Norway announced this week that FM Radio within the country will no longer exist as of January 2017, with plans to shift to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) as a national standard.
Being the first country in the world to do so, Norway's main motive behind the shift was due to the excessive cost of transmitting national radio channels through the FM-network, which is eight times higher than the DAB-network.
"Radio digitisation will open the door to a far greater range of radio channels, benefiting listeners across the country," explains Norway's Minister Of Culture, Thurhild Widvey.
Several other countries in Europe and Southeast Asia are also considering a national move to DAB, which raises questions about the future of FM Radio in Australia. However, CBAA CEO, Jon Bisset, told The Music Network that while he believes digital radio is gaining popularity, the exclusive shift to DAB won't be happening anytime soon.