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Digital-only radio future for Norway

A major installation of DAB (digital audio broadcasting) transmitters is underway in Norway, which is on course to be the first country to switch off analogue radio transmissions, with plans to end FM broadcasts in 2017, writes Kevin Hilton.

A major installation of DAB (digital audio broadcasting) transmitters is underway in Norway, which is on course to be the first country to switch off analogue radio transmissions, with plans to end FM broadcasts in 2017, writes Kevin Hilton. Telenor Group subsidiary Norkring, which builds and runs DAB and digital terrestrial television (DTT) networks in Norway and Belgium, is installing hundreds of transmitters over the coming three years to create what is claimed will be the world’s biggest DAB digital radio network in the world so far. The project is based on Harris Platinum VAX VHF transmitters, with power capacities ranging from 50W to 5000W. Installations will also feature Harris PowerSmart transmitter technology to reduce energy consumption. The chief executive of Norkring, Torbjørn Ø. Teigenfrom, comments, “This project is on a scale never seen before. We must ensure that by 1 January 2015, almost all of our population is connected to the DAB digital radio network. Harris provides a wide range of transmitter models covering all our requirements within the same product family, with customised set-up to reduce installation time and provide a smaller footprint.” Elsewhere in Europe the French broadcast regulator, the CSA, has launched a public consultation into whether DAB+ should be used as the digital radio transmission standard in France.

www.norkring.com

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