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.  

RADIO 6 arrives in Amiens and Saint-Quentin on DAB+
06.12.2022 - France France
Since 10am 6 December, RADIO 6 has been broadcasting in DAB+ digital radio throughout the Hauts-de-France region. Three new DAB+ transmitters were put into operation today: Amiens, Abbeville and Saint-Quentin. Thank you all for your loyalty, nearly 90,000 of you choose RADIO 6 every day. From now on RADIO 6 is broadcast throughout Picardy! In addition to the Baie de Somme and the Abbeville region, where more and more of you are listening to us, you can now listen to RADIO 6 thanks to DAB+ in Amiens and Saint Quentin. RADIO 6 already broadcasts on DAB+ in Calais, Boulogne, Lille and Dunkirk.

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SUN Junior is back on DAB+ in Nantes
01.12.2022 - France France
SUN's youth radio is now available on DAB+ in the Nantes metropolitan area until 1 January. This media created for and by young people takes advantage of the end of year period to gather 5-11 year olds and their families around a festive programme, directly from their radio.

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In Caen, Station B is now broadcasting on DAB+
24.11.2022 - France France
A new adventure for the Studio B production team: its volunteers have just created a new radio station. No more FM: Station B, the name of this new channel, has chosen to jump on the DAB+ digital terrestrial radio bandwagon. This means better broadcast quality and free access without the need for an internet connection. At present, Station B broadcasts from the Venoix neighbourhood centre in Caen (Calvados).

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DAB+ expands in Pays de la Loire
08.11.2022 - France France
French pop music station Vibration and rock station OÜI FM switched on DAB+ signals in the cities of Angers and Mans in the country’s northwest Pays de la Loire region on Nov. 7. The switch on is part of the continued rollout of DAB+ in the country. Listeners in the two cities can now access the respective stations by selecting their names on a DAB+-compatible device. Vibration and OÜI FM are owned by Groupe 1981. Jean-Éric Valli, president of Groupe 1981, says, “I am pleased to develop our offer in the Pays de la Loire region. DAB+ represents an essential step in making radio listening easier for listeners. Its deployment revolutionises the radio medium, with strong innovations, in particular associated data such as programme information or song covers. With DAB+, we are writing a new page in radio.”

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OÜI FM and Vibration arrive in Pays de la Loire
04.11.2022 - France France
Digital terrestrial radio (DAB+) continues to expand throughout the French regions. After Orléans, Poitiers, Tours and La Rochelle, DAB+ is continuing its deployment and will arrive in the Pays de la Loire region from 7 November with Vibration in Angers and OÜI FM in Le Mans. The radio offer is expanding and is accessible in better quality.

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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."

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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).

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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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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