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DAB+ : a structural choice for the radio industry

Launched in 2014 in Paris, Nice and Marseille, DAB+ is now seen as critical to contribute to the future of radio and to address the saturation of FM. It is a means to preserve diversity and plurality. As DAB+ is reaching a turning point, the regulator, Arcom, is launching in 2023 a consultation with the radio industry which will include the switchover from FM to DAB+ both in the metropolitan area and overseas. The economics of radio are a key element of the expected white paper, as well as the potential acceleration of the deployment.

Deployment of DAB+

On 12 October 2021, France launched two new national multiplexes broadcasting 26 DAB+ stations, including national services from Radio France, leading private broadcasters and four new national services. The new multiplexes are broadcast along the major motorway corridors of Paris-Lyon-Marseille. The 26 services include four new DAB+ only stations and 22 stations that are also broadcast in FM. Extension to more main roads and highly populated areas is planned for the end of 2023. These 26 radios are in addition to the hundreds of radio stations already available regionally and locally on DAB+

The CSA rollout plan, the so-called "nodes and arcs strategy" described in 2017, which also includes continued regional and local rollouts alongside the launch of national services, was updated in 2021. 

Arcom says that "In total, it is expected that 17 multiplexes, extended or local, will have started broadcasting during the summer of 2023. At the end of these start-ups, the coverage of the metropolitan population by DAB+ will exceed 50%."

French DAB+ Broadcast Networks Factsheet

A new factsheet on DAB+ digital radio in France has been produced for automotive manufacturers, as the country achieves over 50% DAB+ population coverage.

The factsheet from WorldDAB - the global industry forum for DAB digital radio - was produced as part of the work of its Automotive Working Group, in partnership with network operator TDF, and RadioDNS which promotes hybrid radio.   

France DAB+ Broadcast Networks

Receiver legislation

Older pieces of legislation in France related to DAB+ in cars have been superseded by the transposition in November 2020 of the EECC into French legislation.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. Domestic receivers, 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. Discussions are ongoing to make DAB+ mandatory in all receivers. 

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DAB+ digital terrestrial radio continues to roll out across France. With its arrival in towns such as Bayonne, Besançon, Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Metz, Nancy and Pau, this summer DAB+ passed the symbolic milestone of covering 50% of the French population. A trial has also been underway in Martinique since January. With the continued roll-out of national antennas between October 2023 and March 2024, more than 60% of the population will be covered by DAB+ by early 2024.

In December 2021, the French media regulator CSA, published an updated DAB+ roadmap highlighting DAB+ developments plans for the 2022-2024 period.

According to the new roadmap, calls for applications will be launched for 50 local allotments in that period of time – these primarily concerned the cities of Dijon, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Caen, Nancy, Paris, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Poitiers and Toulouse. An overseas trial has also been licensed in Martinique. 

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French DAB+ Broadcast Networks Factsheet

A new factsheet on DAB+ digital radio in France has been produced for automotive manufacturers, as the country achieves over 50% DAB+ population coverage.

The factsheet from WorldDAB - the global industry forum for DAB digital radio - was produced as part of the work of its Automotive Working Group, in partnership with network operator TDF, and RadioDNS which promotes hybrid radio.   

France DAB+ Broadcast Networks


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.

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 358 102 460

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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

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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 (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


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

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+ arrives in Angers on 7 November
01.11.2022 - France France
Digital terrestrial radio (DAB+) will be introduced in Angers on Monday 7 November. Radio G! has been preparing for this change for several months, which should mean better sound and a better listening experience. "Radio G! has chosen to be part of this evolution, to enter the world of the future because, in the long term, DAB + will be the only radio broadcasting channel," explains its president Michèle Guillon.

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RTL to stop broadcasting on long wave in 2023
17.10.2022 - France France
From January 1, RTL radio (M6 Group) will no longer broadcast its long-wave signal from its transmitter centre in Beidweiler, Luxembourg. The measure should enable the group to reduce by some 6,000 megawatt hours (MWh) its electricity consumption per year. Listeners will be redirected to other means of listening, including DAB+, FM and TV set top boxes or via their mobile app.

