Sweden - Current situation - History

15.02.2016

In June 2015, the Government decided not to proceed with the transition from FM to DAB+ which had been proposed in a report published in December 2014. This followed the publication of a report into digital radio by the National Audit Office in April 2015. 

On 3rd February, 2016 the Swedish Parliament discussed digital radio – with the Parliamentary Constitutional Standing Committee (KU) issuing a formal response to the Government's letter about the National Audit Office's April 2015 report into digital radio.

As a result, the decision taken last summer remains unaltered. However, both the Government and the Committee have said that this decision may be reviewed, depending on the development of digital radio in the rest of Europe - especially in neighbouring Norway. Read more here.

On December 1st, 2014 the Digital Radio Industry Co-ordinator appointed by the Government put forward the switchover plan. The main purpose to digitalize is to further develop radio in Sweden and to maintain and modernize a critical information infrastructure able to reach every citizen. The plan consists of three parts: a mutual launch, extension of the licenses for commercial radio actors to broadcast analogue, and a conditional shutdown of FM transmissions. The full report (in Swedish) can be downloaded at www.regeringen.se/sb/d/18245/a/250902. View the press release at http://www.regeringen.se/content/1/c6/25/08/67/3a1847d5.pdf. A two page summary in English is available at http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/8317/a/250945.

Over the years several propositions have been put forward to the Swedish Parliament suggesting a larger digital radio network rollout for public service broadcaster SR. This is seen as the first step to a switchover from analogue FM to digital DAB/DAB+. On 2 October 2014 the Swedish Broadcasting Authority awarded 21 national and 4 local/regional licenses for DAB+. Licenses will be valid from 2nd October 2014 until 30th September 2022 and broadcasting was to begin no later than 1st October 2015. Private radio has asked for permission to delay the launch.

DAB transmissions in Sweden started in 1995 and today coverage is 35% of the population with services from public service broadcaster Swedish Radio (SR). The licence under which SR operates is valid until 31 December 2019.

 

02.09.2015

In June 2015, the Ministry of Culture decided not to proceed with DAB+ for Swedish Radio at this time.  The response of the broadcasters (public and private) has been surprise and disappointment.  Next steps are yet to be confirmed.

On December 1st, 2014 the Digital Radio Industry Co-ordinator appointed by the Government put forward the switchover plan. The main purpose to digitalize is to further develop radio in Sweden and to maintain and modernize a critical information infrastructure able to reach every citizen. The plan consists of three parts: a mutual launch, extension of the licenses for commercial radio actors to broadcast analogue, and a conditional shutdown of FM transmissions. The full report (in Swedish) can be downloaded at www.regeringen.se/sb/d/18245/a/250902. View the press release at http://www.regeringen.se/content/1/c6/25/08/67/3a1847d5.pdf. A two page summary in English is available at http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/8317/a/250945.

Over the years several propositions have been put forward to the Swedish Parliament suggesting a larger digital radio network rollout for public service broadcaster SR. This is seen as the first step to a switchover from analogue FM to digital DAB/DAB+. On 2 October 2014 the Swedish Broadcasting Authority awarded 21 national and 4 local/regional licenses for DAB+. Licenses will be valid from 2nd October 2014 until 30th September 2022 and broadcasting is to begin no later than 1st October 2015. 

DAB transmissions in Sweden started in 1995 and today coverage is 35% of the population with services from public service broadcaster Swedish Radio (SR). The licence under which SR operates is valid until 31 December 2019.

 

11.02.2015

On December 1st, 2014 the Digital Radio Industry Co-ordinator appointed by the Government put forward the switchover plan. The main purpose to digitalize is to further develop radio in Sweden and to maintain and modernize a critical information infrastructure able to reach every citizen. The plan consists of three parts: a mutual launch, extension of the licenses for commercial radio actors to broadcast analogue, and a conditional shutdown of FM transmissions. The full report (in Swedish) can be downloaded at www.regeringen.se/sb/d/18245/a/250902. View the press release at http://www.regeringen.se/content/1/c6/25/08/67/3a1847d5.pdf. A two page summary in English is available at http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/8317/a/250945.

DAB transmissions in Sweden started in 1995 and today coverage is 35% of the population with services from public
service broadcaster Swedish Radio (SR). The licence under which SR operates is valid until 31 December 2019.
Over the years several propositions have been put forward to the Swedish Parliament suggesting a larger digital radio network rollout for public service broadcaster SR. This is seen as the first step to a switchover from analogue FM to digital DAB/DAB+. On 2 October 2014 the Swedish Broadcasting Authority awarded 21 national and 4 local/regional licenses for DAB+. Licenses will be valid from 2nd October 2014 until 30th September 2022 and broadcasting is to begin no later than 1st October 2015.