Two reports on the radio digital switchover have recently been published and have been presented to the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. The report from the Norwegian Media Authority (NMA) of 27 February 2015 contains information about the current situation on the switchover criteria no. 3 (digital added value), 4 (solutions for in-car reception) and 5 (digital listening), while the report from the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) of 10 February 2015 provided information about coverage (criteria no. 1 and 2).
Report No.8 (2010-2011) to the Storting (the Norwegian proposal on the digitalization of radio to the Parliament) set five switchover criteria that must be fulfilled if the digital switchover is to be finalized.
The following three conditions are absolute and must be fulfilled regardless of when switchover takes place:
The above three conditions, as well as the two following conditions, must be fulfilled by 1 January 2015 for the switchover to take place in January 2017.
Provided the absolute criteria (1-3) are fulfilled in 2015, switchover may nevertheless take place in 2019, even if criteria 4 and 5 are not fulfilled.