This year’s General Assembly was the most successful to date with a higher turn-out of delegates than on previous years. The event was opened by the re-elected WorldDMB President Jørn Jensen who said, “To ensure the future success of digital radio all industry stakeholders need to work in collaboration to see the DAB family of standards become more readily available across a range of different consumer devices”. The event included debates and discussions on the latest industry developments from a panel of experts from Europe, America and the Asia Pacific Region.
The conference also saw new market data released where GFK’s Alexander Dehmel highlighted the momentum currently being seen in the consumer market with positive sales figures being seen for digital radio receivers particularly in Germany. The latest developments on digital radio roll-out were also presented from Hong Kong, Australia, Switzerland, Norway and Belgium and delegates were also able to hear about the latest news on the car market. Laurence Harrison of DRUK reported that 18% of new cars in the UK include digital radio, with Ford and Vauxhall leading the way.
Overall, the conference confirmed a renewed enthusiasm and confidence among digital radio proponents across Europe and around the world. It also demonstrated a proven model of cooperation for successfully rolling out digital radio technology in new markets.
Next year the conference will be focusing on how to continue driving the momentum for the DAB family and we are expecting an even higher turn-out of both members and non members.
WorldDMB Project Office