WorldDAB has published its latest market report, which illustrates that by the end of Q2 2018, more than 71 million consumer and automotive DAB/DAB+ receivers had been sold in Europe and Asia Pacific. This, says WorldDAB, is up from 58 million in Q2 2017.
According to the organization, the new study, which covers Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, “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.”
Significant findings from the report include that almost 12 million receivers have been sold in Germany; 64 percent of households in the U.K. have at least one DAB radio and digital listening has been in excess of 50 percent for three successive quarters; almost 6 million receivers have been sold in Norway; in Switzerland, 63 percent of all radio listening is via digital platforms (with 34 percent via DAB+); and in Australia, 60 percent of new cars are now sold with DAB+. In addition, the report finds that Italy, France, Netherlands and Belgium have all shown positive signs of growth in the last year.
“DAB digital radio continues to make significant progress in multiple markets. Cumulative global sales of DAB receivers now exceed 70 million units,” said Patrick Hannon, president of WorldDAB. “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.”