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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Older pieces of legislation in France related to DAB+ in cars have been superseded by the transposition in November 2020 of the EECC into French legislation.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

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

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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+ comes to the Eiffel Tower: official video
30.05.2022 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
TDF Group has released an official video of its unprecedented technical and helicopter operation at the top of the Eiffel Tower in March, adding a radio antenna for DAB+ broadcasts in Ile-de- France, and increasing the height of the tower by six metres to 330m.

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DAB+ launches in Orléans, Poitiers and Tours.
20.05.2022 - France France
Three DAB+ multiplexes started on 17 May, in the extended Orléans, extended Poitiers and extended Tours areas. Arcom has also authorised 13 further radio stations in each of the following areas: Orléans local, Poitiers local and Tours local. The start of their broadcasts is scheduled for 27 June. Digital terrestrial radio or DAB+ is gradually being rolled out in France: 40% of the metropolitan population was covered as of October 2021. This coverage continues to grow steadily with the aim of reaching 50% of the metropolitan population before the end of 2022.

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Radio Orient now also broadcast on DAB+ in Tours
20.05.2022 - France France
Radio Orient has added Tours to the list of cities across France where the station is now broadcast via DAB+. The company continues to develop its network at a sustained pace and this new deployment brings the number of areas covered by Radio Orient on DAB+ to 33 sectors and 11 on FM. Radio Orient is one of the largest networks currently broadcasting on DAB+ in France. Other new areas will be added in June 2022.

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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.

(La Lettre Pro ) Read more

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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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