Despite the potential risks and objections of 66% of people, from January 11 (Wednesday), Norway will become the world’s first country to stop using FM waves and switch to use DAB digital radio technology (Digital Audio Broadcasting).
The reason for this plan to be approved before the Norwegian Parliament is that with the same investment cost, DAB technology allows up to 8 times the number of radio stations and channels compared to FM technology. According to the calculation of the Norwegian Government, the transition to digital radio technology (DAB) will save more than 200 million kroner (equivalent to 23.5 million USD).
It is known that the FM radio broadcasting system in Norway currently has only 5 channels, while DAB has 22 channels and is able to open another 20 channels. However, 66% of Norwegian people objected to the government’s decision because the government was too impatient. They worry that many people will miss warnings often broadcast on radio frequency FM and there are currently about 2 million cars in the country still do not have a digital receiver.
Bodoe City will be the first place to stop broadcasting FM in Norway on January 11. Under the approved plan, in 2017, all Norwegian national radio programs will be transferred to ADB technology.
In addition to investment costs and number of channels, DAB technology will help reduce noise and provide better sound quality in a country divided by many mountains and fjords like Norway.
Reportedly, a recent survey of the Daily Dagbladet (Norway) showed that 66% of people opposed the “death” of the FM wave, 17% agreed and the rest abstained.
Together with Norway, Switzerland is expected to stop broadcasting FM from 2020, while Britain and Denmark are also considering switching to broadcasting on DAB, instead of using the current FM frequency.