Transition to digital radio

Radio is the last primarily analogue communication service, which, however, is gradually being transformed by digitalization. Similar to most European countries, digital radio in Hungary exists in parallel with traditional FM broadcasting. In contrast, Norway, in the midst of lots of criticism, attempted to go fully digital in early 2017. The first stage of that process is called digital audio radiobroadcasting (DAB).

Hungary started its DAB broadcasting experiment in 1995, the same year BBC began to regularly broadcast on DAB, followed in 2008 by the switchover to DAB+, a more advanced technology. Currently, 38 percent of the Hungarian population can potentially listen to digital radio programmes with a DAB-ready device in and around Budapest, including public service radio stations and one or two commercial radio stations. One of the benefits of DAB is that regardless of the specific location, audio quality is consistent in the coverage area. However, DAB technology is challenged by the rapid evolution of internet radio technology.