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  1. Luther12

    Luther12 Village Sponsor

    Norway is the first country to kill its FM radio network

    Norway is entering the history books with a radio-related first: The Nordic country is switching from FM to digital radio - called DAB - because the digital option offers more channels, better audio quality and savings for broadcasters. The plan has been in place for years as digital radio costs Norway the same as the FM network, $29 million, but allows for eight times more radio stations.

    The country will begin cutting its FM network on Wednesday, starting with the northern city of Bodo, before moving south. All five national channels on FM will stop broadcasting by the end of the year.

    The government estimates that radio stations will save more than 200 million kroner ($23.5 million) a year by ditching FM, allowing them to invest further in radio content. It doesn't expect any jobs will be directly affected by the shutdown as stations will switch to broadcasting via DAB. There is an exception carved out of the regulations that will allow some very small local stations to continue broadcasting on FM frequencies. Norway does not have any AM stations.

    Critics say the government is rushing the move and many people may miss warnings on emergencies that have until now been broadcast via the radio. Of particular concern are the two million cars on Norway's roads that are not equipped with digital audio broadcasting (DAB) receivers, they say.

    Sixty-six per cent of Norwegians oppose switching off FM, with just 17 per cent in favour and the rest undecided, according to an opinion poll published by the daily Dagbladet last month. Nevertheless, parliament gave the final go-ahead for the move last month, swayed by the fact that digital networks can carry more radio channels.




    Kinda reminds me of the then Worldspace receivers that came in to the country some time in the late 90s only to disappear less than a decade later.
  2. 123tokambio

    123tokambio Village Sponsor

    Well, unlike worldspace, DAB is here to stay.....
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  3. Meria Mata

    Meria Mata Village Chief

    Vision 2030 hii haitakua imefanyika Kenya with the court cases and costly Internet
  4. spear

    spear Village Sponsor

    CK should take up this initiative and be the second country to do so.
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  5. inzhener otmetka

    inzhener otmetka Village Elder

    This is about efficiency but politics will definitely play it's part...for 254.
  6. Luther12

    Luther12 Village Sponsor

    I wonder why radio was rarely mentioned during our digital migration shenanigans. To date, I only see KBC and it's affiliate stations on the Signet platform.
  7. hakimoto

    hakimoto Village Elder

    kidogo kidogo iskie DVB-T2 is obsolete ...
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  8. Meria Mata

    Meria Mata Village Chief

    Cost of Internet ikija chini Ata dsthieves wanafunga.
    Check out mobdro.com
    Thank me later
  9. Antonio Mascaro

    Antonio Mascaro Village Elder

    More popular FM stations will lose popularity as listeners spend more time on the New ones that will crop up since it will be cheaper to run one. I'll be more than glad to see Kiss 100 and classic fm vanish into the oblivion.
  10. shocks

    shocks Village Elder

    Hii itakuwa serious, itapigwa kama vile TV akina nation, ktn and citizen fought it. Radio frequencies in Nairobi are owned by a cartel, ukitaka kufungua station unaenda una rent frequency from this guys (two such guys are S.K Macharia and a guy the entertainment circles call Sir Henry). That Henry guy kicked homeboyz off the frequency 91.5 when they could not agree on the rent.
  11. Meria Mata

    Meria Mata Village Chief

    Pia mchinku ana frequency nyingi sana hapa
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  12. shocks

    shocks Village Elder

    Hizo ni za TV
  13. Meria Mata

    Meria Mata Village Chief

    TV is also digital,
    No aerial
    No dish
    Just fast stable Internet connection
    Ustake jua zile channel Niko nazo
  14. inzhener otmetka

    inzhener otmetka Village Elder

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  15. Meria Mata

    Meria Mata Village Chief

    MMNN iko juu ya technology,
    Hii wanasema kila mtu ako fta from klost ako hapo
    Tulianza kitambo,
    The microwaves from space are yours for the taking with the right equipment na iko bei ya chini you can get epl ecl documentaries and movies in glorious HD
  16. Okwonkwo

    Okwonkwo Village Sponsor

    is the radio signals we receive via DVB-T2 digital radio or plain ol' FM?
  17. imei2012

    imei2012 Village Elder

    liberalise the internet and make it affordable just like we did to the banking sector
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  18. Meria Mata

    Meria Mata Village Chief

    Hio ni 2050
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  19. Okwonkwo

    Okwonkwo Village Sponsor

    i think it is already liberalised, only that the barrier to entry is very high... to be an ISP you need some deep pockets
  20. Luther12

    Luther12 Village Sponsor

    Nakumbuka hiyo saga ya HomeBoyz. There's also another guy who hoards them, a KANU-era fellow said to be behind Radio One and Radio Two. Jina linasahaulika. Not forgetting KBC itself.