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.  

The group TRACE candidate for digital radio
07.06.2012 - France France
The media group TRACE has filed with the CSA's application for obtaining broadcasting licenses in Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting (DAB) to Marseille, Nice and Paris.

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Projects abound with the relaunch of digital radio
05.06.2012 - France France
Despite opposition from large private networks, will DAB reproduce an effect similar to the explosion of the FM band in the early 1980s?

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Radio Public Health is a candidate to the Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting
05.06.2012 - France France
Convinced of the future of digital radio (DAB) Radio Public Health confirms its decision to commit fully to this mode of broadcast and announced that it has applied to broadcast in Paris, Marseilles and Nice. Radio Public Health is in high demand with more than 1.6 million listeners in May 2012.

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MFM Radio - The station is reaffirming its commitment to the development of digital radio
01.06.2012 - France France
While major private national groups have renounced to apply for frequency allocation on the RNT, MFM Radio reiterated on Friday June 1, his " total commitment to the development of NTR on French territory . " The station said to have filed dossiers for Marseille, Nice and Paris.

Digital radio applications from freelancers, while large groups renounce
31.05.2012 - France France
Lagardère, NextRadioTV, NRJ and RTL declined to become candidates for frequency allocation of digital terrestrial radio (DAB), while independent radio stations have filed applications to the High Audiovisual Council. In a statement the four groups who met at the Bureau of Radio,stated that they are convinced that the future of digital radio will be via IP networks,

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Euronews candidate for terrestrial digital radio
31.05.2012 - France France
Here is an application that will delight the Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA). The international news channel Euronews has decided to become a candidate for a frequency of terrestrial digital radio (DAB) for the cities of Paris, Marseille and Nice. Relaunched in April by the CSA, the call for nominations ends today. Euronews, which broadcasts now in eleven languages is looking to find a natural extension to its original activity - television.

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France's Political Change Likely to Benefit Digital Radio
19.05.2012 - France France
Ayrault was the deputy mayor of Nantes, where some digital radio testing occurred, and has even asked that the DAB+ standard be put in place of the originally chosen standard, T-DMB

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Jean-Marc Ayrault: a defender of terrestrial digital radio DAB
16.05.2012 - France France
Jean-Marc Ayrault is our new Prime Minister. To all supporters of terrestrial digital radio, it seems like good news. Jean-Marc Ayrault is the deputy mayor of Nantes, one of the cities tested this new method of radio broadcasting.

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Terrestrial digital radio (DAB): calendar of upcoming calls for proposals (June 2012-April 2013)
10.05.2012 - France France
The Higher Audiovisual Council takes another step in the deployment of terrestrial digital radio (DAB): he decided to launch a series of digital radio calls, installments from June 2012 to April 2013, in 20 new areas. Le premier appel portera sur les zones de Mulhouse et Strasbourg. The first call will focus on areas of Mulhouse and Strasbourg.

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Community broadcasters praise “courageous” regulator
07.05.2012 - France France
After media regulator CSA moved forward on licensing T-DMB radio channels in 20 cities the government stepped in a cordially demanded a halt to the process until after the French presidential election. Big legacy private sector radio operators are ...

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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