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Norway decides on digital radio switchover

Norway has decided to switch off analogue radio broadcasts by 2017, the first European country to do so.

The decision is conditional on broadcasters meeting certain milestones in terms of coverage and take-up – amounting to about 90% coverage for commercial radio stations and close to 100% coverage for public channels.

If these are not met, the switchover could be delayed until 2019.
Transmission service provider Norkring says that its existing two multiplexes provide 80% DAB coverage already.