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).

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 FG arrives on DAB+ in La Rochelle and Tours
30.06.2022 - France France
Radio FG has started broadcasting in the urban areas of La Rochelle and Tours on DAB+, the deployment of which in France is accelerating strongly. Radio FG is already broadcast in DAB+ in around thirty cities. In May 2022, Radio FG arrived on DAB+ in Orléans, Montargis, Blois, Poitiers, Châtellerault and Niort. In the second half of 2022, it will greatly extend its DAB+ broadcasting. Maison FG produces two other DAB+ radio stations in Paris and Île-de-France: FG Chic, focused on future disco and the French Touch, and Maxximum, devoted to musical discovery and new music. In summer 2022, Maison FG will launch a fourth station broadcast on DAB+ in Paris, Marseille and Nice: DanceOne, a dance, EDM and festive program.

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AMI la radio extends its DAB+ coverage to La Rochelle and Poitiers
28.06.2022 - France France
As part of its expansion, AMI la radio now broadcasts in the urban areas of Poitiers and La Rochelle, bringing to four the number of transmitters broadcasting the new service. For the AMI la radio team, “DAB+ is an essential project for the radio medium that we strongly support. We are impatiently awaiting other DAB+ frequencies so that listeners can discover AMI La Radio”. AMI is also broadcast on DAB+ in the Paris region and on the Côte d'Azur. It offers generalist programming for all ages. It is balanced, human, warm and rhythmic, it is the radio of dialogue, information, enrichment, relaxation at the service of everyone.

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Five things to know about digital terrestrial radio coming to Poitiers
27.06.2022 - France France
Tomorrow, or rather today in Poitiers, you now have DAB+. But how could this new technology change your life? We will explain everything. What's new? Specialists say that DAB+ is to radio what DTT is to television. "It's a digital revolution that offers better listening quality," says Wilfrid Tocqueville of the company Grand Ouest Mux. Digital terrestrial radio, commonly called DAB+, for the areas of Orléans, Blois, Montargis, Tours, Descartes, Châtellerault, Poitiers and Niort. In the car, DAB+ allows you to maintain quality listening continuity. “We can do Paris-Marseille without changing stations,” say the specialists.

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DAB+ arrives in Orléans, Tours, Poitiers and La Rochelle
27.06.2022 - France France
This week, four new cities are seeing the arrival of DAB+: digital terrestrial radio, in their areas. The inhabitants of Orléans , Tours and Poitiers, then those of La Rochelle, will be able to take advantage of the many benefits of this technology. Since May 18, 13 radios have been available in DAB+ in Tours and Poitiers and 11 radios in Orléans. On June 27, 2022, 13 additional radio stations started in these three cities. On June 28, 2022, 13 radios started in DAB+ in La Rochelle and on July 5, 2022, 13 additional radios will arrive in DAB+ in Charente-Maritime.

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Oüi FM, Swigg, Vibration and Forum extend their DAB+ coverage
24.06.2022 - France France
Digital terrestrial radio in DAB+ continues its deployment 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, and since yesterday, Vibration and Forum in Orléans, Montargis and Blois. For Jean-Eric Valli, Chairman of the 1981 Group: “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 associated data such as station information or song covers. Today, with this new region, a large part of the French population can access DAB+ radio, this is starting to matter, especially since all new radio sets, including car radios, already incorporate this technology”.

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Phare FM, lighting the way on DAB+
17.06.2022 - France France
Phare FM is a rare entity in radio — a flexible network of Christian radio stations that serves French speakers in three countries. It started as Radio Phare (“lighthouse”) in Mulhouse, Alsace, close to the borders with Germany and Switzerland, on the initiative of a group of Christians under Pastor Bruno Léonardi. With the arrival of DAB+ in France, Phare FM saw opportunities to expand its coverage and started digital broadcasting in 2013.

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Valocîme and towerCast sign partnership
13.06.2022 - towerCast WorldDAB Member - France France
Valocîme signs a partnership with towerCast which will enable Valocîme to offer a complete FM, DAB+ and DTT (TNT) broadcasting offer. With its greenfield and lowcost towerco model, Valocîme wants to offer "a more attractive hosting alternative" for Telecom operators and henceforth, for radio and television.

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Arcom review of 2021, DAB+ progress continues
13.06.2022 - France France
The CSA report was adopted by Arcom during its meeting on May 17th. This document, submitted each year to Parliament and the Government, constitutes a means of evaluating the action of the CSA and its legal environment. In 2021, despite the constraints linked to the health crisis, the Board has endeavoured to continue the deployment of DAB+ in a sustained manner. Planning work has been carried out for the preparation of the DAB+ call no. 9 provided for in the roadmap of the DAB+ calls 2022-2024, in particular for the areas of Fréjus, Lorient and Quimper.

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Arcom report: growth continues in DAB+ receiver ownership
09.06.2022 - France France
New data from Arcom shows continued growth in ownership of DAB+ receivers. The regulator's "Observatoire de l’équipement audiovisuel" report on audiovisual equipment in France includes data for radio for 2021. 15% of individuals have a home DAB+ radio (+2 points in one year), while 14% now have a DAB+ compatible car radio (+1 point since 2020). "The roll-out of DAB+ accelerated at the end of 2021. By the end of 2022, 50% of the French population will be covered by DAB+, which should contribute to increasing the penetration rate of equipment," said Arcom's Juliette Théry.

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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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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