Digital transmission

Just under 600,000 DAB+ radios sold in 2017

The trend towards digital radio continues unabated: in 2017 almost 600,000 DAB+ radios for use at home and out and about were sold. One particularly positive feature was that 85 percent of all new vehicles sold are now fitted as standard with a DAB+ radio. According to studies available to OFCOM, a total of 3.5 million devices are in circulation.

Digital radio - the radio industry plans the phase-out of FM broadcasting

By 2024 all radio programme services are to be broadcast only digitally in Switzerland, mainly on DAB+ platforms. This is the goal of the radio industry, which will cease analogue FM broadcasting of its programme services by 2024 at the latest.

Survey of demand for additional digital radio frequencies in Switzerland

In order to determine the requirements for additional frequencies for digital broadcasting of radio stations in DAB+ format, the OFCOM is launching a survey of demand. It is aimed at companies who would like to construct and operate language-regional, regional, or local DAB+ networks in Switzerland.

New digital radio network for German-speaking Switzerland

The radio licence of 10 April 2012 allows SwissMediaCast AG (SMC) to construct a third digital DAB+ transmitter network in German-speaking Switzerland. The network consists of five sub-areas and serves as a platform for regionally oriented private programme services, as well as the regional journals of the SRG.

New digital radio stations in French-speaking Switzerland

The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC) has licensed three new radio stations which will broadcast in future on DAB+ in French-speaking Switzerland. These are new offerings from Radio Rhône SA, Radio Fribourg/Freiburg SA and Soprodi Sàrl. The licences confer an entitlement to broadcast on the new DAB+ transmitter network but no entitlement to subsidies from the federal government.

Results of the public consultation on analysis of requirements for the operation of DVB-T transmitter networks in Switzerland

OFCOM received 21 responses and is publishing the results of the public consultation on analysis of requirements for the eventual award of new local, regional or national radiocommunication licences for operating DVB-T transmitter networks in Switzerland.

Award of new DVB-T licences

Following the public consultation enabling identification of the requirements for the award of regional radiocommunication licences (DVB-T) in the Haut-Valais and the Grisons, two operators have stated that they are prepared to continue to provide DVB-T services in their respective regions. OFCOM has awarded a new DVB-T licence to the two operators, with effect from 1 April 2009 and valid until the end of 2013.

Invitation to tender for eight digital radio licences in French-speaking Switzerland

The private radio offering in French-speaking Switzerland is to be expanded by a new digital platform. The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) has launched an invitation to tender for eight licences with access rights to this platform.

Radio licence for digital radio

The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) has awarded SwissMediaCast AG the technical approval (radio licence) for transmission of new digital radio programme services in German-speaking Switzerland.

Digital terms

Brief overview of digital terms

Legal framework

Switzerland is to acquire 14 full national coverages for the expansion of digital broadcasting – seven for digital television (DVB-T) and seven for digital radio (T-DAB). This is the result of the international ITU Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva which came to a close on 16 June 2006.

The Federal Council has issued the new Directives for the digital dissemination of radio and TV programmes in the VHF and UHF bands. As a result, DETEC is now able to release frequencies for digital broadcasting.

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