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50m DAB receivers sold

WorldDAB has released its latest collection of sales and coverage figures for key markets in Europe and Asia Pacific to the end of Q2 2016. The statistics include road and overall population coverage, receiver sales, household penetration and, for the first time, the number of national stations on DAB/DAB+ compared to FM.

Key findings include:

  • Almost 50 million consumer and automotive receivers (48,232,000) have been sold across the featured markets
  • In the majority of markets, up to 5x as many national stations are available on DAB/DAB+ as on to FM / AM
  • Coverage in Norway and Switzerland is at 99.5 per cent, with Denmark, The UK, The Netherlands and Germany close behind
  • Over half of radio listening in Switzerland is now digital (53 per cent)
  • Household receiver penetration in Norway is now at 67 per cent with the UK close behind with 56 per cent
  • Germany, Netherlands, Italy, France and Belgium all show signs of positive growth in the last year

“Digital radio continues to go from strength to strength with all markets making significant progress in the last six months,” said Patrick Hannon, President of WorldDAB. “The leading markets in Europe and Asia Pacific have almost 50 million DAB receivers on the market, offering an impressive selection of national stations compared to FM/analogue broadcasts.

“Norway will soon be making history by switching off FM services, Switzerland will do the same from 2020. With Denmark and The UK not far behind and Germany working on a roadmap for its own DSO plans, there is clear momentum for digital radio from policy makers, broadcasters and listeners.”

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