Swiss Regulators Give Broadcasters the Right to Cease FM Transmission

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Swiss Regulators Give Broadcasters the Right to Cease FM Transmission

Nov 13, 2014 3:57 PM

GENEVA�Swiss regulators are giving commercial broadcasters there the option to cease FM transmissions next year, should they be interested in doing so, as long as their DAB+ coverage area is the same as their FM coverage area, according to Radio.nl.

It''s questionable as to whether or not many of the commercial stations will do this, since, even considering the rise in digital radio listening, FM radio still has the larger market share; however, the Government has given these stations the freedom to decide when their FM transmitters are shut down.

Switzerland has been very successful so far in the development of DAB+ radio. Digital radio has achieved a 30% market share in listening there, and over 1.52 million DAB+ receivers have been sold, with just over 8 million in total population.

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