Digital radio

Digital radio has been in the pipeline relatively long.  Both in Denmark and in Great Britain, DAB has been the applied digital standard in combination with FM.

However, digital radio has not gained particularly great success among listeners in competition with FM radio, which is probably due to the fact that users only experience limited added value from using digital radio.

Internationally, the radio media's digitalisation has been characterised by various technological, financial and political conditions.

Different countries have chosen different models for digitalisation, and several others are still waiting to see how things develop in the light of the rapid development of streaming and new improved digital standards.

DAB and internet radio are not the only digital radio standards – for instance, an improved version of DAB has been developed under the name DAB+. In addition, there are a number of other standards, which will not be mentioned here.

No international standard has been developed, as is the case for FM, and some question the necessity of the digitalisation of the radio media.

However, digitalisation will entail a better use of the scarce frequency resources, allowing space for more channels.

In the light of the development, it has been decided politically that the Danish Agency for Culture is to submit proposals for a long-term plan for radio digitalisation in Denmark.

In this connection, the Agency has prepared a report, which has been in public consultation over the summer of 2011. The Agency expects to be able to present its proposal to the Minister of Culture before the end of 2012.

Last updated: 17.02.2016

Article on digital television in Denmark

Keeping the balance: digital television in Denmark (PDF-format)

Article by Erik Nordahl Svendsen published in the magazine "International Journal of Digital Television" in November 2010.

The article also contains general information on the Danish TV-market.

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