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Record year for DAB receiver sales

2017 saw a new record for DAB receiver sales, with almost 12 million sold in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Almost half (5.9m) of the sales were for automotive devices, according to the figures released today by industry body WorldDAB.

Cumulative sales for DAB receivers have now reached over 65 million in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.

WorldDAB infographic

Patrick Hannon, President, WorldDAB said: 
“The last 12 months have been a strong period for DAB radio. International receiver sales are at their highest level ever – boosted by the switch-off of FM in Norway and strong growth in other European markets. Progress in automotive has been particularly impressive with nearly 6 million new cars sold with DAB radio last year. In addition to the excellent performance in Europe, it’s encouraging to see the development of emerging DAB markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. DAB is increasingly becoming a global standard.”

The UK (36 million), Germany (nearly 10 million) and Norway (nearly 6 million) have the largest installed base of receivers. There has been strong growth in sales of new cars with DAB and most new cars in Norway (98%), the UK (89%) and Switzerland (85%) now come with DAB as standard. Population and road coverage is firmly established in all key markets.

Meanwhile, research for the BBC indicates a third of people have DAB in car, with both DAB and mobile listening higher among younger audiences in the UK.