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

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

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: 13.06.2022 - older versions

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

 

Last update: 05.02.2021 - 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

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.  

By mid-2022, 42% of the French population is covered by DAB+
08.06.2022 - France France
The Fête de la radio, which took place during the Paris Radio Show last week, was the occasion for great announcements in connection with DAB+. And, since the opening of new multiplexes in October 2021, 42% of the mainland population is now covered by this technology... In 2022 and 2023, 18 major cities will be covered by DAB+. The 2022-2024 roadmap already provides for the strengthening of the DAB+ coverage network in 50 new cities, starting with Laval and Valence, which will be the subject of a call for applications from 2022.

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Public and private radios will create an association for the promotion of DAB+
07.06.2022 - France France
The Bureau de la Radio (bringing together the major private national radio stations), SIRTI (union of independent radio stations) and Radio France will create an association dedicated to the promotion of digital radio (DAB+). On the model of maRadio.be in Belgium, the association "Ensemble pour le DAB+" will carry out communication actions financed by the member radios and will be supported up to 1 million euros by the Ministry of Culture, following the principle “1 euro spent for 1 euro public”. The statutes will be filed soon.

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Arcom at the Paris Radio Show
06.06.2022 - France France
Radio Festival 2022: on June 2 and 3, Arcom celebrated France's favourite media. The president of Arcom, Roch-Olivier Maistre, spoke at the opening of the Assises de la Radio. He said: "Since the opening of new multiplexes last October, 42% of the metropolitan population is now covered by DAB+. Three multiplexes started up very recently, on May 17, in the areas of Orléans, Poitiers and Tours. New cities will be covered before the end of the year, bringing DAB+ coverage to over 50% of the population. In order to enable all radio stations to take advantage of the advances made possible by DAB+, Arcom has encouraged the public authorities to strengthen support for radio stations, particularly associative [community] ones, in this new phase of deployment."

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TDF launches DAB+ trial from the Eiffel Tower
03.06.2022 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
On the occasion of the Fête de la Radio and the Paris Radio Show 2022, TDF is launching its trial DAB+ broadcasts from the Eiffel Tower. In March, TDF carried out a technical operation at the top of the Eiffel Tower to install a DAB+ antenna by helicopter. Designed by TDF experts, this new antenna dedicated to broadcasting digital terrestrial radio will provide optimal coverage for the 12 million inhabitants of the Ile-de-France region. TDF is also participating in accelerating the deployment of DAB+ digital radio in France by commissioning four new local or regional multiplexes in the areas of Poitiers, Orléans and, this summer, La Rochelle. Since the launch of DAB+ in 2014, TDF has deployed more than 60 broadcast transmitters and thus broadcasts around a hundred programs in DAB+ in major cities such as Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille, Nice, Toulon, Avignon and Annecy .

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Forum, OÜI FM , Swigg and Vibration extend to DAB+
01.06.2022 - France France
DAB+ continues to expand in all French regions. After Annecy, Annemasse, Chambéry, Grenoble and Saint-Étienne recently, this technology continues to be deployed and arrives in the Centre-Val de Loire region with Vibration and OÜI FM in Tours, OÜI FM in Orléans but also in Poitou-Charentes with Forum, OÜI FM and Swigg in Poitiers. For Jean-Éric Valli, Chairman of Groupe 1981: "I am happy to develop our offer in the Center Val de Loire and in Poitou-Charentes. DAB+ represents a real revolution in radio, with strong innovations, in particular the associated data like information on the program or the covers of the songs."

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DAB+ in France: Three new areas covered
01.06.2022 - France France
Three new DAB + multiplexes launched on 17 May, in the extended Orléans, extended Poitiers and extended Tours areas. These three launches will be followed by three others - local - in the same cities, on 27 June. In addition, between April 2021 and March 2022, more than 4 million DAB+ receivers were sold in 12 European countries according to GfK, including 444,000 in France, representing annual growth of + 48% in a sluggish market at -15%.

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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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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