The move towards the use of digital modes for entry level licences is being considered in at least three major countries as a means of making Amateur Radio more relevant and attractive.
Reviews of the Foundation licence in the UK, Australia, and the USA Technician licence, include talk and proposals that some digital modes should be included.
A number of European countries are considering entry level licences, with
proposed inclusion of digital modes. The UK Foundation licence has permitted some digital modes since the outset.
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is looking at the syllabus of its Foundation Licence, while the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) is considering adding some digital modes to the Technician Licence, among other changes.