France

Last update: 13-03-2019 - older versions

In 2014, DAB+ was officially launched for the first time in France, in the cities of Paris, Marseille and Nice. In June 2018, Lille became the fourth metropolitan area in France to have launched regular DAB+ services, and was subsequently followed by launches of DAB+ in Lyon and Strasbourg in December 2018.

On 19 December 2018, the French regulator CSA announced that following the launches of DAB+ in Strasbourg and Lyon, 21.3% of the population of France was now covered by DAB+, therefore triggering the French receiver law requiring all new radio receivers to be equipped with DAB+ capabilities.

As of 19.12.2018, new receivers able to display multimedia content are to integrate DAB+ capabilities within three months [end of March], while all radio receivers have 12 months to include digital capabilities [end of December], aside from in-car receivers which have 18 months to comply with the law [end of June].

In March 2019, the CSA released the list of radio stations that have been granted a national DAB+ licence alongside the six Radio France national radio stations. 

Last update: 13-03-2019 - older versions

As of December 2018, population coverage in France stands at 21.3%.

Following the launches in Strasbourg and Lyon in December 2018, DAB+ is expected to launch in over 15 cities in 2019, including Toulouse, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Pau, La Rochelle, Dijon, Besançon, Grenoble, Saint-Étienne, Annecy, Chambéry, Annemasse, Toulon, Avignon, Tours, Orléans and Poitiers.

DAB+ has hit the ground running in France and it is expected that by 2020, 70% of the French territory will be covered by DAB+. Calls for applications for the remaining 30 percent will also be launched in 2020, with launches planned for 2023.

Last update: 22-06-2018 - older versions

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There are six regular regional commercial multiplexes on air in Paris, four in Nice, four in Marseille and one in Lille. 46 stations are on air in Paris, 29 in Marseille, 30 in Nice and 51 in Hauts de France. 23 of the 46 DAB+ stations on air in Paris, 19 of the 30 DAB+ stations on air in Nice, 19 of the 29 DAB+ stations in Marseille and 24 of the DAB+ stations on air in Hauts-de-France are available exclusively via DAB+ digital radio (not on FM).

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 76 90 166

Last update: 06-02-2019 - older versions

As of H1 2018, the percentage of new cars equipped with DAB+ technology in France stands at approximately 20%. However, this figure is expected to grow significantly following the triggering of the French receiver law, which will require all automotive receivers in cars sold within 18 months of the law being triggered to include DAB+ capabilities.

Last update: 06-02-2019 - older versions

The availability of DAB and DAB+ receivers in France continues to grow with a range of devices now on the market, including kitchen radios, handheld and tuners. As more DAB+ services launch, with marketing campaigns to support them, sales are expected to grow significantly across the country over the next few years.

Cumulative DAB+ receiver sales (automotive included) up to H1 2018 accounted for 1,734,000 sales, although this number is expected to grow significantly given that the French receiver law recently triggered will require all new receivers – other than automotive – sold within 12 months to include DAB+ capabilities.

According to the report released by GFK in January 2019, 2018 saw a 25.8% increase in the number of consumer receivers sold with DAB+ in France compared to 2017. A total of 116.000 DAB+ consumer receivers were sold in France in 2018, excluding automotive receivers.

As of 19.12.2018 – New receivers able to display multimedia content are to integrate DAB+ capabilities within three months [end of March], while all radio receivers have 12 months to include digital capabilities [end of December], aside from in-car receivers which have 18 months to comply with the law [end of May].

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: 14-03-2019 - older versions

DAB+ was added to the French standards in August 2013

  • Band III
  • Commercial services for 6 cities (Paris, Nice, Marseille, Lille, Lyon, Strasbourg) in Band III
  • Further cities tenders will use the learning of Paris, Nice, Lille and Marseille broadcast 
  • No analogue switch-off date has been determined as of yet

Analogue and digital licences are both issued free of charge. There is a quota for French music and new artists and the current analogue rules which govern advertising and sponsorship will also apply to digital radio.

On 19 December 2018, the French regulator CSA announced that following the launches of DAB+ in Strasbourg and Lyon, 21.3% of the population of France was now covered by DAB+, therefore triggering the French receiver law requiring all new radio receivers to be equipped with DAB+ capabilities.

 

 

 

As of 19.12.2018, new receivers able to display multimedia content are to integrate DAB+ capabilities within three months [end of March], while all radio receivers have 12 months to include digital capabilities [end of December], aside from in-car receivers which have 18 months to comply with the law [end of June]

DAB+ is expected to launch in over 15 cities in throughout 2019 and 2020, including Toulouse, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Pau, La Rochelle, Dijon, Besançon, Grenoble, Saint-Étienne, Annecy, Chambéry, Annemasse, Toulon, Avignon, Tours, Orléans and Poitiers. Calls for applications for the remaining 30 percent will also be launched in 2020, with launches planned for 2023.

