DAB digital radio sales reach 71m worldwide

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WorldDAB’s latest market report reveals that, by the end of Q2 2018, over 71 million consumer and automotive DAB/DAB+ receivers had been sold in Europe and Asia Pacific – up from 58 million in Q2 2017.

The data published by WorldDAB draws on multiple sources to give a comprehensive overview of the latest statistics on DAB receiver sales, road and population coverage, household penetration and the number of national stations on DAB/DAB+ compared to FM. The report covers Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

DAB is seeing significant activity across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa and the infographic also details the rollout status in 21 emerging markets including information on trials and population coverage.

Findings from the report include:

  • Almost 12 million receivers have been sold in Germany (11.8 million) and 17 per cent of German households now own at least one DAB receiver
  • In the UK, 64 per cent of households have at least one DAB radio and digital listening has been in excess of 50 per cent for three successive quarters
  • Nearly 6 million receivers have been sold in Norway (5,600,000)
  • In Switzerland, 63 per cent of all radio listening is via digital platforms – with 34 per cent via DAB+
  • In Australia, 60 per cent of new cars are now sold with DAB+, up from 47 per cent in 2017
  • Italy, France, Netherlands and Belgium have all shown positive signs of growth in the last year

Patrick Hannon, President of WorldDAB commented: “DAB digital radio continues to make significant progress in multiple markets. Cumulative global sales of DAB receivers now exceed 70 million units. It is clear that DAB is established as the core future platform for radio in Europe and Australia. Our next goal is to see similar developments in Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.”


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