In Norway the media and telecom authorities have issued permits for local radio in 9 out of 37 regions allocated for local DAB broadcasting. But there was only one application per region and a total of six companies or organisations including “Digital Norge” which is the DAB promoting organisation. In 8 other regions there were more than one application and here there will be an auction March 7. The remaining 20 regions are still vacant and permits will be issued on a first come basis for qualified applicants before June 30, 2013.
Today the digital developments seem to be very costly for small scale broadcasting outside the metropolitan areas says Erik Fagernæs managing director of Norsk Lokalradioforbund (the Norwegian Local Radio Association). He says the local radio in Norway will stay on FM anyway.
(Source: Community Media Forum Europe-CMFE)