Norway on Wednesday completed its transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network despite some grumblings.
As scheduled, the country's most northern regions and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the late morning, said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norway's public and commercial radio.
The transition, which began on January 11th, allows for better sound quality, a greater number of channels and more functions, all at a cost eight times lower than FM radio, according to authorities.
I'm all for better technology, but I can't help being nostalgic for FM.
The transition concerns only national radio channels. Most local stations continue to broadcast in FM.
That's sensible, and will give the .gov stations some feedback as to whether their content is competitive with commercial radio content.
I still figure that there are many Norgistanis who have just the right portable radio for walking/jogging/biking etc., who will not be able to find an equally perfect radio with a DAB receiver. For reasons unknown to me, the free market doesn't do a great job developing portable radios with the right feature set.