Last update: 23-11-2018 - older versions

On 21 November 2018 the CSA confirmed that following the call for national DAB+ licences, the four largest private radio station groups have applied for licences - NRJ Group, AlticeFrance (RMC, BFM), M6 and Lagardère Active. This represents a historic shift in the rollout of DAB+ digital radio in France.

The website was set up to summarise the deployment of DAB+ in France. It is paid by and for stakeholders of DAB+ in France.

The CSA announced in December 2017 a new strategy to accelerate the deployment of DAB+. Following consultation, the CSA decided to revise the modalities and the schedule of calls for candidacy to allocate frequencies of radio diffusion in DAB+. Three major calls for applications are now planned: the first two, in July 2018 and at the latest in July 2019, will each focus on "fifteen zones centered on agglomerations of more than 175,000 inhabitants" and with a small number of local areas. The third call was announched in July 2018 and concerns frequencies at the national level. The less populated areas will be covered in a second phase after 2020.

National Coverage

The French broadcast regulator the Conseil Superieur de l’audiovisuel has launched a call for DAB+ applications at the national level for the first time, with the initial focus on developing services in the metropolitan regions of Brittany and Corsica and its surrounding highways. The tender is aimed at only national radio stations, and requires 90% of the motorway network to be covered within eight years, as well as 80% of Brittany, and 80% of Corsica’s territorial routes and 75% of its metropolitan population. The final date for submissions is 21 November 2018.

Following Paris, Nice and Marseille, Lille started to broadcast DAB+ in 2018, Lyon and Strasbourg to follow, including services from Radio France (FIP and Mouv’) and RFI (Radio France International). Coverage proposals for Rouen, Toulouse and Nantes have been presented by the regulator and applications from the radio editors have been received.

CSA calls to continue a modern DAB+ deployment strategy and easier access to frequencies in France

The Conseil superieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) is recommending to help radio stations deploy new DAB+ services across the territory, and to harmonise the radio frequencies authorisation procedure to enable future DAB+ approvals. These were included in a new document released on Tuesday September 11th 2018 by the regulator calling for an overhaul of audiovisual regulations in France.

Digital radio launched in Paris, Nice and Marseille in 2014. Across the three cities over 100 services are on air - all but one are on DAB+.

Useful documents:

Public consultation prior to the call for Applications NTS No. 3 and impact studies (pdf)

Last update: 02-10-2018 - older versions

The network operator (TDF) produced comprehensive coverage plans in 2009 ready for the start of national and regional services. One of the benefits of digital radio to French listeners, as pointed out by the CSA, is that it will allow greater coverage and more stations in many areas. This is important to the CSA who have a remit to provide the best possible service including coverage to the widest possible audience.

Combining the Marseille, Nice and Paris commercial services, nearly 20% of the population have access to a digital radio service. The CSA has the responsibility to take notice when the 20% threshold is achieved; this 20% population coverage would trigger the mandatory inclusion of digital radio in all receivers sold in France after a period which varies depending on the type of receiver. By 2020, 70% of the French population will be able to receive DAB+ digital radio.

Last update: 22-06-2018 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

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: 17-02-2017 - older versions

The automotive after sale manufacturers are also proposing a wider range of DAB+ car radio. Pioneer, Clarion, Alpine or Kenwood, among others, are all offering solutions in France.

In France, DAB radio is available in 33% of new cars – primarily as an option.


Last update: 17-10-2018 - older versions

In France, DAB+ digital radio sales growth reached 26% year on year (Jul16-Jun17 to Jul17-Jun18) or 100ku. 8% of individuals in France have access to at least one DAB+ digital radio (Source: CSA/Mediamétrie).

Digital radio receivers capable of receiving DAB and DAB+ audio are available in the market through some of the major retailers (FNAC, DARTY, Boulanger, Auchan,) or online.

The digital radio receiver brands Pure, REVO, Tivoli, Dual, Bose, Philips, Roberts and Sony are available to the French consumer.

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: 02-10-2018 - older versions

Key features of regulation for digital radio in France are:

DAB+ was added to the French standards in August 2013

  • Band III
  • Commercial services for 4 cities (Paris, Nice and Marseilles) in Band III
  • Further cities tenders will use the learning of Paris, Nice, Lille and Marseille broadcast 
  • No analogue switch-off date

The legal framework for digital radio was introduced gradually: the Act of 30 September 1986 as amended by the Act of Law of 9 July 2004 set the main legal elements of RNT (calls for applications, digital recovery of authorized services FM: Article 29-1 of the 1986 Act). It was supplemented by the laws of March 5, 2007 and March 5, 2009. 

