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DAB+ : a structural choice for the radio industry

Launched in 2014 in Paris, Nice and Marseille, DAB+ is now seen as critical to contribute to the future of radio and to address the saturation of FM. It is a means to preserve diversity and plurality. As DAB+ is reaching a turning point, the regulator, Arcom, is launching in 2023 a consultation with the radio industry which will include the switchover from FM to DAB+ both in the metropolitan area and overseas. The economics of radio are a key element of the expected white paper, as well as the potential acceleration of the deployment.

Deployment of DAB+

On 12 October 2021, France launched two new national multiplexes broadcasting 26 DAB+ stations, including national services from Radio France, leading private broadcasters and four new national services. The new multiplexes are broadcast along the major motorway corridors of Paris-Lyon-Marseille. The 26 services include four new DAB+ only stations and 22 stations that are also broadcast in FM. Extension to more main roads and highly populated areas is planned for the end of 2023. These 26 radios are in addition to the hundreds of radio stations already available regionally and locally on DAB+

The CSA rollout plan, the so-called "nodes and arcs strategy" described in 2017, which also includes continued regional and local rollouts alongside the launch of national services, was updated in 2021. 

Arcom says that "In total, it is expected that 17 multiplexes, extended or local, will have started broadcasting during the summer of 2023. At the end of these start-ups, the coverage of the metropolitan population by DAB+ will exceed 50%."

French DAB+ Broadcast Networks Factsheet

A new factsheet on DAB+ digital radio in France has been produced for automotive manufacturers, as the country achieves over 50% DAB+ population coverage.

The factsheet from WorldDAB - the global industry forum for DAB digital radio - was produced as part of the work of its Automotive Working Group, in partnership with network operator TDF, and RadioDNS which promotes hybrid radio.   

France DAB+ Broadcast Networks

Receiver legislation

Older pieces of legislation in France related to DAB+ in cars have been superseded by the transposition in November 2020 of the EECC into French legislation.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. Domestic receivers, 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. Discussions are ongoing to make DAB+ mandatory in all receivers. 

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DAB+ digital terrestrial radio continues to roll out across France. With its arrival in towns such as Bayonne, Besançon, Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Metz, Nancy and Pau, this summer DAB+ passed the symbolic milestone of covering 50% of the French population. A trial has also been underway in Martinique since January. With the continued roll-out of national antennas between October 2023 and March 2024, more than 60% of the population will be covered by DAB+ by early 2024.

In December 2021, the French media regulator CSA, published an updated DAB+ roadmap highlighting DAB+ developments plans for the 2022-2024 period.

According to the new roadmap, calls for applications will be launched for 50 local allotments in that period of time – these primarily concerned the cities of Dijon, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Caen, Nancy, Paris, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Poitiers and Toulouse. An overseas trial has also been licensed in Martinique. 

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French DAB+ Broadcast Networks Factsheet

A new factsheet on DAB+ digital radio in France has been produced for automotive manufacturers, as the country achieves over 50% DAB+ population coverage.

The factsheet from WorldDAB - the global industry forum for DAB digital radio - was produced as part of the work of its Automotive Working Group, in partnership with network operator TDF, and RadioDNS which promotes hybrid radio.   

France DAB+ Broadcast Networks


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.

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 358 102 460

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).

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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


Last update: 05.02.2021 - older versions

The website was set up to summarise the deployment of DAB+ in France. It is paid by and for stakeholders of DAB+ in France.

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.  

DAB + has been on since Thursday in Franche-Comté
15.06.2023 - France France
It's on! DAB+, digital terrestrial radio, arrived in Franche-Comté on Thursday 15 June. In Besançon and the surrounding area of 87 communes, to start with, thanks to 13 radio stations, mainly associations, grouped together under the same pooling operator, managed by the directors of Villages FM and Radio Campus, Alain Bulle and Martial Greuillet. After five years of effort and occasional setbacks, the group has succeeded in setting up a collective antenna on the Montfaucon mast, ensuring that it reaches a catchment area of 451,420 potential listeners, or even more depending on the terrain. The aim is now to expand towards Pontarlier, Vesoul and Belfort-Montbéliard... A second operator, with wider aims, also broadcasts regionally, including France Bleu and RCF.

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towerCast announces the acquisition of RadioKing
14.06.2023 - towerCast WorldDAB Member - France France
towerCast, a service and infrastructure operator and France's second largest broadcaster, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire RadioKing, an innovative company specialising in online broadcasting solutions and services for digital radio. RadioKing has experienced spectacular growth since its creation in 2013, rapidly becoming a leader in the field of digital radio broadcasting. Its all-in-one platform enables radio stations and broadcasters to create, manage and distribute their audio content online simply and efficiently. Its acquisition by towerCast paves the way for new, more comprehensive solutions that offer greater benefits to the customers of both companies.

