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DAB sales reach 70 million worldwide

The latest annual report from WorldDAB shows how the number of DAB receivers sold around the world continues to increase.

By the end of the 2nd quarter of 2018, over 71 million consumer and automotive DAB/DAB+ receivers had been sold in Europe and Asia Pacific – up from 58 million a year earlier.

DAB is seeing significant activity across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa and this infographic also details the rollout status in 21 emerging markets including information on trials and population coverage.

Key findings from the report include:
  • Almost 12 million receivers have been sold in Germany (11.8 million) and 17% of German households now own at least one DAB receiver
  • In the UK, 64% of households have at least one DAB radio and digital listening has been in excess of 50% for three successive quarters
  • Nearly 6 million receivers have been sold in Norway (5,600,000)
  • In Switzerland, 63% of all radio listening is via digital platforms – with 34% via DAB+
  • In Australia, 60% of new cars are now sold with DAB+, up from 47% in 2017
  • Italy, France, Netherlands and Belgium have all shown positive signs of growth in the last year

Patrick Hannon, President of WorldDAB commented:
“DAB digital radio continues to make significant progress in multiple markets. Cumulative global sales of DAB receivers now exceed 70 million units. 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.”

  • WorldDAB is the global industry association responsible for defining and promoting DAB digital radio.