Norway - Current situation - History

06.03.2019

In December 2017, Norway became the first country to completely switch off national FM services, completing a year-long process of switching off region by region. 

99.7% of the population has access to DAB+ reception with almost 6 million receivers sold to date.

The switchover process started in January 2017 applied to all national radio stations and commercial local radio stations broadcasting in larger cities. Community radio and smaller local radio stations will continue to broadcast on FM for five more years after national switch off, at which point licences will be reviewed.

Early listening figures show that listeners have followed to digital, with the first regions to switch off FM services close to returning to pre-switchover levels of listening. 

 

Norwegian Media Authority - webpage on the Digital Switchover

The full story of Norway's DSO and results so far - presented at Radiodays Europe 2018 (in English)

 

27.06.2018

In December 2017, Norway became the first country to completely switch off national FM services, completeing a year-long process of switching off region by region. 

99.7% of the population has access to DAB+ reception with almost 6 million receivers sold to date.

The switchover process started in January 2017 applied to all national radio stations and commercial local radio stations broadcasting in larger cities. Community radio and smaller local radio stations will continue to broadcast on FM for five more years after national switch off, at which point licences will be reviewed.

Early listening figures show that listeners have followed to digital, with the first regions to switch off FM services close to returning to pre-switchover levels of listening. 

 

Norwegian Media Authority - webpage on the Digital Switchover

The full story of Norway's DSO and results so far - presented at Radiodays Europe 2018 (in English)

 

11.04.2018

Norway announced on 16 April 2015 that they will be the first country to close down national FM transmissions and switch to DAB and digital radio in 2017. 99.5% of the population has access to DAB reception with almost three million receivers sold to date.

The switchover process starts in January 2017 and takes place over a 12-month period, conducting changes region by region. Switchover will affect all national radio stations and commercial local radio stations broadcasting in larger cities. Community radio and smaller local radio stations will continue to broadcast on FM for five more years after national switch off, at which point licences will be reviewed.

Broadcasters are to choose between DAB or DAB+ transmissions. By 2017, all DAB broadcasting in Norway will most probably broadcast via DAB+.

According to the Digital Radio Survey for Q4 2015, conducted by TNS Gallup, 60% of Norwegians use digital radio on a daily basis. 26% of Norwegians have DAB in their car, up from 20% in Q4 2014 and 10% in 2013.

Norwegian Media Authority - webpage on the Digital Switchover

The full story of Norway's DSO and results so far - presented at Radiodays Europe 2018 (in English)