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Says EECC rule has led to “gradual change”

Posted: 23 June 2021

WorldDAB highlights the number of new cars in Europe which now come with DAB + as standard.

“In the second half of 2020, more than 80% of new cars in major European markets were fitted with DAB + radio as standard, a dramatic increase compared to the same period in 2019,” the organization said in a market report .

“This radical change reflects the impact of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), which from December 2020 requires all new car radios in the EU to be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio.”

President Patrick Hannon said the figures “show that DAB + is firmly established as the future main radio platform in Europe”, and he said progress in Germany, France, Italy and the Benelux ” were particularly impressive “.

The report says that by the end of 2020, around 100 million consumer and automotive DAB / DAB + receivers had been sold in Europe and Asia-Pacific, “up from 92 million six months earlier.”

The organization also published a detailed infographic with the status of deployment in various markets in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.