France

Last update: 22.01.2021 - older versions

In 2014, DAB+ was officially launched for the first time in France, in the cities of Paris, Marseille and Nice. In June 2018, Lille became the fourth metropolitan area in France to have launched regular DAB+ services, and was subsequently followed by launches of DAB+ in Lyon and Strasbourg in December 2018.

On 19 December 2018, the French regulator CSA announced that following the launches of DAB+ in Strasbourg and Lyon, 21.3% of the population of France was now covered by DAB+, therefore triggering the French receiver law requiring all new radio receivers to be equipped with DAB+ capabilities.

DAB+ launched in Bordeaux and Toulouse in November 2020, bringing DAB+ coverage up to 30%.

Receiver legislation

In November 2020, the parliament voted the law enabling the government to take a decree to transpose the EECC into French legislation. That decree, expected by early 2021, will confirm that new passenger cars in France will be required to include digital terrestrial capabilities from 20 December 2020, in line with the EECC. Additional obligations regarding consumer receivers have yet to be agreed but may also be included in the decree.

National DAB+

France is preparing to roll out national DAB+ services in 2021, and the media regulator CSA has announced that national DAB+ licences will become effective on 15 July 2021.

In March 2019, the CSA released the list of radio stations that have been granted a national DAB+ licence alongside the six Radio France national radio stations. 


 

In April 2020, CSA president Roch-Olivier Maistre highlighted that subsidising DAB+ launches for broadcasters, or providing financial assistance through a tax credit scheme - as requested by broadcasters - would be a good idea, given the significant drop in advertising revenues experienced by several broadcasters.

Last update: 07.05.2020 - older versions

As of October 2019, population coverage in France stands at 25%.

In January 2020, the French media regulator CSA, published a new DAB+ roadmap highlighting DAB+ developments plans for the 2020-2023 period. According to the new roadmap, calls for applications will be launched for 50 local allotments in that period of time – these primarily concern the cities of Dijon, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Caen, Nancy, Paris, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Poitiers and Toulouse.

In May 2020, the CSA published the list of broadcasters that will be allocated DAB+ frequencies as part of the launch of DAB+ in Nancy, northeastern France. 26 stations will be available to listeners in the region as part of the launch, scheduled for 2021.

Last update: 22.06.2018 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

There are six regular regional commercial multiplexes on air in Paris, four in Nice, four in Marseille and one in Lille. 46 stations are on air in Paris, 29 in Marseille, 30 in Nice and 51 in Hauts de France. 23 of the 46 DAB+ stations on air in Paris, 19 of the 30 DAB+ stations on air in Nice, 19 of the 29 DAB+ stations in Marseille and 24 of the DAB+ stations on air in Hauts-de-France are available exclusively via DAB+ digital radio (not on FM).

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 76 90 166

Last update: 08.10.2020 - older versions

In France, 59% of new cars sold are equipped with DAB+ (Q1 2020).

As of H1 2018, the percentage of new cars equipped with DAB+ technology in France stands at approximately 20%. However, this figure is expected to grow significantly following the triggering of the French receiver law, which will require all automotive receivers in cars sold within 18 months of the law being triggered to include DAB+ capabilities.

Last update: 08.10.2020 - older versions

Cumulative DAB+ receiver sales (automotive included) up to Q1 2020 accounted for 3,420,000 sales.

The availability of DAB and DAB+ receivers in France continues to grow with a range of devices now on the market, including kitchen radios, handheld and tuners. As more DAB+ services launch, with marketing campaigns to support them, sales are expected to grow significantly across the country over the next few years. 

According to the report released by GFK in January 2019, 2018 saw a 25.8% increase in the number of consumer receivers sold with DAB+ in France compared to 2017. A total of 116.000 DAB+ consumer receivers were sold in France in 2018, excluding automotive receivers.

Last update: 02.10.2018 - older versions

40,000 households in eastern Paris can now receive DAB as part of a test by Towercast. Radio France is broadcasting their portfolio of radio stations on that trial. 

There is one trial local multiplex in East Paris and one trial local multiplex on air in Rambouillet. One of the 5 DAB+ stations on air in Rambouillet are available exclusively via DAB+ digital radio (not on FM).

Several stations offer Slideshow services (SLS).

