All ears will be on Norway next week as their radios go Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) only as it becomes the first country to switch off FM radio.
DAB is a newer standard delivering a number of advantages, over traditional analog signal, DAB carries a huge variety of stations with clearer sound.
Britain, Switzerland, and Denmark plan similar shift.
Critics say the Government is Rushing the Move and many people are not happy with this transition. A particular concern will be the 2 million cars in Norway’s roads that are not equipped with DAB receivers.
”There are 2 million cars on Norwegian roads that don’t have DAB receivers, and millions of radios in Norwegian homes will stop working when the FM net is switched off. So there is definitely a safety concern,” said MP from the Progress Party, a partner in the Conservative-led government, Ib Thomsen told Reuters news.
According to an opinion poll published by the daily Dagbladet last month, Sixty-six percent of Norwegians opposed to this with only 17 percent in favour and the rest undecided
Head of Digital Radio Norway, Ole Joergen Torvmark said cars were the “biggest challenge” – a good digital adapter for an FM car radio costs 1,500 Norwegian crowns ($174.70).
Nevertheless, Norway parliament authorised the move last month. The primary reason is cost, the government estimates that FM is 8 time as pricey, and some stations are currently broadcasting on both. It is predicted that digital will bring annual savings of more $23 million (200 million Norwegian crowns), which the government plans to invest in new radio stations.