Norway Becomes First Nation To Switch Off FM Radio
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:19:43
Norway has become the first nation to turn off some of its FM radio signals, in an attempt to replace traditional radio with digital audio broadcasting (DAB). The Scandinavian country is looking to become completely digital by the end of 2017.
It seems as if DAB may provide a higher quality and more cost-effective radio signal in Norway, which has poor FM signals partially due to its mountainous terrain. Due to DAB's better clarity and convenience, nearly 70 percent of Norway's population has already switched to digital audio before the change today.
The move, however, is not entirely popular, as the move to digital is expensive, and can cost around $500 to install in one's car. Svein Larsen of the Norwegian Local Radio Association told the BBC, "Norway is not prepared for this. There are millions of radios in homes, cottages and boats that won't work anymore and only around 25% of cars in Norway have digital radios or adapters."
A variety of other nations are all considering the move from FM to digital. Already, 30 percent of the U.K. population has DAB, and when that number hits 50 percent, the move will most likely begin there as well. Back in 1996, Canada considered making the move from AM/FM to DAB, but was unable to convince the population, and, therefore, decided to stick with the original program. So don't worry you FM lovers, the war isn't over yet. It has only just begun.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff