2011 been a year of many changes for WorldDMB, its members and the international digital radio industry.
Throughout 2011 there has been a growing sense of momentum and enthusiasm for the DAB family of standards with many positive developments having taken place. These developments have included the emergence of new markets, successful launches of trials and interest from potential new markets outside the European and Asia Pacific regions where the DAB family of standards are increasingly gaining market dominance.
In addition to new market development, good news has also come out of the many different sectors that make up the digital radio industry. Chip manufacturers are increasingly focused on market penetration of DAB+/DMB chips in a wider range of devices such as tablets and mobile phones. There has also been a significant increase in the number of new devices coming to market with enhanced functionality which broadcasters are taking advantage of by airing more programmes that feature slide show and EPG. The automotive industry, a key sector in ensuring successful roll-out, is now coming on board with the major car manufacturers, such as Ford looking to fit digital radio as standard in all vehicle models over the next few years.
With so many positive developments seen over the past year we can look forward with confidence to another year of successes which will see the completion of a report on commercial business case scenarios, the launch of more exciting new devices and an increased focus on the automotive sector with workshops and events scheduled throughout 2012.
WorldDMB Project Office