Last update: 22.01.2021 - older versions

DAB+ was added to the French standards in August 2013

  • Band III
  • Commercial services for 6 cities (Paris, Nice, Marseille, Lille, Lyon, Strasbourg) in Band III
  • Further cities tenders will use the learning of Paris, Nice, Lille and Marseille broadcast 
  • No analogue switch-off date has been determined as of yet

Analogue and digital licences are both issued free of charge. There is a quota for French music and new artists and the current analogue rules which govern advertising and sponsorship will also apply to digital radio.

On 19 December 2018, the French regulator CSA announced that following the launches of DAB+ in Strasbourg and Lyon, 21.3% of the population of France was now covered by DAB+, therefore triggering the French receiver law requiring all new radio receivers to be equipped with DAB+ capabilities.

 

 

 

In November 2020, the parliament voted the law enabling the government to take a decree to transpose the EECC into French legislation. That decree, expected by early 2021, will confirm that new passenger cars in France will be required to include digital terrestrial capabilities from 20 December 2020, in line with the EECC. Additional obligations regarding consumer receivers have yet to be agreed but may also be included in the decree.

 

Last update: 06.02.2019 - older versions

DABplus.fr

The website DABplus.fr was set up to summarise the deployment of DAB+ in France. It is paid by and for stakeholders of DAB+ in France. www.DABplus.fr

Consumer Marketing

Large retailers including FNAC and DARTY are informing consumers about the benefits of digital radio through their websites.

In a session hosted by WorldDAB at the European Radio Show in Paris in January 2019, over 50 regulators, independent and private broadcasters as well as other industry players from across the country came together to discuss the implications and requirements of digital radio marketing in France.

France's independent radios celebrate national launch plans
27.01.2021 - France France
SIRTI - France's independent radio association - has expressed its support for the CSA's decision to authorise national broadcasts across France from 15 July 2021.

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France - national DAB+ expected to launch on 15 July
20.01.2021 - France France
The French media regulator CSA has announced that the launch of national DAB+ services in France will take place on Thursday 15 July 2021. A total of 25 stations are set to broadcast their services across France on DAB+ digital radio.

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Nicolas Curien reasserts France's DAB+ plans at Radio Week
18.01.2021 - France France
Looking back at his six years at the head of the CSA, Curien noted the significant progress of DAB+ radio in France, where the start of national DAB+ services is set to be marked with the launch of two multiplexes this summer.

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DAB+ to launch in Dijon in 2021
03.01.2021 - France France
DAB+ digital radio is set to be launch in Dijon, in the east of the country in July 2021, as part of the continued rollout of DAB+ across France.

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Paris Radio Show to be replaced by #Radioweek in 2021
16.12.2020 - France France
The #Radioweek will offer five days of virtual events related to digital radio from 18 to 22 January 2021, while the Paris Radio Show will be moved to January 2022 instead.

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France - new station revealed for national DAB+ license
07.12.2020 - France France
The French media regulator CSA has announced that Skyrock Klassiks will be the 25th station to launch nationally on DAB+ in France in July 2021.

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Radioplayer network expands
23.11.2020 - France France
Radioplayer has announced the growth of the Radioplayer alliance - with broadcasters from France, the Netherlands and Sweden joining the Radioplayer network.

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DAB+ continues to progress in France
12.11.2020 - France France
DAB+ is taking off in France. DAB+ launched in Bordeaux and Toulouse at the start of November, and is now available to 30% of the population. Two national multiplexes are set to launch in 2021, hosting a total of 25 stations.

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Regional, national DAB+ evolves in France
12.11.2020 - France France
Next year is set to be an important year for French radio, as confirmed by Nicolas Curien of the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel, at the WorldDAB General Assembly. Not only will France be celebrating 100 years since the launch of its first radio broadcasts, it’ll also celebrate the rollout of national DAB+ services, with two multiplexes launching in summer 2021.

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Towercast starts DAB+ broadcasts in Toulouse
06.11.2020 - France France
Towercasts has launched two new transmitters in Toulouse, with 26 stations now available to listeners on DAB+ across the region.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 65.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 25%
Services: 166 DAB+
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 59%
Total Sales (cumulative): 3,420,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 13%
Last update: 08.10.2020

Useful Links

ION 2009-258 of 5 March 2009 on audiovisual communication and the new public television service
Regulator (The Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA))
Deliberation No. 2013-31 of 16 October 2013 amending Resolution No. 2013-1 of 15 January 2013 relating to the fixing of rules for sharing the radio resource of digital terrestrial radio band III
Call for application for 15 regional multiplexes
Call for application for 2 multiplexes covering main roads
dabplus.fr