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.

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: 16.02.2022 - older versions

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

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: 13.06.2022 - older versions

The Regulator (ARCOM - previously 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

The 2021 annual report of the CSA / ARCOM which includes substantial information about the deployment of DAB+ in France is available to download 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.  

DAB+ digital radio broadcasting in the Caen area
01.02.2023 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
From Tuesday 31 January, TDF is starting to broadcast DAB+ digital radio from its Saint-Contest (Calvados) transmission site. The population of the Caen conurbation in Calvados can now receive thirteen radio stations broadcast in DAB+ digital quality: Chante France, Clazz, Crooner Radio, France Bleu Normandie, Générations, Hello Normandie, Jazz Radio, Oüi FM, Radio Bonheur 100% Chansons françaises, Radio FG, Radio Nova, RCF Normandie and Sud Radio.

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SIRTI asks the government to give DAB+ the means to develop
26.01.2023 - France France
During a round table organised by the Senate's Culture, Education and Communication Committee on the theme "The future of radio in the age of DAB+", the union of independent radio stations (SIRTI) highlighted the essential role of the digital terrestrial radio broadcasting standard in the development of the medium and the importance of providing financial support for its deployment, particularly at local level. The SIRTI supported the white paper proposal made by ARCOM. The independent radio stations wish to join the proposal to draft a white paper on DAB+ made by the President of ARCOM during the round table to make their voice heard and to accelerate the expected development of DAB+. Indeed, independent radio stations are massively involved in the deployment of DAB+ in France, with 75% of them now broadcasting via this radio broadcasting standard, while this technology now covers 50% of the country.

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First trial of DAB+ in the French overseas territories
26.01.2023 - Top story - France France - Martinique Martinique
The French regulatory authority for audiovisual and digital communication, Arcom, has authorised an experiment involving the broadcasting of a multiplex of ten services from three sites in Martinique, from 1 January to 30 September 2023. In its 2022-2024 roadmap for the continued deployment of DAB+, Arcom indicated that it would give priority to authorising trials in the overseas territories so that the stakeholders and the public in the overseas territories can familiarise themselves with DAB+ broadcasting, while declaring its readiness to continue the planning work prior to any calls for applications in these territories in the light of the results of the trials. Services scheduled to be broadcast from the start of the DAB+ trial in overseas France: Radio Fusion, Fusion 100%, Fusion Compass, Fusion Gold, Fusion salsa kl@moson.

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Arcom new three-year plan supports DAB+ deployment
26.01.2023 - Top story - France France
The President of Arcom, Roch-Olivier Maistre has presented the Authority's 2023-2025 strategic project. Arcom wants to "promote the competitiveness and pluralism of audiovisual and digital players" in particular by supporting the deployment of DAB+. "With digital technology, radio has entered a new technological, economic and media era, which means that it must embrace new uses without abandoning what has made it a success for a hundred years: it is now essential for Arcom to accompany the sector in this revolution," said Hervé Godechot, chairman of the "Radio and Digital Audio" working group.

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Montpellier: the Bionne transmitter tower is equipped to broadcast DAB+ radio
25.01.2023 - France France
The operation to dismantle and reassemble the antennas of the Bionne tower in Montpellier is delicate and spectacular. The work is taking place at a height of 120 metres. The aim is to broadcast radio stations in digital format. The dismantling of the old analogue radio broadcasting antennas installed on the Bionne tower began this Tuesday in Montpellier. This 20th century technology will be replaced by digital antennas to broadcast DAB+ radio.

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Radio Orient on DAB+ in Mans
23.01.2023 - France France
Radio Orient has added a new coverage area, ensuring continuity of reception of its programmes in new major towns and on several major roads. Radio Orient programmes are now also available in Le Mans on DAB+ since 19 January. This new launch brings the number of areas operated by Radio Orient to 37 on DAB+ and 11 on FM. Radio Orient is one of the largest DAB+ networks in France today.

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Launch of DAB+ digital radio in Sarthe and Eure-et-Loir
19.01.2023 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
From 19 January, TDF is starting to broadcast thirteen radio stations in DAB+ digital quality from its broadcasting sites in La Flèche (Sarthe) and Ceton (Orne): Alouette, Chante France, Clazz, Crooner Radio, Forever, France Bleu Maine, Radio FG, Radio Nova, Radio Orient, RCF Sarthe, Sud Radio, TSF Jazz and Vibration. These sites cover the population of Nogent-le-Rotrou (Eure-et-Loir), La Flèche and La Ferté-Bernard (Sarthe) as well as the A11 motorway for motorists equipped with DAB+ receivers. "I am delighted with the arrival of DAB+ on the extended Le Mans allotment, which is broadcast from the TDF sites in La Flèche and Ceton. TDF has had a strong local presence in the region for many years," said Karim El Naggar, Managing Director of TDF's Audiovisual BU.

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RCF Hauts-de-France organises special day in Amiens
18.01.2023 - France France
To celebrate the start of its DAB+ broadcasting in Amiens, French Christian radio station RCF Hauts-de-France is relocating its studios to the Maison Saint Jean-Baptiste, in the heart of the city, on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for a radio day, open to the public between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks to the opening of new DAB+ transmitters at the beginning of December, RCF Hauts-de-France now covers a population base of nearly 3 million inhabitants in the Hauts-de-France region. The inhabitants of the Somme and Saint-Quentin can now listen to a new regional radio station that broadcasts a programme covering political, economic, cultural, associative and religious news.

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Senate: A round table on DAB+
13.01.2023 - Radio France WorldDAB Member - France France
On Wednesday 25 January, at 10 a.m., the Senate Committee on Culture, Education and Communication is organising a meeting of the Committee in the Salle Médicis of the Senate. This round table will focus on "the future of radio in the DAB+ era". This round table will bring together Roch-Olivier Maistre (president of Arcom), Constance Benqué (president of the Bureau de la radio), Sibyle Veil (president and CEO of Radio France), Christophe Schalk (president of the Syndicat des radios indépendantes) and Emmanuel Boutterin (president of the Syndicat national des radios libres).

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KTO radio goes digital
12.01.2023 - France France
KTO was selected by Arcom on 11 January 2023 as the 26th station on the national digital terrestrial radio frequency. Vincent Montagne, President of KTO, commented on this news: "KTO continues its deployment and and begins a new phase in its history. This digital access strengthens our offer of multimedia services. We are very pleased to have been selected and look forward to launching this new project." KTO TV is the French-speaking Catholic channel, it offers insights into subjects of reflection or debate and accompanies the prayer life of its viewers.

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    Paris Radio Show highlights DAB+ growth

    16.06.2022

    All parts of the French radio industry came together to celebrate the medium at the second edition of the Fete de la Radio during the Paris Radio Show, held at La Seine Musicale earlier this month. Will Jackson & Jean-Marc Dubreuil look back at the digital radio highlights of the event.

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    Major new milestone for DAB+ in France on 12 October

    06.10.2021

    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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    France – DAB+ strategic for broadcast, despite drop in advertising revenues

    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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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

DAB+ services on air in France
Annuaire des radios Françaises en AM, FM et RNT
Regulator - ARCOM
Call for application for 2 multiplexes covering main roads
DAB+ in France - interactive map
DAB+ regulation in France
dabplus.fr