Norway Plans To Shut Down Analog FM Broadcasts
April 20, 2015 at 3:53 AM (PT)
NORWAY will become the first country to discontinue analog FM radio. The shut down will complete the move to all-digital by 2017.
"This is an important day for everyone who loves radio," said NKR Chief GJERMUND ERIKSEN. "The minister`s decision allows us to concentrate our resources even more upon what is most important, namely to create high quality and diverse radio-content to our listeners.
UPI reports, "The country is planning to switch to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), which is a radio format used in EUROPE and ASIA that is said to be a higher quality than FM. DAB offers 22 stations, while FM offers only five in the country. DAB could even handle 20 more in the future."
"Listeners will have access to more diverse and pluralistic radio content and enjoy better sound quality and new functionality," said Minister of Culture THORHILD WIDVEY in a statement. "Digitization will also greatly improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development."