WorldDAB says a total of 110 million DAB receivers have now been sold globally.
Twice a year, the organization — which positions DAB+ as “the core future platform for radio in Europe” — publishes an infographic that depicts trends for the digital radio format, including receiver sales, population coverage and road coverage.
It now has released its latest infographic.
It reports that over the past 12 months, the number of automotive DAB receivers sold surpassed 10 million for the first time, while consumer receiver sales totaled about 5 million units.
“The automotive DAB+ market has been transformed over the last two years,” the organization stated, “with DAB+ now a standard feature in over 89% of new cars in all key European markets.” It noted that the European Electronic Communications Code now requires new car radios in the EU to be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio.
“In the consumer receiver market, the proportion of devices featuring DAB / DAB+ has also seen a sharp increase — from 28% two years ago to 42% in the second quarter of 2021. DAB sales are benefiting from strong marketing in Germany and the Netherlands, receiver regulation in Germany, France and Italy, and the emergence of new DAB markets including Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic.”
Among other data points, WorldDAB said that digital radio reach “has achieved record levels in several markets, including the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia,” and it cited growth patterns in the sales of consumer DAB+ receivers in countries like Italy, the Czech Republic and France and a number of other countries.
Below is one chart from the infographic; the full version is available on the WorldDAB website.