France

Last update: 07.05.2020 - older versions

In 2014, DAB+ was officially launched for the first time in France, in the cities of Paris, Marseille and Nice. In June 2018, Lille became the fourth metropolitan area in France to have launched regular DAB+ services, and was subsequently followed by launches of DAB+ in Lyon and Strasbourg in December 2018.

On 19 December 2018, the French regulator CSA announced that following the launches of DAB+ in Strasbourg and Lyon, 21.3% of the population of France was now covered by DAB+, therefore triggering the French receiver law requiring all new radio receivers to be equipped with DAB+ capabilities.

As of 19.12.2018, new receivers able to display multimedia content are required to integrate DAB+ capabilities within three months [end of March 2019], while all radio receivers have 12 months to include digital capabilities [end of December 2019], aside from in-car receivers which have 18 months to comply with the law [end of June 2020].

In December 2019, a proposal to amend the existing receiver legislation was submitted to the French government. According to the new proposed regulation:

  • All new car radios sold starting from 21st Dec 2020 should include digital radio capabilities
  • All new consumer receivers capable of displaying letters and numbers should include digital radio capabilities, starting from 21st Dec 2020
  • In France’s overseas territories that have yet to launch DAB+, the regulation will come into effect six months after the launch of regular DAB+ services The bill, which has been presented for debate by the government before parliament, can be amended by the parliament or the senate until it is adopted in early 2020.

The bill that includes the EECC transposition, which had been presented for debate by the government before parliament, has now been put on hold due to the outbreak of Covid-19, and will need to be reviewed in order to include new learnings from the crisis.

National DAB+ licences

In March 2019, the CSA released the list of radio stations that have been granted a national DAB+ licence alongside the six Radio France national radio stations. 

In May 2019, the CSA announced the allocations for France’s national DAB+ multiplexes, as follows:

Originally scheduled to launch in 2020, national DAB+ services may instead be launched in 2021 due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In April 2020, CSA president Roch-Olivier Maistre highlighted that subsidising DAB+ launches for broadcasters, or providing financial assistance through a tax credit scheme - as requested by broadcasters - would be a good idea, given the significant drop in advertising revenues experienced by several broadcasters.

Last update: 07.05.2020 - older versions

As of October 2019, population coverage in France stands at 25%.

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: 22.06.2018 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

There are six regular regional commercial multiplexes on air in Paris, four in Nice, four in Marseille and one in Lille. 46 stations are on air in Paris, 29 in Marseille, 30 in Nice and 51 in Hauts de France. 23 of the 46 DAB+ stations on air in Paris, 19 of the 30 DAB+ stations on air in Nice, 19 of the 29 DAB+ stations in Marseille and 24 of the DAB+ stations on air in Hauts-de-France are available exclusively via DAB+ digital radio (not on FM).

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 76 90 166

Last update: 06.02.2019 - older versions

As of H1 2018, the percentage of new cars equipped with DAB+ technology in France stands at approximately 20%. However, this figure is expected to grow significantly following the triggering of the French receiver law, which will require all automotive receivers in cars sold within 18 months of the law being triggered to include DAB+ capabilities.

Last update: 06.02.2019 - older versions

The availability of DAB and DAB+ receivers in France continues to grow with a range of devices now on the market, including kitchen radios, handheld and tuners. As more DAB+ services launch, with marketing campaigns to support them, sales are expected to grow significantly across the country over the next few years.

Cumulative DAB+ receiver sales (automotive included) up to H1 2018 accounted for 1,734,000 sales, although this number is expected to grow significantly given that the French receiver law recently triggered will require all new receivers – other than automotive – sold within 12 months to include DAB+ capabilities.

According to the report released by GFK in January 2019, 2018 saw a 25.8% increase in the number of consumer receivers sold with DAB+ in France compared to 2017. A total of 116.000 DAB+ consumer receivers were sold in France in 2018, excluding automotive receivers.

As of 19.12.2018 – New receivers able to display multimedia content are to integrate DAB+ capabilities within three months [end of March], while all radio receivers have 12 months to include digital capabilities [end of December], aside from in-car receivers which have 18 months to comply with the law [end of May].

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: 16.12.2019 - older versions

DAB+ was added to the French standards in August 2013

  • Band III
  • Commercial services for 6 cities (Paris, Nice, Marseille, Lille, Lyon, Strasbourg) in Band III
  • Further cities tenders will use the learning of Paris, Nice, Lille and Marseille broadcast 
  • No analogue switch-off date has been determined as of yet

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 also apply to digital radio.

On 19 December 2018, the French regulator CSA announced that following the launches of DAB+ in Strasbourg and Lyon, 21.3% of the population of France was now covered by DAB+, therefore triggering the French receiver law requiring all new radio receivers to be equipped with DAB+ capabilities.

 

 

 

As of 19.12.2018, new receivers able to display multimedia content are to integrate DAB+ capabilities within three months [end of March], while all radio receivers have 12 months to include digital capabilities [end of December], aside from in-car receivers which have 18 months to comply with the law [end of June]

In December 2019, a proposal to amend the existing receiver legislation was submitted to the French government. According to the new proposed regulation available here:

  • All new car radios sold starting from 21st Dec 2020 should include digital radio capabilities
  • All new consumer receivers capable of displaying letters and numbers should include digital radio capabilities, starting from 21st Dec 2020
  • In France’s overseas territories that have yet to launch DAB+, the regulation will come into effect six months after the launch of regular DAB+ services The bill, which has been presented for debate by the government before parliament, can be amended by the parliament or the senate until it is adopted in early 2020.

