France

Last update: 03.02.2022 - older versions

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.  

DiBcom, Business Unit of Parrot, Launches Octopus2s, the Digital TV & Radio ...
04.09.2012 - Faurecia Clarion Electronics WorldDAB Member - France France
DiBcom, a business unit of Parrot, is pleased to announce a new circuit dedicated to head units, leading to a new stage of Mobile TV and Digital Radio integration into Automobiles.

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JVC introduces new DAB car stereo
14.07.2012 - JVCKENWOOD Corporation WorldDAB Member - France France
With this unit, those of you who regularly cross the border into Germany, Belgium or Switzerland can enjoy radio stations using the standard DAB - Digital Audio Broadcasting - for broadcast in digital quality.

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DAB comes in force from JVC
11.07.2012 - JVCKENWOOD Corporation WorldDAB Member - France France
In its new line 2012, JVC offers many car radios with integrated DAB tuner for digital radio. It must be said that the DAB works very well in Germany and England, unlike France.

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Challenges for French DAB
05.07.2012 - France France
Radio World New government will not preempt digital radio frequencies for Radio France.

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The government buries terrestrial digital radio
02.07.2012 - France France
Reportedly, the government is about to make a trade-reaching consequences for the recovery of terrestrial digital radio (DAB). Its has decided not to preempt frequency for Radio France in calls for applications for the cities of Paris, Marseille and Nice, which have been boosted by the Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA).

(Les Echos ) Read more


Les Echos revealed that groups and NRJ NextradioTV sent an official letter to the CSA to signify that they waive their frequencies on the digital terrestrial radio on the cities of Paris, Marseille and Nice.
24.06.2012 - France France
As "coincidence", these two groups did not obtain additional frequencies on the RNT in spectrum allocation in 2009. Such a withdrawal could be followed by Lagardère and RTL, the other two major groups opposed to terrestrial digital radio. So good or good news? The RNT can it be launched without the major networks? Of course! And it is even, we believe, a very good thing because it will free up a couple of places for other radios.

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RNT: The SNRL believes digital radio but is still looking business model
16.06.2012 - France France
Emmanuel Boutterin, estimated that terrestrial digital radio must be because you have to upgrade the media radio. This is experiment and find an economic model that allows the modernization of the radio and to the benefit of listeners. The IP model promoted by some, including the large business groups, a model is technically outdated.

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178 Prospects for French DAB
14.06.2012 - France France
The call for tenders that was relaunched in April by the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel for terrestrial digital radio (DAB) in Paris, Marseille and Nice attracted 178 candidates.

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Digital radio: Mediamobile passes the defense
12.06.2012 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
The subsidiary of TDF is one of two contenders for the deployment of DAB L-band The dossier submitted to the office of the CSA proposes an economic model without subscription.

Terrestrial digital radio: 178 nominations
07.06.2012 - France France
The number of applications is increasing. 178 cases were presented as part of the call for tenders launched by the CSA for terrestrial digital radio (DAB) in areas of Paris, Marseille and Nice. This is despite the renunciation of some radio groups. Permits should be launched before the end of 2012, for a launch in the first half of 2013 emissions.

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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