WorldDMB applauds the launch of DAB+ in France

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WorldDMB applauds the launch of DAB+ in France

Jun 26, 2014 10:42 PM

Doug Irwin, CPBE DRB AMD

A very interesting article has been published by WorldDMB entitled �Digital Radio in France�A European Story.�

�WorldDMB welcomes the launch of digital radio in France on 20th June, 2014. This launch creates the opportunity for France to join other European markets in embracing digital radio - to enhance the service offering for listeners (greater choice, improved sound quality, data services) and help secure the long term strategic future of the industry. By making a commitment to digital broadcast, France can sustain the development of radio - both within in its own borders and across the continent.�

Perhaps more interesting though is the summary taken on a nation-by �nation basis of the status of DAB and DAB+ across Europe, which I''ll summarize below:

� Countries with DAB / DAB+ services account for 50% of all new car sales in Europe; if Italy is included, the figure reaches 60%
� Norway is the first country to commit to a Digital Switch Over (planned for 2017)
� UK is committed to DAB; receiver sales have grown by 29% in three years
� Denmark and Switzerland are �progressing well''
� Germany and the Netherlands have experienced recent nationwide DAB+ launches
� The European Broadcasting Union is calling for digital radio across Europe

The DAB standard is firmly established in the UK; in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany the standard is DAB+. Italy, yet to launch officially, has transmitters covering 70% of the population. The four most developed markets in Europe are the UK, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland � with penetration of digital radio sets ranging between 33% and 48% of households. In the UK market over the last three years, receiver sales have grown by nearly 30%, from 2.1m in 2010 to 2.7m in 2013. Growth is being driven by the inclusion of digital radio as standard in new cars. In the UK, 55% of new cars now come with digital radio as standard.

You can read the entire piece by clicking on this link.