France

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National launch of DAB+

On 12 October 2021 France launched two new national multiplexes broadcasting 25 DAB+ stations, including national services from Radio France and leading private broadcasters. The new multiplexes are broadcast along the major motorway corridors of Paris-Lyon-Marseille. The 25 services include three new DAB+ only stations and 22 stations that are also broadcast in FM. These 25 radios are in addition to the hundreds of radio stations already available regionally and locally on DAB+

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 to 50% by 2022.

Receiver legislation

There are two separate pieces of legislation in France related to DAB+ in cars:

(1)

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 listed in section V of section 19 of the law . The regulator - le Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel - notes that DAB+ is the only authorised digital terrestrial radio standard in France. This 2018 law was amended in June 2020 to align with the EECC deadline of 20 December 2020.

(2)

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, with the transposition of the EECC into French law officially published on 28 May 2021. Other receivers Other radios (terminals), for which the reception function of radio services broadcast is not purely incidental, and have an alphanumeric screen, must be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio.

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.

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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

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In France, as of H2 2021, 90% of new cars sold are equipped with DAB+ as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2022).

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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).

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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

 

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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.  

AirZen Radio continues its development in DAB+ on the Côte d'Azur
07.04.2022 - France France
AirZen Radio is now available in DAB+ on the Côte d'Azur! Thanks to its new transmitter located in the Principality of Monaco, AirZen Radio is broadcast from Menton to Saint-Tropez, via Nice, Antibes, Grasse, Cannes, Fréjus, Les Arcs... Since April 1, a large part of the inhabitants of the Alpes Maritimes and the Var have been able to listen to AirZen Radio in DAB+ with superior sound quality. This new broadcasting area allows the radio to add 1 million potential listeners to its initial area.

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European Radio Show changes name to Paris Radio Show
24.03.2022 - France France
The European Radio Show is changing its name. It is now the Paris Radio Show. Like every year, the Paris Radio Show is free for professionals working in the Radio, Digital Audio or Podcast sectors. Whether you are a simple volunteer, technical director, artist, big boss or podcaster, the Paris Radio Show welcomes you and gives you access to the exhibitor area and conference sessions dedicated to the Radio, Music and Podcast sectors.

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DAB+ in France - more new launches
23.03.2022 - France France
Several DAB+ multiplexes have gone on air across several regions in France, in the Grenoble and Isère region, and including local muxes in Grenoble (158,000 inhabitants), Chambéry (59,000 inhabitants), Annecy (130,000 inhabitants) and Annemasse (36,000 inhabitants). In April, the expansion of the regional and local muxes in France is to continue with the conurbations of Orléans, Tours and Poitiers.

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TDF Group installs new DAB+ antenna on Eiffel Tower
15.03.2022 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
At 11:15 a.m. this morning, the TDF group carried out an exceptional technical operation to install, at the top of the Eiffel Tower, a new radio antenna six meters high, intended for the broadcasting of digital terrestrial radio throughout Ile-de-France. Carried out by helicopter, the spectacular operation is unprecedented. Indeed, the Eiffel Tower had not grown for 22 years and this is the first time that a helicopter operation has been carried out for the installation of new equipment on the Eiffel Tower.

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Can FM and DAB+ co-exist?
28.02.2022 - France France
In recent years, FM has been getting closer to its limits and in several regions of France, FM is saturated, meaning new radio stations cannot develop, and limiting the choice for listeners. In addition, many radio stations cannot be received in more remote locations. In response Arcom (the Regulatory Authority for Audiovisual and Digital Communication), issued licences for 25 national radio stations on the motorway axis of Paris-Lyon-Marseille, with the stations launched on 12 October 2021. Coordinating the entire radio ecosystem and informing listeners about DAB+ remain challenging, with progress too fast for some, and too slow for others.

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Paris Radio Show 2022 to take place 2-3 June
23.02.2022 - France France
An event bringing together the French radio industry has been announced to take place on 2-3 June in Paris. Further details on the event are to follow shortly.

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DAB+ in 90% of new cars in France
21.02.2022 - France France
DAB+ is now in 90% of new cars sold in France. In October 2021 France launched two new national multiplexes broadcasting 25 DAB+ stations, including national services from Radio France and leading private broadcasters. The new multiplexes are broadcast along the major motorway corridors of Paris-Lyon-Marseille.

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New DAB+ station Radio Mont Blanc launches in France
04.01.2022 - France France
Radio Mont Blanc launched on 20 December on DAB+ in the Savoie and Haute-Savoie regions, notoriously one of the most difficult areas in France to cover with a radio signal due to the challenging topography of this mountainous region.

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Radio Orient launches in Roanne
03.01.2022 - France France
The launch of Radio Orient in the central France region of Roanne brings the number of zones covered by the radio station on DAB+ to 28 (in addition to the 11 zones covered by FM), making it one of the largest radio networks broadcast on DAB+ in France. The station promises to launch in further regions throughout 2022.

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France accelerates its DAB+ revolution
15.12.2021 - France France
Radio France CEO Sibyle Veil and CSA Board Member Hervé Godechot shared their views on the DAB+ deployment in France at the WorldDAB Summit in November. “DAB+ is a broadcast mode that is ecologically interesting. The transmitters are more powerful and can broadcast more radio stations on the same frequency. These are important issues for us in the future.” Two new national multiplexes have been launched, covering the major motorway corridors of Paris-Lyon-Marseille and carrying 25 DAB+ stations including six national public services from Radio France. In the next 12 months, DAB+ will switch on in a further 26 areas, with a total of 465 stations carried on the new multiplexes.

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    Major new milestone for DAB+ in France on 12 October

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    Seven years after the commercial launch of DAB+ in Paris, Nice and Marseille, a major step change in the deployment of DAB+ in France takes place on 12 October 2021. 25 national radios stations (19 commercial, 6 public) will launch, covering the major motorway corridors of Paris-Lyon-Marseille.

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    23.04.2020

    Despite consumers’ increasing interest in DAB+, broadcasters in France are now facing a uncertain future caused by the coronavirus outbreak and drop in advertising revenues. However, new DAB+ services continue to launch in the country, with regional DAB+ services set to launch in Bordeaux and Toulouse in the summer.

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    DAB+ gets a boost in France: CSA announces a clear and detailed plan

    08.01.2018

    Just after Christmas French regulator, the CSA, announced its plan for the acceleration of DAB+ rollouts in France. In this blog, Jean-Marc Dubreuil, Country Manager, France, at WorldDAB, explains the key points from the consultation and the CSA’s proposals.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 65.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 39%
Services: 167 DAB+
Line-fit automotive sales (cumulative): 4,168,000 devices
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 90%
Total Sales (cumulative): 5,428,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 13%
Last update: 16.02.2022

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