State's handling of the transition to digital radioNational Audit Office has initiated a review of the state's handling of the transition to digital, starting with a completed feasibility study. The results of the review will be presented in a report, with a planned release in March 2015 Margaret Atkins is responsible Auditor.Parliament decided in 1995 to let the Swedish Radio (SR), Educational Broadcasting Company (UR) and private broadcasters begin broadcasting with digital technology Terrestrial Digital Audio Broadcasting (T-DAB). The government chose in 2005 not to continue expanding as the benefits to consumers were not understood and that other technologies are not fully tested. In addition, the government noted that the T-DAB had limited success in other countries.Digital radio has been brought back in 2013 and the Bill Formation and availability - radio and television public service from 2014 to 2019 in which the government argued that the advantages of digitization of terrestrial network. The government stressed that the development of digital radio should be market-driven and therefore left it to the industry to determine if technical solution. SR and UR, together with the dominant commercial companies MTG and SBS stated that the upgraded technology T-DAB + seems to be most suited for Sweden.An industry coordinator shall Nov. 30, 2014 present a plan for the transition to digital radio. The plan is a prerequisite for the government to revisit the issue. Thereafter, the parliament might decide that the FM network will be decommissioned and replaced by a digital terrestrial network.It has emerged in the pilot study indicate that different alternatives are not sufficiently illuminated and that the consequences for society and citizens have not been clarified. It is also uncertain whether a conversion to a digital terrestrial radio network is optimally planned based on the limited spectrum space.
PurposeThe purpose of the review is to examine whether the state contributes to the transition to digital radio in a way that is economically efficient and that meet the needs of citizens. The review also aims to contribute to the Parliament receives a paper which highlights the consequences of and alternatives to extinguish FM network and replace it with a T-DAB networks.