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.

The selection of the candidates for the first application for Paris, Nice and Marseille were selected by the CSA on 25 September 2012. The French Law on digital radio released in March 2009 has been revised so that when 20% of the French population is covered by a digital radio signal, digital radio demodulator will become mandatory in all devices including radios. Similar to the first draft of the law there is a 12 month grace period after which all products containing radio must be digital with the exception of cars. The car industry has an 18 month grace period after 20% coverage is reached. These changes were made to the law by the French Senate on 17 May 2011.

Currently there is a lack of FM spectrum which means the French radio market has no opportunity to expand. The French market in line with GE-06 has allocated Band III for digital radio. 

Last update: 02-10-2018 - 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

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

New DAB+ regulations for in-car radios in Europe
21.01.2019 - France - France
Policy makers, broadcasters and car makers gathered at the Brussels Motor Show to raise awareness of the EECC directive requiring all new car radios to be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio within two years. The directive entered into force on 20 December 2018, and EU Member States have two years from this date to transpose the code into national legislation.

French radio market goes digital
16.01.2019 - France - France
With the launch of DAB+ services in Lyon and Strasbourg in December 2018, 21.3% of the French population is now covered by digital radio broadcasts. This figure (over 20%) triggers a law which will require all new radios sold in France to include DAB+. Consumer radios will need to be digital within 12 months; and automotive radios will need to comply within 18 months.
From WorldDAB:

Radio in France headed towards a digital future
10.01.2019 - France - France
2018 was an important year for digital radio in France. This article gives an overview of the major developments that took place in France in recent months, including the launches of DAB+ in Strasbourg and Lyon, and the CSA’s triggering of the French receiver law that will lay the foundation for a digital future for radio in France.
From WorldDAB:

European Radio Show to be broadcast live on DAB+
10.01.2019 - France - France
The European Radio Show will be broadcast live from Paris on a number of platforms including DAB+, Youtube and social media. The program will air from 10.00-18.00 on Thursday 24th, 10.00-17.00 on Friday 25th and 10.00-15.00 on Saturday 26th January.
From La Lettre Pro :

WorldDAB's Jean-Marc Dubreuil to present at annual Indés Radios meeting
09.01.2019 - France - France
WorldDAB's Jean-Marc Dubreuil will deliver a presentation highlighting the benefits and challenges presented by DAB+ at the annual event held by the economic interest grouping. The event will be taking place at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris on Thursday 24 January.
From La Lettre Pro:

French radio groups prudently moving towards DAB+
07.01.2019 - France - France
Traditionally cautious about this type of significant change, French radio groups are this time collectively embracing the move towards DAB+ digital radio, with larger broadcasters looking to cover more territory, and smaller broadcasters hoping to increase their number of listeners and advertising revenue figures.
From Challenges:

Over fourty new radio stations available in DAB+ in the French regions of Alsace and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
07.01.2019 - France - France
According to the CSA, following the launches of the regional multiplexes in the regions of Strasbourg and Lyon, the number of new radio stations set to broadcast in DAB+ in the regions of Alsace and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in coming months is respectively 43 and 46.
From Digitalni Radio:

SIRTI publishes practical guide for DAB+
28.12.2018 - France - France
As DAB+ continues to grow in France, French independent radio union SIRTI has published a practical guide on DAB+ aimed at the general public. The guide includes practical information on the nature of DAB+ as well as specific details on its rollout in France over the next few years.
From SIRTi:

Capsao radio to be available across France via DAB+
21.12.2018 - France - France
Broadcasting on the FM band in and around Lyon for over 10 years, Capsao radio is looking to take advantage of the rollout of DAB+ and expand further across France. Already available on DAB+ in Paris, Lille, Lens and now Strasbourg and Lyon, the station is expected to be available in a number of additional cities as the rollout of DAB+ continues to expand in France.
From La Lettre Pro:

Paneda and towerCast sign agreement for DAB in France
WorldDAB Members News - 20.12.2018 - Paneda - France - France
The network operator towerCast and Paneda have signed an agreement for DAB head end systems, which will see Paneda provide DAB multiplexer systems to towerCast over the next years. Additionally, towerCast has ordered 2 complete systems for upcoming multiplexers in the Lyon area.

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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