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Arcom celebrates the "Fête de la radio" on 15 and 16 June 2023
14.06.2023 - France France
Initiated in 2021 by Arcom, the third "Fête de la radio" will be held on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 June 2023. For two days, listeners and professionals alike will be celebrating this medium, which is listened to by almost 40 million people in France every day. Special broadcasts, open days at national and local stations, concerts, conferences, entertainment and games - there are plenty of events planned for the occasion all over France, both in mainland France and overseas.

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After Angers, Radio Orient comes to Saumur and Cholet
14.06.2023 - France France
Now present in Angers since 13 June, Radio Orient is also announcing its arrival on DAB+ in the towns of Saumur and Cholet in July. The station is continuing to expand and is adding new areas of coverage, ensuring continuity of reception of its programmes in major conurbations as well as on major roads. This new launch in Angers brings the number of areas operated by Radio Orient to more than 48 on DAB+ and 11 on FM. This makes Radio Orient one of the largest networks currently operating using this technology.

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Fête de la Radio approaches
12.06.2023 - France France
The third edition of the Fête de la Radio will take place on 15 and 16 June 2023, throughout France and French overseas departments and territories. For two days, radio stations and listeners will be able to celebrate this medium and discover all its facets, from broadcasting to reception, whether analogue or digital, live or recorded. This celebration will give listeners the opportunity to take part in open days, exhibitions, games, concerts and special on-air events, and to find out more about all the different ways of listening to radio. FM, DAB+, RadioPlayer, Streaming, Podcasts... on a car radio, a hi-fi system, connected speakers, a walkman, a mobile phone, at work, on the move or at home.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

Chair of Arcom visits Corsica: "applications in DAB+ in 2024."
09.06.2023 - France France
"Arcom is gradually extending DAB+ coverage. It plans to launch a call for DAB+ applications for Corsica in 2024," said Chair of Arcom, Roch-Olivier Maistre. Are any stations in Corsica going to switch to DAB, such as RCFM, Radio France's local station? "Radio France is very committed to DAB+ and the government has already made known its request for "pre-emption" in favour of RCFM. Generally speaking, the plan for the transition to DAB+ provides for public and private FM broadcasters who so request to benefit from the advantages of this new technology."

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Arcom publishes consultation ahead of DAB tender 10
08.06.2023 - France France
Arcom has published the "Public consultation and impact study prior to call for local DAB+ applications No. 10". The French regulator said: "In accordance with its roadmap, with a view to the launch of a call for DAB+ applications in nineteen areas, Arcom is launching a public consultation and impact study on the DAB+ areas of Agen, Angoulême, Blois, Bourges, Châteauroux, Chaumont, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Épinal, Forbach, Mont-de-Marsan, Nevers, Niort, Saintes, Vesoul and Vichy."

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Arcom spotlights digital radio at "Fête de la Radio"
01.06.2023 - France France
The "Fête de la Radio" is back for a third edition on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 June 2023. As in the first two editions, these two days will be an opportunity for radio stations and listeners alike to rally round this medium, which plays a key role in the daily lives of the French. This year DAB+ will be in the spotlight for Arcom, with the aim of raising awareness of all the advantages of digital radio. Following its deployment in cities such as Paris, Marseille, Tours and La Roche-sur-Yon, DAB+ will pass the symbolic milestone of covering 50% of the French population this summer. A trial is also underway in the French overseas territories.

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Replay News broadcasts on DAB+ on the Côte d'Azur
26.05.2023 - France France
Replay News, "France's 24/7 news radio station," is continuing its expansion by now offering its terrestrial broadcast on DAB+ in Monaco and several towns on the Côte d'Azur. This new initiative marks an important step in the development of Replay News, which has established itself since its creation in 2018 "as one of the strong players in the French radio landscape". With its slogan "La radio de l'info toutes les 5 minutes", Replay News, published by Public Santé, has become one of the most listened-to radio stations in France.

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Nantes: Sun hosts DAB+ training
11.05.2023 - France France
FRAP (Fédération des radios associatives en Pays de la Loire) is offering a two-day training course to understand the technical and strategic challenges of DAB+ on 15 and 16 June 2023 in Nantes. At the end of the course, trainees will be able to define a development strategy for their radio station using digital broadcasting tools. Pierre Boucard is the founder and director of SUN, an association radio station operating on six FM/DAB+ frequencies in the Pays de la Loire region. Pierre has spent the last twenty years developing DAB+ in France.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 65.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 54.8%
Services: 460 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: 13.09.2023

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