First Country to Cease FM Radio Broadcasting

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Norway has become the first country to cease FM radio broadcasting. The northern county of Nordland has stopped broadcasting using analogue frequencies as the Government plans to roll out digital-only radio over the course of the year.

According to the national broadcaster, NRK, nationwide radio channels began switching to digital audio broadcasting that offers a wider range of broadcasting options and greater sound quality.

The head of Digitalradio Norge, a company owned by public broadcaster NRK has informed that the main reason behind this technological shift is to offer a better radio service to the whole population.

The change is occurring county by county, starting with Nordland, in the north of Norway.

Capital Oslo will turn off FM broadcasting in September, and the process will be completed nationwide by December.

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