In March 2019, the CSA released the list of radio stations that have been granted a national DAB+ licence alongside the six Radio France national radio stations. These are the following:

·      Air Zen (SARL Air Zen Radio)
·      BFM Business (SAS Business FM) - NextRadio
·      BFM Radio (SAS Newco G) – NextRadio (NEW)
·      Chérie (SAS Chérie FM) - NRJ
·      Europe 1 (SAM Lagardère Active Broadcast)
·      Fun Radio (SA SERC) - RTL
·      Latina (SAS Latina France)
·      M Radio (SARL M Radio DAB)
·      Nostalgie (SAS Radio Nostalgie) - NRJ
·      NRJ (SAS NRJ) - NRJ
·      Radio Classique (SAS Radio Classique)
·      RFM (SAS RFM Entreprises) – Lagardère (Europe 1)
·      Rire et Chansons (SAS Rire et Chansons) - NRJ
·      RMC (SAM Radio Monte-Carlo) - NextRadio
·      RTL (SAS RTL France Radio) 
·      RTL 2 (SA SODERA)
·      Skyrock (SA Vortex)
·      Virgin Radio (SAS Europe 2 Entreprises) - Lagardère

 

Last update: 06-02-2019 - 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

Large retailers including FNAC and DARTY are informing consumers about the benefits of digital radio through their websites.

In a session hosted by WorldDAB at the European Radio Show in Paris in January 2019, over 50 regulators, independent and private broadcasters as well as other industry players from across the country came together to discuss the implications and requirements of digital radio marketing in France.

National DAB+ broadcasts in France to start in 2020
11.03.2019 - France - France
The radio stations that were granted a national DAB+ license by the French regulator CSA are set to start broadcasts in early 2020. All of Radio France's national stations have been granted a license, while RTL, RMC and Europe 1 were also selected by the CSA.
From Midi Libre:

All major French radio groups soon on DAB+
07.03.2019 - France - France
The CSA has announced the list of radio stations that have been given a DAB+ licence, with all major radio groups in France having been granted a licence to broadcast. With DAB+ population coverage in France now having reached 20%, receivers sold in France must now integrate DAB+ .
From Tele Cable Sat:

DAB+ in France - how, what, why?
06.03.2019 - France - France
This article published by Le Monde - the leading national publication in France - reports on the latest developments related to DAB+ taking place in France, highlighting the ways in which consumers in France will benefit from an improved listening experience.
From Le Monde:

French regulator CSA announces results for national call for tender
06.03.2019 - France - France
The Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) has announced the 18 radio groups that have been granted a national DAB+ broadcasting licence. These include all major commercial radio groups as well as a number of smaller independent radio stations.
From Le Figaro:

CSA to announce results for national call for tender
06.03.2019 - France - France
The Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) is set to announce the 18 radio groups that have been granted a national DAB+ broadcasting licence this week, as France continues its path towards the digitisation of radio.
From Les Echos:

French government confirms public broadcaster Radio France to launch nationally on DAB+
WorldDAB Members News - 06.03.2019 - Radio France - France - France
As announced by the French Minister of Culture Franck Riester, all six of Radio France's radio stations - France Inter, Franceinfo, France Culture, France Musique, Fip and Mouv’ - will be available on DAB+. According to the Minister, this will provide listeners with more content, as well as improving overall sound quality.
From La Lettre Pro:

France’s CSA Names DAB+ License Winners for National Coverage
06.03.2019 - France - France
France’s Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel has published the list of stations that have received a DAB+ license to begin broadcasting nationwide via digital terrestrial radio in 2020.
From Radio World:

All Radio France stations turn to DAB+
06.03.2019 - France - France
As announced by the French minister of culture Frank Riester, France Inter, Franceinfo, France Culture, France Musique, Fip and Mouv’ will all be available on DAB+. According to the minister, this will provide listeners with more content, as well as improving overall sound quality.
From Le Monde:

French government confirms public broadcaster Radio France to launch nationally on DAB+
WorldDAB Members News - 05.03.2019 - Radio France - France - France
As announced by the French Minister of Culture Franck Riester, all six of Radio France's radio stations - France Inter, Franceinfo, France Culture, France Musique, Fip and Mouv’ - will be available on DAB+. According to the Minister, this will provide listeners with more content, as well as improving overall sound quality.
From Radio France:

France halts DMB as DAB+ continues to grow
27.02.2019 - France - France
France has officially decided to remove DMB-R from its national legislation.The removal of DMB-R, a variant of DAB and DAB+, serves as yet another indication of the pan-European movement towards DAB+.
From Le Journal officiel de la République française:

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 63.0 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 21.3%
Services: 166 DAB+
Line-fit automotive sales (cumulative): 1,240,275 devices
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 20%
Total Sales (cumulative): 1,734,000 devices
Last update: 17.01.2019

Useful Links

ION 2009-258 of 5 March 2009 on audiovisual communication and the new public television service
Regulator (The Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA))
Deliberation No. 2013-31 of 16 October 2013 amending Resolution No. 2013-1 of 15 January 2013 relating to the fixing of rules for sharing the radio resource of digital terrestrial radio band III
Call for application for 15 regional multiplexes
Call for application for 2 multiplexes covering main roads
dabplus.fr