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

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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 (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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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.  

French regulator implements next steps for national deployment of DAB+
23.01.2020 - France France
At its plenary meeting on 22 January the CSA agreed on the timetable for the allocation of a remaining space on the national multiplex 1 to be launched later this year. Work on the preparations are to start immediately, with a call for applications to be launched in February.

(www.csa.fr) Read more


DAB+ in the spotlight at European Radio Show
23.01.2020 - WorldDAB News - France France
The significant progress of DAB+ digital radio in France is set to take centre stage at this year’s European Radio and Digital Audio Show. Kicking off in Paris today, the event will bring together stakeholders from across the French radio industry and beyond to discuss the opportunities DAB+ brings for the radio, manufacturing, retail and automotive sectors.

(WorldDAB) Read more


DAB+ in France's overseas territories
19.01.2020 - France France
This article outlines the French media regulator's potential approach regarding the rollout of DAB+ in France's overseas territories, based on FM services currently available in these locations.

(Megazap) Read more


DAB+ in numbers
23.12.2019 - France France
From October 2018 to September 2019, just under 140,000 receivers were sold in France - a 30.9% growth in a receiver market down 12%. This is the strongest growth with Belgium ( 4.4% growth) and the Czech Republic (82% growth).

(La Lettre Pro) Read more


More than 2.3 million DAB+ receivers sold in France
17.12.2019 - France France
According to the latest infographic published by WorldDAB, more than 2.3 million DAB+ receivers have been sold in France, while household penetration in the country stands at 13%.

(dabplus.fr) Read more


New digital radio regulation comes into force in France
16.12.2019 - France France
Starting from 20 December 2019, new consumer receivers sold in France will be required to include DAB+ digital radio. The law will also be applied to in-car receivers starting from 20 June 2020.

(dabplus.fr) Read more


100% Radio bets on DAB+ strategy to expand network
10.12.2019 - France France
100% Radio, the radio station based in the region of Occitanie in Southern France, is counting on DAB+ digital radio to help extend its network and launch in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier in the near future.

(La Lettre Pro) Read more


Broadcasters in northern France unite in promoting DAB+
02.12.2019 - France France
Broadcasters in the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, northern France, have launched a new advertising campaign promoting DAB+ digital radio. The campaign, which will go live across radio, TV and social media, marks the first time regional broadcasters unite in promoting DAB+ services in France.

(dabplus.fr) Read more


France auto trade communicates about EECC
28.11.2019 - France France
Digital radio offers a number of advantages, including access to a wider range of radio stations, says French automotive publication La Tribune Auto. In France, all in-car radios sold in France from 31 June 2020 onward will be required to include DAB+ digital radio capabilities.

(La Tribune Auto) Read more


2020 European Radio & Digital Audio Show unveils new features
27.11.2019 - France France
In 2020, the European Radio and Digital Audio Show expects over 8,000 visitors, 160 exhibitors and more than a hundred conferences, masterclasses and specialised workshops over three days, making it the largest event in the industry in Europe.The three-day event will be held from January 23 to 25 at Paris, France.

(Asia Radio Today) Read more


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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