LONDON — WorldDAB's latest market report shows that by the end of June of this year 58,432,000 DAB/DAB+ receivers had been sold in Europe and Asia Pacific — up from 48 million a year earlier, a nearly 22% increase.
Covering Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK, along with DAB rollout status for emerging markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the WorldDAB report includes statistics on receiver sales, road and population coverage, household penetration and the number of national stations on DAB/DAB+ compared to FM.
Among the key stats of the report:
- Almost 10 million receivers have been sold in Germany (9.9 million) and 15% of German households now own at least one DAB receiver
- Over four million receivers have been sold in Norway (4,130,000) as digital switchover nears completion
- In Switzerland, over half of all radio listening (57%) is via digital platforms — with 32% via DAB+
- In the UK, 60% of households have at least one DAB radio with digital listening approaching 50%
- In the Netherlands, 35% of new cars are now sold with DAB+, up from 26% at the end of 2016
- Italy, France and Belgium all show positive signs of growth in the last year
"Digital radio has made excellent progress in the last 12 months across all markets, encouraged by strong political commitment, the launch of new services and increased investment from broadcasters and manufacturers,” said Patrick Hannon, President of WorldDAB. “The impact of Norway's digital switchover, due to complete by the end of this year, is being felt around the world and, with Switzerland starting switchover in 2020, momentum for digital radio continues to build."