Almost 12 million DAB receivers were sold in 2017 in Europe and Asia Pacific, a new record for yearly sales. Almost half (5.9 million) of the sales were for automotive devices, with key markets showing a significant increase in the number of cars sold with DAB fitted as standard.
Cumulative sales for DAB receivers have now reached over 65 million for the markets covered: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.
Patrick Hannon, President, WorldDAB said: “The last 12 months have been a strong period for DAB radio. International receiver sales are at their highest level ever – boosted by the switch-off of FM in Norway and strong growth in other European markets. Progress in automotive has been particularly impressive with nearly 6 million new cars sold with DAB radio last year. In addition to the excellent performance in Europe, it’s encouraging to see the development of emerging DAB markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. DAB is increasingly becoming a global standard.”
The UK (36 million), Germany (nearly 10 million) and Norway (nearly 6 million) have the largest installed base of receivers. There has been strong growth in sales of new cars with DAB and most new cars in Norway (98 per cent), the UK (89 per cent) and Switzerland (85 per cent) now come with DAB as standard. Population and road coverage is firmly established in all key markets.
Italy has seen a number of significant announcements in the last few months and receiver sales grew by almost one million, to 3 million at the end of 2017. Last year also saw a significant rise in road coverage, from 75 per cent to 92 per cent.