In 2017, There Won’t Be A Single FM Channel In Norway
In 2017, Norway will become the first country to shut the FM radio completely in its territory, reports Radio.no.
According to the reporter, the Norwegian Ministry of Culture has confirmed that Norway will complete its transition to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) as a national standard by 2017, when it will finish an analogue switch-off for radio channels in the country.
“This is an important day for everyone who loves radio. 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,” Radio.no quotes Thor Gjermund Eriksen, head of NRK as saying.
The proposal for digitization of the radio in Norway was forwarded by the Norwegian parliament three years back in 2011. The confirmation of the switch-off date was made by the Ministry of Culture who “concluded that the criteria for the technology shift are now met.”
“Listeners will have access to more diverse and pluralistic radio-content, and enjoy better sound quality and new functionality,” said Minister of Culture Mr. Thorhild Widvey. “Digitization will also greatly improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development.”
The ministry further reveals that the DAB not only offers more number of channels as compared to FM but is also cost effective, when it comes to transmissions. At present, DAB offers 22 national channels with the capacity to host almost 20 more, whereas FM can host only 5 channels.
DAB exists in Norway since 1995. Now the government has updated it to DAB+.