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DAB+ broadcasting "will give the medium a facelift", says station chair
12.10.2022 - France France
Based in Contrexéville, "Magnum la radio" has been broadcasting its programmes in DAB+ in Strasbourg since 2018. Benoit Boulanger, the station's president, is quite taken with this new technology. "It is still a technology in which we believe, on which we are betting. Listening is still totally free for the listener, and the sound quality is really better. DAB+ also has the possibility of offering texts, visuals and maps on small screens, which can give radio a new look. This is revolutionising our business a little bit."

(L'Est Républicain) Read more

RADIO-J is now broadcast on DAB+ in Nice, Cannes and Monaco
22.09.2022 - France France
After Paris and the Ile-de-France, RADIO-J is now also broadcasting its programmes in DAB+ throughout the French Riviera: Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Grasse, Fréjus, Saint-Tropez, Menton and Monaco. According to Médiamétrie, 380,000 listeners tune in to Radio-J (+21% in one year, overall audience), including 138,000 every week (+6% in one year).

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

Maison FG launches DanceOne
06.09.2022 - France France
On Tuesday 6 September, Maison FG launched a new radio station in Paris, Marseille and Nice called "DanceOne". The station has been authorised by Arcom to broadcast in Paris, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Nice and Cannes on DAB+, the new digital terrestrial radio broadcasting standard, whose deployment in France is accelerating.

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DAB+: deployment in Europe continues
06.09.2022 - France France - Switzerland Switzerland - Germany Germany - Sweden Sweden
While regional deployments are continuing in France and Switzerland is preparing to abandon FM for good in favour of digital radio, even though digital radio now accounts for more than half of all car radio listening there, several European countries are stepping up their initiatives... In Germany, a study shows that the DAB+ audience is younger on average than the radio audience. This is good news for the rejuvenation of the radio audience. In Sweden, the country has just transposed the European directive on DAB+ (obligation to integrate DAB+ into car receivers). Sweden was one of the last countries not to have transposed the directive in the EU.

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Radio J now on DAB+ in Île-de-France
26.08.2022 - France France
"Since Monday morning, your radio station, Radio J, has been available on DAB+ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A new high-quality standard now complements FM and Internet broadcasts. Since August 22, Radio-J has been broadcasting its programmes in Île-de-France on DAB+, 24/24 and 7/7, the new digital terrestrial radio broadcasting standard whose deployment in France and around the world is experiencing a strong acceleration. DAB+ technology allows better coverage without interference or crackling, and increased digital sound quality." Radio J is a Jewish community radio station in Paris.

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AirZen Radio is dedicated to well-being on DAB+
22.08.2022 - towerCast WorldDAB Member - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
AirZen, the first “100% positive” radio station dedicated to wellness, and the only new national French radio station licensed by the CSA in 20 years, launched on Oct. 12, 2021. It was the brainchild of Mediameeting Group founders, Anne-Marie de Couvreur, Frédéric Courtine and Jean-Louis Simonet, as an incentive to help French people live better. AirZen set up its main facility in Bordeaux to broadcast on the DAB+ M1 Multiplex that covers the area from Paris to Nice, including Dijon, Lyon, Marseille and Avignon. Towercast and TDF are its broadcast operators, and it also streams via the web. For its DAB+ broadcasting, the encoding starts from the offices in Bordeaux and is sent via optical fiber by Towercast to the Paris headend.

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Hits 1 now broadcast on DAB+
26.07.2022 - France France
Since July 1st, the internet radio station Hits 1 is now available on DAB+ on the Côte d'Azur. Hits 1 calls itself "an independent radio station based in Toulouse and Saintes... The format of Hits 1 chooses brief information and a minimum of breaks between the hits."

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Le Figaro to launch on DAB+
21.07.2022 - France France
Le Figaro announces that three DAB+ radio services will be launched in the second half of 2022, while a TNT (DTT) channel in Ile-de-France will be created by the end of the year. Laurence de Charette, who led the editorial staff of, will now be in charge of all of the group's audiovisual activities - existing (Le Figaro Live) or in the development phase (TNT and DAB), in conjunction with SECOM, the audiovisual partner of the Figaro Group. She will be responsible for developing the editorial offer of Le Figaro on social networks as well as the offer of audiovisual programmes (podcasts and documentaries).

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 65.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 54.8%
Services: 460 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: 13.09.2023

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