Why Innovation May Cause The Phasing Out of FM Radio Broadcast

19 April 2015, Norway

According to radio.no, beginning in January 2017 Norway will shut down FM radio, nationally. The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has already put in place legislation to decide the shift. The move makes Norway the first country to do away with FM radio entirely. Instead, the Scandinavian country will transition to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) as its national standard.


DAB is a digital radio technology for broadcasting radio stations, it can offer more radio programs over a specific spectrum than analogue FM radio. The noise quality of DAB is also usually considered superior to FM by observers.


Is this the end of FM radio as we know it? No, probably not, but it may represent a larger trend indicative of the innovation that is pushing the radio market towards a metaphorical ledge.