers are extended almost every day as digital radio extends coverage and is being noticed by importers, retailers and listeners.

ZIPSEE Digital Poland asks for clear rules for DAB+ receivers

In August 2017, the Polish association of importers and manufacturers of electrical appliances and electronics, ZIPSEE Digital Poland, sent a letter to Minister of Digitisation Anna Strezynska, requesting a regulation stating the minimum technical requirements for digital radio receivers. The companies belonging to the association complain of unfair competition from sellers of digital receivers using the old DAB standard, while Poland has adopted DAB+.

According to research from GFK Poland, 10% of all digital radio receivers sold since the end of September 2016 were of the old, DAB standard. These are not compatible with the DAB+ signal and consumers have been misled by retailers selling the non-compliant receivers, who have exploited shoppers' lack of knowledge.

 

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Polish broadcast operator BCAST launched a trial local DAB+ multiplex in Warsaw on 24 August 2018. The multiplex will include local radio stations including Radio Kolor or Muzo.fm, as well as national broadcasters, like Radio Maryja, and also for the first time internet stations such as Radiojazz.fm.

6 Trial local DAB+ multiplexes are also on air in Poland and provide additional coverage.

 

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There are two regulators for broadcasting media in Poland. The National Broadcasting Council manages and issues licences, while the Office of Electronic Communications governs the frequency spectrum. The two bodies work closely together. 

Polish frequency plans for T-DAB contain three multiplexes located in the VHF Band III and will be started after the switch off of analogue TV in 2013.

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KRRiT (the National Broadcasting Council of Poland) has launched a website dedicated to digital radio broadcasting (http://www.krrit.gov.pl/radio-cyfrowe).

The website contains reports, information on conferences, seminars and workshops about DAB+ technology as well as links to other pages related to this topic. KRRiT encourages experts  interested in the subject to visit their website and add their articles, presentations or case studies.

 As part of a media campaign in 2015, a promotional video was created by Polskie Radio to highlight the benefits of listening to radio on DAB+.  Entitled, "Digital radio gives you more.", the video communicates the additional benefits of listening to radio on a DAB+ device; better sound, more choice, more content. 

 

 

 

Great change for the radio market as Norway the first to switch off FM
29.12.2016 - Norway - Norway - Poland - Poland
Norway is the first country in the world to turn off analogue radio and switch exclusively to digital radio via DAB+. Many countries across Europe will be looking at Norway, when deciding on the future of radio in their country.
From Business Insider:

Increase in digital radio sales across Poland
12.12.2016 - Poland - Poland
In Poland 42, 300 digital radios have been sold according to new research from GfK on behalf of the National Broadcasting Council of Poland (KRRiT). Between January and September 2016, 15,600  digital radios were sold, up 73 percent compared to 2015.
From Rzeczpospolita:

Changes on Polskie Radio multiplex
03.12.2016 - Poland - Poland
The Polish public broadcaster Polskie Radio is making changes to the frequencies of 14 out of 25 digital radio stations. The changeover will happen from 1 to 21 December 2016 and will be carried out at the request of the broadcaster. Polskie Radio will spread to 10 stations on its multiplexes, depending on the region.
From RadioWoche:

A guide to digital radio in Poland
01.11.2016 - Poland - Poland
Digital radio can currently be received  in the following cities: Bialystok, Kielce, Koszalin, Krakow, Lublin, Lodz, Opole, Poznan, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Torun, Tri-City, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Zielona Gora. Trial transmissions are also being conducted in the area of ​​Siedlce.
From Auto Świat:

REVO SuperSystem - the evolution of home stereo
26.10.2016 - Poland - Poland
SuperSystem is adapted to receive a full range of digital radio standards DAB & DAB+ alongside FM radio with RDS and Internet radio with access to 30 thousand stations from around the world.
From PC Format:

Pioneer: new car radios with USB, Bluetooth and DAB+
19.10.2016 - Poland - Poland
Two new models equipped with a DAB+ digital radio receiver, DEH-4900DAB and MVH-290DAB, have been launched. Both models come with time shift function that allows the listener to rewind live radio.
From Auto Świat:

Future for DAB+ in Poland
14.10.2016 - Poland - Poland
Following the European Radio Forum Peter Iwicki from Polish Radio, reflects on future of digital radio in Poland.
From Niezalezna.pl:

European Radio Forum in Krakow - the technological future of radio
12.10.2016 - Poland - Poland
Public media broadcasters from all over Europe, representatives from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), WorldDAB and representatives from the automotive industry, gathered in Poland for the European Radio Forum. The conference was devoted to the technological future of radio. Among the speakers were: Helen Boaden - Director of BBC Radio, Willi Steul - CEO Deutschlandradio, Miklos Vaszily - Director General of the Hungarian public television and radio MTVA, Rene Zavoral - Director General of Czech Radio and Graham Dixon - Director of Radio at the EBU.
From MediaFM.net:

Polish Radio: a DAB+ pioneer
11.10.2016 - Poland - Poland
Polish Radio is the pioneer of digital broadcasting in this country, having launched its first DAB transmissions three years ago. It has since been advocating the further development of this.
From thenews.pl:

Radio going digital
WorldDAB Members News - 10.10.2016 - European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - Poland - Poland
Sławek Szefs reports how the participants of this international event organized by Polish Radio have come to the conclusion that, what is most needed at present, is a coherent strategy for public broadcasters to push forward with the digitalisation process.
From Radio Poland:

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 38.5 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 56%
Services: 28 DAB+, 1 Data
Last update: 08.03.2019

Useful Links

dab.polskieradio.pl
Office of Electronic Communications
The National Broadcasting Council (Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji (KRRiT))
Radio cyfrowe