Norway Changing to Digital Radio
11 de enero de 2017, 14:54Oslo, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Norway is switching off its FM radio signals today in a move to replace traditional radio with digital audio broadcasting (DAB), making it the first country in the world to use DAB exclusively.
'The main reason we are the first ones is due to the Norwegian landscape, which has deep fjords, high mountains, and scattered communities, making it especially expensive, compared to other countries, to operate FM networks,' the government said in a statement.
The update will mean a saving of 200 million crowns a year, which translates to $23.5 million USD. It is anticipated that radio stations will start to shut down from next week and the process is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.
It is not a decision that has been taken lightly. The step from analog to digital comes after a decade of government planning and is based on the belief that DAB offers better audio quality, savings and more channels for users.
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