26 February 2015
DAB+ digital radio close to the two-million mark
Some 382,000 DAB+ radios were sold in Switzerland last year. As at the end of 2014, there were 1.9 million digital radios in use in Swiss households and vehicles. DAB+ digital radio is set to pass the two-million mark very soon.
In 2006 there were just 15,000 digital radios in the market, and digital car radio was still a long way into the future. By the end of 2014, however, there were a quarter of a million vehicles fitted with DAB+ radios on Switzerland's roads. More and more drivers are coming to appreciate the advantages of DAB+: great station choice, ease of use, interference-free reception, and additional information in text and image form.
Recent years have seen expansion not only in the market for the radios themselves, but also in the range of available services. Depending on their region, listeners now have a choice of up to 61 DAB+ stations, and the number is growing all the time. Reception has also improved appreciably, with 99 percent of the population now able to listen to DAB+. This gives Switzerland the highest level of network coverage anywhere in the world, ahead of Denmark and the Netherlands.
Compared with FM and internet radio, DAB+ is more economical, more environmentally friendly, and more democratic. It takes much less energy to operate a DAB+ network than it does to run an FM network, and there is no chance of overloading mobile networks, as has happened at major events, for example. DAB+ offers high coverage and reliability, even reaching those who either cannot use the internet, or do not wish to.