Spectrum allocation

In March 2019, the CSA released the list of radio stations that have been granted a national DAB+ licence alongside the six Radio France national radio stations. These are the following:

·      Air Zen (SARL Air Zen Radio)
·      BFM Business (SAS Business FM) - NextRadio
·      BFM Radio (SAS Newco G) – NextRadio (NEW)
·      Chérie (SAS Chérie FM) - NRJ
·      Europe 1 (SAM Lagardère Active Broadcast)
·      Fun Radio (SA SERC) - RTL
·      Latina (SAS Latina France)
·      M Radio (SARL M Radio DAB)
·      Nostalgie (SAS Radio Nostalgie) - NRJ
·      NRJ (SAS NRJ) - NRJ
·      Radio Classique (SAS Radio Classique)
·      RFM (SAS RFM Entreprises) – Lagardère (Europe 1)
·      Rire et Chansons (SAS Rire et Chansons) - NRJ
·      RMC (SAM Radio Monte-Carlo) - NextRadio
·      RTL (SAS RTL France Radio) 
·      RTL 2 (SA SODERA)
·      Skyrock (SA Vortex)
·      Virgin Radio (SAS Europe 2 Entreprises) - Lagardère

 

Last update: 06.02.2019 - 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

Large retailers including FNAC and DARTY are informing consumers about the benefits of digital radio through their websites.

In a session hosted by WorldDAB at the European Radio Show in Paris in January 2019, over 50 regulators, independent and private broadcasters as well as other industry players from across the country came together to discuss the implications and requirements of digital radio marketing in France.

WorldDAB member focus - DIGIDIA
15.05.2020 - WorldDAB News - DIGIDIA WorldDAB Member - France France
In this series of interviews with WorldDAB members, Pascal Olivier explains how DIGIDIA has helped support the successful and rapid rollout of DAB+ services in France in recent years. With more than 350 digital radio systems deployed worldwide, including Saudi Arabia, Monaco, Uganda and Ukraine, DIGIDIA is one of the leading companies for digital radio transmission equipment.

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Pi-node radio launches Antivirus program
14.05.2020 - France France
French radio station Pi-node has launched a new program dedicated to broadcasting information on the Covid-19 pandemic. Based in Alsace, northeastern France, the station now broadcasts its increasingly popular Antivirus program from midday to midnight.

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DAB+ frequency allocations revealed for Nancy, Colmar, Haguenau, Metz, Reims and Troyes
08.05.2020 - France France
The French media regulator CSA has 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.

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Radio Pitchoun extends its DAB+ broadcasting area
04.05.2020 - France France
Radio Pitchoun, has announced the extension of its DAB+ broadcasts to cover the regions of Metz, Nancy, Reims, Troyes, Annemasse. The popular French radio station aimed at children was awarded five new frequencies on behalf of the French media regulator, CSA.

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CSA reveals DAB+ frequency allocations for Nancy
04.05.2020 - France France
The French regulator CSA has 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.

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CSA believes financial help for DAB+ launches is of essence
30.04.2020 - France France
Stressing the fact that the crisis related to the Coronavirus pandemic could result in losses of approximately one billion euros for the audiovisual industry in France, CSA president Roch-Olivier Maistre highlighted that the subsidising DAB+ launches for broadcasters, or provide financial assistance through a tax credit scheme, as requested by broadcasters would be a good idea.

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Radioline launches hybrid radio on Android Automotive OS with Panasonic
30.04.2020 - France France
Radioline unveils its hybrid radio application compatible with Android Automotive OS, a major turning point for the connected car industry - chosen by many OEMs, Radioline’s Hybrid radio app offers a seamless experience between DAB+/FM/HD Radio/IP stations and podcasts.

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France – DAB+ strategic for broadcast, despite drop in advertising revenues
23.04.2020 - France France
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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Commercial broadcasters in France call for government aid as revenues drop
22.04.2020 - France France
Commercial broadcasters in France are calling for help from the government as advertising revenues - their main source of income - are plummeting during the pandemic. It is estimated that these could drop by approximately 80% in April alone. Delaying the launch of national DAB+ services in France to 2021 is also a possiblity, as broadcasters try to cope with the financial effects of the pandemic.

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RFI starts DAB+ broadcasts in Marseille
20.04.2020 - France France
RFI, the popular bilingual radio station that broadcasts in both French and Arabic, is available in and around Marseille on DAB+. RFI is already available to listeners on DAB+ in Lille, Strasbourg and Lyon, with launches also planned in Bordeaux and Toulouse in the near future.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 65.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 25%
Services: 166 DAB+
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 25%
Total Sales (cumulative): 2,369,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 13%
Last update: 18.02.2020

Useful Links

ION 2009-258 of 5 March 2009 on audiovisual communication and the new public television service
Regulator (The Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA))
Deliberation No. 2013-31 of 16 October 2013 amending Resolution No. 2013-1 of 15 January 2013 relating to the fixing of rules for sharing the radio resource of digital terrestrial radio band III
Call for application for 15 regional multiplexes
Call for application for 2 multiplexes covering main roads
dabplus.fr