International Developments

The DAB+ family is the most widely adopted digital radio standard because it:

  • is an open standard with no annual licence fees paid by broadcasters or receiver manufacturers for use of the DAB patents;
  • allows AM and FM broadcasters to move to a common digital platform;
  • is far greener and more cost effective to build and operate than any other analogue or digital radio standard;
  • is more spectrum efficient than analogue and provides a solution for new stations when FM is congested
  • can be operated in hybrid mode on connected devices combing the strengths of broadcast and IP;
  • allows broadcasters more capacity to offer niche formats
  • gives listeners more choice and functionality
  • has the largest and most diverse range of low cost receivers;
  • is being integrated as standard by almost all leading motor vehicles manufacturers
  • does not interfere with the analogue host service
  • does not need to be switched off at night to avoid interference to distant services on the same frequency;

DAB+ in Asia-Pacific

Radio is still one of the most influential, most loved and most used form of media in the Asia Pacific Region and broadcast radio plays an important role in the lives of tens of millions of people every day. These numbers are set to increase across Asia, the world’s largest and most populous region, with predicted growth figures for the region, indicating there will be 2 billion people living in Asian cities in just 10 years in 2025 – and 3 billion in cities by 2050 – double the current level.

With population growth, comes demand for energy efficiencies and for finding new ways of meeting consumers demands for more and better information.  DAB+ digital radio can provide the efficiencies and opportunity for the region.

DAB+ is fast becoming a global digital radio standard and manufacturing hub countries from the Asia Pacific have been travelling to Europe, and Australia to investigate DAB+ digital radio regulatory frameworks and operations, in preparation for their country’s trials and/or adoption of the DAB+ standard.

WorldDAB will host a high level policy and regulatory think tank for the ASEAN regulators and broadcasters in the region within the next 12 months.  The aim is to examine any roadblocks and provide solutions to make DAB+ a reality in the region. It will provide opportunities for broadcasters to cut costs; make best use of spectrum for governments and importantly continue to bring to hundreds of millions of listeners the free to air information, entertainment, sports, news, weather, and emergency information, with the reliability and robustness that listeners across the Asia Pacific expect and deserve.

The Asia Pacific region is incredibly important to the continued success and innovation of DAB+ digital radio and to the future of broadcasting in general.  WorldDMB is working closely with the ABU and with Commercial Radio Australia to offer whatever help, advice and support broadcasters and regulators need to move radio forward and ensure radio’s vibrant future in a digital world.

Worldwide adoption of DAB+/DAB/DMB