It’s been interesting to watch Digital Audio Broadcasting’s progress in Europe (along with sibling DAB+ and DMB standards). While at NPR until recently, I included it in an overview of radio innovation.
With a very different radio environment than exists in Europe, Canada began dismantling its rather limited (geographically) DAB efforts in 2010, but until recently, DAB in Europe has been gaining ground. However, the latest audience figures show something of a stall, at least in the UK [link: The Telegraph]. Still, in the U.S., our IBOC digital standard has quite a ways to go before matching the 15+% of listening it’s been achieving in the UK and even higher elsewhere.
A report in the last couple of weeks (sorry, lost the link) stated that UK interests are advising that analogue shut down there could take until 2031, largely due to the need to convert mobile radios. On the other hand, the Norwegian Ministry of Culture just published a plan to turn off analog FM in January 2017. DAB leader Gunnar Garfors [@garfors] has details. --Dennis