Helwin Lesch, Head of Distribution and Controlling, Bayerischer Rundfunk
In the midst of a positive summer for DAB+, the German public broadcaster ARD has put together a document with 10 key facts about digital radio in Germany.
With almost 1.5 million digital radios in houses across Bavaria and more and more cars including DAB+ as standard, the document looks at coverage across Germany, the need for a pan-European approach and the proposed migration from FM.
Listening to digital radio in Bavaria has skyrocketed with an increase of 74 percent compared to 2015 with DAB+ available in all German metropolitan areas.
Earlier this year the German-French Radio Commission requested German and French Governments ask EU Institutions to assist with EU-wide market development of digital radio, by making it mandatory for all new radio receivers sold to be equipped with DAB+.
With momentum for DAB+ continuing to build, the factsheet outlines ARD’s proposed approach for a switchover to DAB+ and the need for a clear roadmap.
ARD has developed a two-step model for the rollout of DAB+ encompassing an expansion and migration phase, and will quickly roll out networks to reach the envisaged target of 95% coverage in Germany between 2018 and 2020. After that a concrete procedure to phase out FM must be decided during the migration phase as lessons from elsewhere show the market benefits from a clearly communicated timetable.
Kindly translated into English by Bayerischer Rundfunk, the full factsheet is available to view and download here.