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Norway turns off FM stations

Norway is turning off its FM radio stations, making good on a decision made in April 2016, and following a radio digitisation mandate issued by the Storting (the Norwegian parliament) in 2011. The cost of transmitting national radio channels through the FM network was eight times higher than with the DAB network, and broadcasters were spending large sums on parallel distribution. The government notes that DAB is far less vulnerable to transmitter failure in extreme conditions, permits tunnel reception of all channels, and allows simultaneous transmission of emergency messages on all channels. A number of criteria were set for the switch-off, including 90% population coverage and affordable systems for cars. Read more

  • Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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