LG’s Stylus 2, recently launched in Australia and the UK, is the worlds first mobile device with support for the Digital Audio Broadcasting plus (DAB+) standard. The device launched at a recommended retail price of almost 500 dollars in it’s Australian market and 219.99 pounds in the UK which subsequent launches expected in other european countries including Beligum, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. Support for the standard is significantly wider in the UK than Australia however with only the 4 main capital covered.
Digital audio broadcasting (DAB) is a digital radio technology for broadcasting radio stations, used in several countries across Europe and Asia Pacific.
The DAB standard was initiated as a European research project in the 1980s. The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) launched the very first DAB channel in the world on 1 June 1995 (NRK Klassisk), and the BBC and SR launched their first DAB digital radio broadcasts in September 1995. DAB receivers have been available in many countries since the end of the 1990s.
DAB may offer more radio programmes over a specific spectrum than analogue FM radio. DAB is more robust with regard to noise and multipath fading for mobile listening, since DAB reception quality first degrades rapidly when the signal strength falls below a critical threshold, whereas FM reception quality degrades slowly with the decreasing signal.