Analogue switch-off? 'It ain't gonna happen'

Analogue switch-off? 'It ain't gonna happen'

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Being first is generally seen as a good thing. The UK was the first country to industrialise and to complete a national rail network. British Marconi was the first company to develop commercial radio. But simply getting to the goal ahead of everyone else isn't enough; you have to identify new goals and achieve them too you have to innovate. Digital audio broadcasting (DAB) is a prime example of this. The UK was the first to develop a digital alternative to the analogue FM and AM signals in the late 1980s, when many music fans were compelled to re-buy albums and junk their vinyl counterparts. Could there be an alternative to crackly radio signals, just as ethereal optical storage had usurped scratchy 33s and 45s? Most likely as the development of digital radio was tied up to the same technology that had made CDs and laser discs possible. DAB radio technology had been under development since 1981, but in 1993 the UK was the first to step up to the plate with public demonstrations. Commercial DAB receivers were on sale by 1999. By 2001, over 50 radio stations were available in London alone.

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