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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Older pieces of legislation in France related to DAB+ in cars have been superseded by the transposition in November 2020 of the EECC into French legislation.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.  

Gard: Alliance Plus, Lenga d'Òc and Aviva radios switch to DAB+ technology
07.03.2023 - France France
Until now, to receive Radio Alliance Plus in Nîmes, you had to go to FM or connect to the website. From now on, this Protestant cultural radio association, like its cousins Lenga d'Oc (Occitan culture) and Aviva (Jewish culture), is present on DAB+, while remaining on the FM band. If DAB+ was adopted late in France, it is already very present in many European countries and could in the future relegate FM to the dustbin. Norway has already stopped using the FM band. "We had to seize this opportunity," say Redouane Es-Sbanti and Bruno Cécillon. "If we don't jump on the train, we'll stay on the platform."

(Midi Libre) Read more

Support for FM / DAB+ dual broadcast
07.03.2023 - France France
On 16 February 2023, the Government issued a new decree amending the 2006 decree on the Fund to support local radio broadcasting (FSER). It introduces a new support for dual FM-DAB+ broadcasting. "The mechanism provides for the application of a coefficient for increasing the operating subsidy by 5%. The majority of eligible radio stations will receive a bonus of between €1,700 and €2,000, i.e. approximately one third of the costs of broadcasting on DAB+", the Confédération Nationale des Radios Associatives (CNRA) said.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

The death of Roland Faure, "a visionary thirty years ahead of his time"
03.03.2023 - Radio France WorldDAB Member - France France
The CEO of Radio France from 1986 to 1989, and co-creator of Europe's first all-news radio station in 1987, Faure contributed to the transformation of journalism in the 20th century. Interested in the idea of bringing new technologies to radio, he campaigned for digital terrestrial radio, chairing Club DAB from 1991 to 2002. He passed away on 25 February at the age of 96.

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DAB+: Radio FG arrives in Reims and Châlons-en-Champagne
03.03.2023 - France France
Radio FG has started broadcasting its programmes on DAB+ in Reims, Châlons-en-Champagne, Epernay, Charleville Mézières, and Vitry-le-François and will cover a large part of Champagne-Ardenne. The Château-Thierry broadcast will open in May. The deployment of DAB+ and its audience are accelerating rapidly in France and FG has supported the deployment of this new broadcasting method from the outset. Radio FG broadcasts its programmes in 32 cities on FM and DAB+.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

France Bleu's DAB+ campaign
02.03.2023 - France France
In the coming months, France Bleu's DAB+ broadcasting will be gradually extended to new stations in the network, including France Bleu Armorique, France Bleu Béarn, France Bleu Besançon, France Bleu Breiz Izel, France Bleu Limousin, France Bleu Lorraine Nord, France Bleu Pays Basque, France Bleu Pays d'Auvergne and France Bleu Sud Lorraine. Since 1 March 2023, France Bleu Champagne Ardenne has been available on DAB+ with 7 new transmitters for nearly 858,000 inhabitants. This new broadcasting of this network station allows France Bleu to be received in DAB+ digital radio by nearly 28 million inhabitants, i.e. 42.9% of the French metropolitan population.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

TDF launches DAB+ digital radio broadcasting in Champagne
01.03.2023 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
On Wednesday 1 March, TDF is launching the broadcasting of DAB+ digital radio at its transmission sites in Reims-ville (Marne), Troyes-Saint-André-les-Vergers (Aube), Sompuis (Marne) and Berru (Marne). These four TDF sites cover the Reims conurbation, the towns of Troyes and Vitry-le-François and, more widely, the A26 motorway for reception in cars. A fifth TDF broadcasting site will be brought into service by the summer to cover the town of Château-Thierry and the A4 motorway to Reims. The population in this area will eventually be able to receive thirteen radio stations in digital quality.

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DAB+: Radio Orient available in Nîmes and Perpignan
23.02.2023 - France France
From Thursday 23 February, Radio Orient programmes are now available in Nîmes and also in Perpignan on DAB+. These new launches bring the number of areas operated by Radio Orient to 39 on DAB+ and 11 on FM. This makes Radio Orient one of the largest networks currently broadcasting via digital radio. Other important new sectors will be launched during 2023.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

Radio FG on DAB+ in several southern cities
23.02.2023 - France France
Radio FG has started broadcasting its programme on DAB+ in Montpellier, Nîmes, Perpignan, Narbonne and Béziers, and will cover a large part of Languedoc-Roussillon. Maison FG publishes a radio bouquet of four stations on DAB+: FG DJ Radio, already present in 41 cities, FG CHIC, haute couture music in Paris and Monaco, Maxximum, the Paris Electronic Radio in Paris and DanceOne for a young audience with EDM programming in Paris, Marseille and Nice.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

Radio Ado and Oüi FM arrive on DAB+ in Montpellier
23.02.2023 - France France
Digital terrestrial radio (DAB+) continues to expand in French cities. After Caen and Le Havre at the beginning of February, listeners in Montpellier will be able to listen to digital terrestrial radio and discover Ado, "the mythical hip-hop and R&B radio station", as well as Oüi FM, "the only French rock radio station". "With DAB+, listening to the radio becomes easier and more enjoyable," explains the 1981 Group. "All the stations available around you simply appear as a list on the receiver's screen. To choose Ado or Oüi FM, simply select the name of the radio on a DAB+ compatible device."

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Le Figaro invests in transformation, including DAB+ radio station
20.02.2023 - France France
The momentum is strong. After a year of solid recovery in 2021, the Figaro group posted another good performance last year. "We had an excellent year in 2022, even better than 2021," says Marc Feuillée, its managing director. These results will enable the Figaro group, "solidly armed", to embark on an "ambitious" year 2023 and to support new projects. "The most visible investment will of course be in audiovisual development, with the launch of a terrestrial television channel in the Île-de-France region, Le Figaro TV, and a DAB radio station, Le Figaro Radio, which already has three local frequencies, in Île-de-France, Marseille and Nice," explains Feuillée.

(Le Figaro) 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