Denver - Oct 24, 2012 - Harris Broadcast Communications has received a second multi-million dollar digital audio broadcasting (DAB) digital radio contract from Norwegian broadcast network operator Norkring to support the country's continuing analog-to-digital radio broadcast transition. The contract represents the third phase of the network, and is an extension to the existing agreement to support the world's largest DAB Digital Radio network.
Following Norkring's successful tender with Norwegian broadcaster NRK to expand the coverage of the DAB public radio network from 90 to 99.5 percent of the country's population, Norkring has ordered several hundred more Harris transmitters with power ratings between 50W and 600W. As with the first two deployment phases, Harris will supply Platinum VAX VHF transmitters with the company's PowerSmart transmitter architecture.
Upon completion of phase three, nearly 1,000 digital radio broadcast transmitters and a similar number of road tunnel transmitters will have been installed across Norway. The network extends more than 2,500 kilometers from Lindesnes in the south to the North Cape in the north of Norway.
Norway intends to cease FM radio broadcasts in 2017, becoming the first country to plan a complete switch-off of all analog FM services. After this date, the country will use DAB digital radio technology for all audio transmissions, including being one of several networks used by disaster and emergency services.