Digital Britain – All UK radio to go digital by 2015

As well as promising the UK broadband for all by 2012, as well as tantalising us with future plans of 50Mbps mobile broadband speeds and mobile recept

As well as promising the UK broadband for all by 2012, as well as tantalising us with future plans of 50Mbps mobile broadband speeds and mobile reception of the Tube, the big news is that all national UK radio stations will go digital by 2015.

This digital switchover will happen gradually, and not before DAB accounts for over 50% of all radio listening. DAB must also be able to reach 90% of the population before the upgrade will begin.

The FM bandwidth left empty will be replaced with "ultra-local radio", while radio stations currently broadcasting on medium wave will also be expected to upgrade to DAB.

The Digital Britain report also recommended that all car radios sold in the UK by the end of 2013 should be digital, again helping to bump those numbers up to the required 50%.

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