Denmark Could Be Next to Begin FM Shutdown

The government agreed that when the digital radio share reaches 50%, the FM band will be “sunsetted” within two years July 26, 2017

COPENHAGEN — It seems plausible that the next country to shut down its FM transmitters will be Denmark.

The Danish government previously agreed that when the digital radio share reaches 50%, the FM band will be “sunsetted” within two years and over-the-air radio will mainly take place via DAB +, according to radio.nl.

Denmark’s Liberal Alliance political party has indicated that if the rise continues to be in line, the magic number of 50% will be reached by 2018.

Digital radio share is growing steadily in Denmark. In the first quarter of this year, digital listening had a share of 33%. Two years ago it was 21%, and so the FM shutdown is getting closer, reports the Jyllands-Posten, a Danish daily newspaper. 

In October of this year, all digital transmission will be done via DAB+. “Slots” in the DAB+ networks are going to be re-assigned, as well, according to the same article. For example, the Danish public Broadcaster DR will have three allotments, allowing for the reception of the correct edition of its P4 program in all regions of the country. Also, the national DAB+ network operator Teracom will begin carrying the commercial radio stations Nova FM, Pop FM and Radio 100. The remaining channel space may be rented by Teracom to other radio stations.

 

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