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Going digital: Norway is the first country to shut down FM Radio

Norway will probably be the first nation to do away with the FM Radio. The country’s Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey, made the following statements:


“Radio digitization will open the door to a far greater range of radio channels, benefiting listeners across the country. Listeners will have access to more diverse and pluralistic radio content, and enjoy better sound quality and new functionality. Digitization will also greatly improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development,”

“Whereas the FM system only had space for five national channels, DAB already offers 22, and there is capacity for almost 20 more. In addition, more than half the population already has access to local radio on DAB, and there is considerable potential for further local channels,” she added.

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It is obvious they’ve realized the benefits of going digital. Hopefully, more countries around the world can learn from this and implement their proposed transition to digital broadcasting.

2017 Update: The transition began in January 2017, and in the second week of December 2017, the country completed its migration from analogue to digital radio and shut down its nationwide FM Radio. Note that this transition only involves national radio channels. Most local stations continue to broadcast on FM. Other countries, like Switzerland, Britain and Denmark, are due to follow suit in the coming years.

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