Sunday 13 December 2020

FM Radio Mandatory for New Cars in Finland

DAB broadcasting is not on the agenda

The Finnish parliament has approved the reform of the Electronic Communications Services Act and related laws. The amendment to the Vehicle Act secures the possibility for Finns to listen to domestic FM radio channels in the car also in the future.

The position of FM radio in new cars in Finland will receive a new kind of security with the change in the law. Article 25 of the revised Vehicle Act, which will enter into force already on December 21, stipulates that the radio receivers of new cars sold in Finland must be able to receive FM radio.

"FM radio has a very strong position in cars. It is important that the law secures the possibility to listen to domestic radio channels in new cars," From the point of view of the ability of Finnish radio companies to operate, it is critical that domestic radio channels are easily accessible to motorists, and in the cars where Finns want to listen to the radio to a large extent."

This comes after the new EU requirement for radio equipment in new cars being capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio broadcasting (DAB in most cases).  However, Finland already 2007 opted out of utilizing the frequency band designated for DAB broadcasting.

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