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How Would You Feel If Nigeria Eliminated FM Radio Like Norway Did?

I can definitely do without listening to FM radio, but I still have moments that call for an FM radio intervention, moments when I am in the car — Plus, it’s really nice not having control of the music that’s on, I might listen to a song that I haven’t heard or thought of in years.

Anyway, on Wednesday, Norway became the first country in the world to start shutting down its FM radio network in favor of digital radio. In their defense, they claim Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) offers better sound quality and more channels at an eighth of the cost of FM. Plus, there are 22 national digital stations, but only five can be packed into the analog FM bands.

However, many Norwegians think that the shift is premature. A poll in Dagbladet newspaper revealed that 66% of Norwegians are against shutting down FM radio, with only 17 percent in favor.
Looking at it generally, there’s certainly a trend towards the FM radio being taken out, especially in the Smartphone industry. Apple has never included an FM radio on an iPhone and Samsung hasn’t included it in the latest Galaxy S series, with other brands seeing less of a need for it in their flagship devices. However, none of these phones have seen fit to introduce DAB+ technology to replace it yet, since there are many streaming apps that can fill the void, streaming apps that consume data.
So, would this happen in a country like Nigeria? Nah! I don’t think Nigeria would want to incur the wrath of the Abokis. 😅

On a more serious note, I think we still have a long way to go before something like this can be effected in Nigeria.


14 comments on “How Would You Feel If Nigeria Eliminated FM Radio Like Norway Did?

  1. KingAbsolute says:

    Am happy Nigeria can’t think of something like this, when we’re still blind.
    I can’t do without radio, sometimes, when am bored and tired with everything, only FM stations keep me sane.

  2. Karolina says:

    Ah!no they should kuku kill me,where do i start from,me way like sport analysis like madt and so many of knowlegdeable are found on air,no,i can’t even imagine it.

  3. Darmie Payne says:

    Wrath of the abokis 😂😂

  4. pWilliams says:

    lolz….I the Abokis will definitely burn down ASO Rock if they ever try such

  5. Techy Jide says:

    They should just say, they don’t want the abokis to listen to news again period

  6. Yomi says:

    Lol @ the wrath of Abokis. Those guys and radio are like 5 and 6. Like you rightly said, it would take a while before it can be implemented here. We would have to deal with the data problem before we can even think of implementing it in nigeria.

  7. Kemi Oguntayo says:

    If this is implemented in Nigeria, I will definitely miss the fake ass oaps we have in nigeria with their fake accent. To be honest, I stream music more these days thanks to my unlimited Internet. But if that was not available, then FM radio.

  8. Lanre Akogun says:

    ABOKIS of life!! Nigeria still has a long way to go before it digital radio can be accepted. A long way+!!

  9. Joshua says:

    Lol true…

  10. Anonymous says:

    Lol… True indeed

  11. Joshua says:

    Lol… True indeed

  12. Rotimi popoola says:

    Feeling like not complete … Radio is like something we need errday in 9ja

    1. Yomi says:

      Feeling like not complete. Really dude???

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