Business Case

Radio needs a digital broadcast future. Through the DAB family of standards, radio can build on its strengths - great content, live, local, mobile, intimate and social - by lowering costs, enabling new content and by stimulating new revenue streams.

Reasons to go digital:

  • significant savings in transmission costs
  • improved quality of signal
  • opportunities to develop new content and grow audience / revenue
  • range of affordable receivers readily available with prices starting at USD 25 (expected USD 20 by 2015)

NEW RESEARCH - Drastic cost reductions using DAB+ compared to FM show it's time for DAB+

A report by Gates Air provides detailed information on the economic advantages of DAB+ introduction, and why the overall opex of DAB+ costs between 6 and 13 times less than FM:

  • DAB+ Transmitter investment costs are eleven times lower compared to FM
  • DAB+ energy savings are 41 times greater compared to FM 
  • DAB+ Opex costs between 5,7 and 12,8 less than FM 
  • DAB+ heat dissipation is 18 times lower compared to FM
  • Space savings on transmission site - 18 times less occupied floor space with DAB+ compared to FM
  • The cost of DAB+ transmitter tower and hall space is 18 times lower compared to FM
  • Reduced Service & Maintenance Cost - DAB+ maintenance is 1/2 that of FM

Click here to download the full report.

(The comparison is based on cost information available in January 2014)

Additional resources:


Economic Advantages of DAB+

The cost of delivering a station in Bavaria on DAB+ compared to FM.

Digital radio videos

Watch DAB digital broadcasting campaigns, vox pops and informative videos.

Digital Radio Receivers

Find out about the hundreds of DAB/ DAB+ devices on the market with prices starting as low as 20 Euro (25 USD) consumers have plenty of choice when choosing what receiver to listen to their favourite digital radio stations on, whether at home, on the move or in-car.

Country Information

Find out where the DAB/DAB+ is on air and detailed information on market status, services on air, network coverage and maps, regulation, national marketing initiatives, digital radio in-car, receiver penetration and emergency broadcasting scenarios.

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