France

Last update: 05.02.2021 - older versions

National launch of DAB+

The French media regulator CSA confirmed that the national DAB+ broadcast authorization across France will become effective on 15 July 2021 setting the earliest day by which national broadcasters in France can go on air.

The first stage of the national broadcasts is set to cover highways in mainland France (often referred to as “metropolitan France” in French), starting with highways between the country’s two largest cities, Paris and Marseille, crossing Lyon.

A total of two multiplexes are set to launch in France in the summer of 2021. The 25 broadcasters that have been selected to broadcast nationally on DAB+ have already been determined, and include the six Radio France national radio stations.

The CSA rollout plan, the nodes and arcs strategy, which also includes continued regional rollouts alongside the launch of national services, aims to bring population coverage in France up to 40% by the end of 2022.

Receiver legislation

In December 2018 DAB+ coverage reached 21.3% of the French population, which triggered a law requiring that all radio receivers (including in-car) sold in France be compatible with the broadcasting standards (ie DAB+). This 2018 law was amended in June 2020 to align with the EECC deadline of 20 December 2020.

In November 2020, the French parliament voted in favour of a law to transpose the EECC into French legislation. This law passed the last stage and was made official in December 2020, enabling the government to take a final decree which is expected by early 2021. The decree will confirm that new passenger cars in France will be required to include digital terrestrial radio from 20 December 2020, in line with the EECC. Additional obligations regarding consumer receivers have yet to be agreed and may also be included in that decree enacting the EECC.

 

Last update: 28.05.2021 - older versions

As of May 2021, population coverage in France stands at 30%.

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: 08.03.2021 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

Please note:

(a)    These web pages are updated regularly to reflect current services on air, however they may not be exactly up to date.

(b)    The logos shown on these pages are for illustrative purposes only – manufacturers and broadcasters are directed here for information on implementing station logos.

France is in the process of rolling out DAB+ services nationwide.  This web page is updated regularly to reflect the current services on air in France, but may not be exactly up to date. 

An interactive  map showing all services currently on air in France, as well as those licensed to go on air, can be found at:  Ma radio DAB Plus - CSA - Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 76 91 167

Last update: 18.06.2021 - older versions

In France, as of H2 2020, 82% of new cars sold are equipped with DAB+ as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2021).

Last update: 05.02.2021 - older versions

Receiver legislation 

In December 2018 DAB+ coverage reached 21.3% of the French population, which triggered a law requiring that all radio receivers (including in-car) sold in France be compatible with the broadcasting standards (ie DAB+). This 2018 law was amended in June 2020 to align with the EECC deadline of 20 December 2020.

In November 2020, the French parliament voted in favour of a law to transpose the EECC into French legislation. This law passed the last stage and was made official in December 2020, enabling the government to take a final decree which is expected by early 2021. The decree will confirm that new passenger cars in France will be required to include digital terrestrial radio from 20 December 2020, in line with the EECC. Additional obligations regarding consumer receivers have yet to be agreed and may also be included in that decree enacting the EECC.

More detailed information is in the WorldDAB EECC Factsheet

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: 05.02.2021 - older versions

The Regulator (CSA) refers to a “Nodes and Arcs” phase of DAB+ rollout bringing DAB+ coverage to the 50 largest cities and to the highways connecting them. The target completion date is end of 2022. Then the so-called “Percolation Phase” will cover the lower density regions.

Four calls for applications are expected by end of 2023 to reach 50 smaller cities and their surrounding areas. From the point of view of enhancing the digital radio experience for consumers, the CSA initiated a forum with French broadcasters to discuss the DAB+ user experience.

DAB+ regulation in France is outlined on the French Media regulator's website here

 

Last update: 05.02.2021 - 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

French broadcasters are developing a marketing strategy in preparation for the national launch of DAB+.  The work involves collaboration between all broadcaster groups - Radio France, the large private broadcasters as well as independent radios.  

Turning point for national DAB+ in France
21.07.2021 - Radio France WorldDAB Member - France France
Last Thursday the CSA authorised 25 stations to broadcast programmes via DAB+ on the Paris-Lyon-Marseille axis. This first step towards the national deployment of digital radio aims to strengthen radio listening. Last week was the date when broadcast could start at the earliest. Taking into consideration the time to set up the infrastructure, the radio stations should start broadcasting 12 October.

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French children's station Radio Pitchoun extends reach
20.07.2021 - France France
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TDF and Radio Screen partner to support a richer DAB+ experience
12.07.2021 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
The service offered by Radio Screen gives radio stations the possibility of simultaneously displaying artist images, photos and advertising messages on vehicle screens. National DAB+ launches across France in October 2021 - DAB+ services are already on air across 10 cities and regions.

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MyZen radio arrives in DAB + on the French Riviera
01.07.2021 - France France
Launched in August 2020 on digital terrestrial radio in DAB+ in Paris and Île-de-France, MyZen radio offers an atypical program in the national radio landscape. Aimed at a CSP+ audience, the new station is extending its broadcasting area on the Côte d'Azur from Menton to the gates of the Var from Monaco. MyZen radio now has a population base of more than 8 million listeners thanks to DAB+.

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The future of radio in the car is now at stake
28.06.2021 - France France
A record number of delegates attended the WorldDAB Automotive conference, making this event a true hub around digital radio in the car. More than 500 delegates from more than 70 countries have registered to attend this live event, unique in bringing together the broadcasting and automotive sectors to collaborate in securing the future of radio in the car.

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DAB+: Optimising the auditor's experience
28.06.2021 - France France
The WorldDAB organised on June 23 its annual conference on the place of DAB+ and radio in the car. Overview of the main figures, updates and information to remember.

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Yellow Radio arrives in DAB+ on the French Riviera
25.06.2021 - France France
From 1 July 2021 Yellow Radio, the deep electro-pop dance radio, will be available in DAB+ on the French Riviera and the Italian Riviera. Yellow Radio, a 100% digital radio station, is a creation of Studio 21, based in Arras.

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Premium Radio arrives in DAB+ on the French Riviera
25.06.2021 - France France
Premium Radio will be launched in DAB+ on the French Riviera and the Italian Riviera on July 1st. Raphaël Warny is leading this new project. For 15 years, this young Belgian has developed many radio projects in Belgium and Luxembourg before now tackling Monaco and the French Riviera.

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In Europe, DAB+ is installed in cars
24.06.2021 - France France
In the second half of 2020, more than 80% of new cars in the main European markets were equipped with a DAB+ receiver as standard.

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DAB+ trial to start on Réunion
22.06.2021 - France France
On 22 June the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) announced that it has authorised the Federation of Community Radios of Réunion Island to carry out a DAB+ technical trial in the capital city of Saint-Denis. Réunion Island is a French department located in the Indian Ocean.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 65.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 30%
Services: 167 DAB+
Line-fit automotive sales (cumulative): 3,338,316 devices
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 82%
Total Sales (cumulative): 4,395,062 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 13%
Last update: 18.06.2021

Useful Links

Regulator (The Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA))
DAB+ services on air in France
Annuaire des radios Françaises en AM, FM et RNT
Call for application for 2 multiplexes covering main roads
DAB+ in France - interactive map
DAB+ regulation in France
dabplus.fr