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: 05.02.2021 - older versions

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.  

France Considering DAB + ?
12.12.2011 - France France
According to a report in Les Echos, the CSA, which regulates broadcasting in France, is poised to ask the Ministry of Industry to adopt Eureka-147 DAB as a new digital radio standard to be used alongside DMB-A. Although any DAB receiver adhering to ...

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CSA to push for DAB+ adoption in France - report
12.12.2011 - France France
French audiovisual regulator CSA will ask the ministry of industry to adopt DAB as a digital standard to complement T-DMB, chosen in 2008, Les Echos reports. France is one of the few European countries without digital radio services. ...

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Terrestrial digital radio comes from Marseille on November
18.11.2011 - France France
As expected,but not yet officially announced by the CSA, terrestrial digital radio finally arrived in Marseille and its surroundings from November 9, 2011. This is a job announcement posted on the site of a radio Avignon giving the information

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Radios looking for State funds to aid a digital switchover
02.11.2011 - France France
Independent radio stations selected for digital radio broadcasting in Paris, Marseille and Nice, asked the Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA), with support from the Union Interprofessional independent radio and television (SIRT), the creation of a fund State aid for digital switchover.

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VDL Demonstrates New and Updated Professional Digital Radio Products at IBC 2011
14.09.2011 - VDL - France France
VDL (Lyon, France) are demonstrating new and enhanced products for Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB & DAB+) and Digital Multimedia Broadcast (DMB) head-end and monitoring applications.

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RNT Lyon Live! Listen to digital radio live this weekend…
23.06.2011 - France France
Join the team of RNT Lyon and FG Radio DJs; Tristan Garner, Patrice Strike, Dee Lud & French Government for a day of live music, DJ sets and digital radio give-aways in Place de la République, Lyon.

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Kessler Report (English Version)
27.05.2011 - France France
Terrestrial Digital Radio (TDR) is a project which arouses an almost militant enthusiasm, particularly among leaders of certain associations, which is rather reminiscent of the enthusiasm about independent local radio or, on the other hand, serious scepticism. Ever since the idea has been around, there has been continuing debate. But instead of subsiding and allowing a consensus to emerge, this debate has revealed increasingly pronounced divisions and ever-growing tensions.

Digital radio demonstration launches in France
27.05.2011 - VDL - France France
Yesterday saw the launch of the digital radio project, RNT Lyon, in Lyon, France. At a press conference organised by the project leader, VDL, over 50 journalists joined the RNT Lyon partners to officially announce the launch of digital radio in Lyon. Radio listeners in the Lyon area can now tune in to 15 new stations on digital offering a variety of programme types.

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CSA approves digital radio demonstration in Lyon, France
28.04.2011 - VDL - France France
the French regulator CSQ, has approved the ‘RNT Lyon’ project - a consumer focused digital radio demonstration...

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VAD joins French VDL group
22.12.2010 - VDL - France France
Dresden-based VAD, well-known for test and monitoring equipment for digital broadcasting, moves into 2011 with new corporate name.

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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