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).

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The Regulator (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

 

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.  

Digital Radio in Focus at Le Radio 2012
13.02.2012 - WorldDAB News - France France
Digital Radio was at the center of the “The Digital Radio Experience” workshop organized by WorldDMB and held during the Le Radio conference in Paris, Feb. 5–7. The workshop touched on issues such as cost, regulation, competition and revenue generation ...

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High interest in Digital Radio (Radio Numerique Terrestre RNT) at Le Radio 2012, Paris
09.02.2012 - WorldDAB News - France France
WorldDMB brought together commercial broadcasters and digital radio experts to share their experiences of going digital at a workshop ‘The Digital Radio Experience’ held during the French radio industry event Le Radio 2012 which took place in Paris, 5-7 February, 2012.

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Terrestrial digital radio: Nantes, a model
07.02.2012 - France France
A debate on the experience of Nantes terrestrial digital radio (DAB) has just been completed at the Communication Center West Tower, Brittany in Nantes.

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Digital Terrestrial Radio tests on the Loire Atlantique
07.02.2012 - France France
After Paris, Lyon and Marseille, the Loire Atlantique department becomes a test for the Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting

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Satmag response to Christopher Baldelli (RTL)
07.02.2012 - France France
Les Echos asked Christopher Baldelli, head of RTL Radio in France if he was still opposed to terrestrial digital radio.

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RNT: CSA wants to launch digital radio on preque throughout France before the end of 2012
07.02.2012 - France France
This Monday, February 6, 2012, Rachid Arhab was the guest of Le Radio. The CSA advisor, specializing in digital radio, announced that Eric Besson, the Minister for the digital economy had agreed in principle to an addition of the DAB + standard in the texts.

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Rachid Ahrab, in Le Figaro about terrestrial digital radio
06.02.2012 - France France
Digital radio is now on air in certain cities, receivers are already available: get ready for digital waves.

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RNT: The CSA calls on the government's adoption of DAB + digital radio for terrestrial
29.12.2011 - France France
According to Les Echos, the CSA has formally asked the government to adopt a new standard for terrestrial digital radio (DAB), DAB + ("Les Echos" of December 9, 2011). This standard would be in addition to that already existing T-DMB. This action will help to boost digital radio by placing the counters. The "old" selection will be canceled and a new call for applications will be launched soon.

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New digital radio stations as RNT Lyon project grows
21.12.2011 - VDL - France France
Announcement today, further 15 commercial stations would go on-air on the RNT, Lyon project in 2012

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RNT Lyon project grows
21.12.2011 - France France
[Lyon] It was announcement today, by the leader of the RNT Lyon project, VDL, that a further 15...

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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

Regulator (The Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA))
DAB+ services on air in France
Annuaire des radios Françaises en AM, FM et RNT
Call for application for 2 multiplexes covering main roads
DAB+ in France - interactive map
DAB+ regulation in France
dabplus.fr