France - Regulation and Spectrum - History

08.03.2013

Digital radio licences will be issued in France with a duration of 10 to 15 years and any broadcasters going digital will get a five year extension of their analogue licences. Simulcasting, associated data and audio-visual communication services will be permitted. 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 apply to digital radio.

The French Law on digital radio released in March 2009 has been revised so that when 20% of the French population is covered by a digital radio signal, DMB will become mandatory in all devices which includes radios. Similar to the first draft of the law there is a 12 month grace period after which all products containing radio must be digital with the exception of cars. The car industry has an 18 month grace period after 20% coverage is reached. These changes were made to the law by the French Senate on 17 May 2011.

Currently in France there is a lack of FM spectrum which means the French radio market has no opportunity to expand. The French market in line with GE-06 has allocated Band III for digital radio. There has been some discussion into using the L Band for coverage of motorways although this has not been confirmed.

Following a consultation on use of the L Band last March (2011) by the CSA, a call for tenders has been sent out to use the upper part of the L Band for satellite services which closed on 27 Feb 2012.

This is possible as the upper part of the L Band is reserved for digital radio hybrid services with satellite and terrestrial broadcasting mainly based on SDR.

The tender launched by CSA is not for radio broadcasters but mainly for distributors. It is for a national network with 67 allotments based in the upper part of the L Band. Coverage objectives are 20% within three years, 40% within five years and minimum 60% within seven years. The tender requires compatibility with MA02revCO07 which will preserve the L Band for broadcasting. However, it allows DMB in the terrestrial part but also it opens up the lower part of the band for other technologies. Onde Numerique has been selected by the regulation authority to launch a hybrid terrestrial/satellite network using L band. Pay services should started by the end of 2014 using the ESDR norm.

17.10.2012

Digital radio licences will be issued in France with a duration of 10 to 15 years and any broadcasters going digital will get a five year extension of their analogue licences. Simulcasting, associated data and audio-visual communication services will be permitted. 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 apply to digital radio.

The French Law on digital radio released in March 2009 has been revised so that when 20% of the French population is covered by a digital radio signal, DMB will become mandatory in all devices which include radio. Similar to the first draft of the law there is a 12 month grace period after which all products containing radio must be digital with the exception of cars . The car industry has an 18 month grace period after 20% coverage is reached. These changes were made to the law by the French Senate on 17 May 2011. 

15.10.2012

Digital radio licences will be issued in France with a duration of 10 to 15 years and any broadcasters going digital will get a five year extension of their analogue licences . Simulcasting, associated data and audio-visual communication services will be permitted . 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 apply to digital radio .The French

Law on digital radio released in March 2009 has been revised so that when 20% of the French population is covered by a digital radio signal, DMB will become mandatory in all devices which include radio . Similar to the first draft of the law there is a 12 month grace period after which all products containing radio must be digital with the exception of cars . The car industry has an 18 month grace period after 20% coverage is reached . These changes were made to the law by the French Senate on 17 May 2011