France

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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

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)

http://www.csa.fr/Radio/Consultation-publique-prealable-a-l-appel-a-candidatures-RNT-a-Nantes-et-Rouen-et-etudes-d-impact-afferentes/Consultation-publique-prealable-a-l-appel-a-candidatures-RNT-a-Nantes-et-Rouen

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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.

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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

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.

DAB + rollout gaining significant ground in France
15.11.2018 - France - France
Following the successful rollout of DAB+ in Paris, Marseille and Nice in 2014, DAB+ is continuing to gain ground in France as both Lille and Lyon prepare to launch the technology at the start of December. These launches will result in 20% of French territory being covered by digital radio, and subsequently trigger a requirement for manufacturers to incorporate a DAB+ tuner into all their equipment sold in France.
From LCI:

Radio Maria increases investment in DAB +
12.11.2018 - France - France
International broadcasting service Radio Maria steps up investment to increase its DAB+ circulation in France. Present in 11 countries across Europe, Radio Maria already operates over 340 DAB+ multiplexes.
From dab.it:

Momentous month for DAB+ in France, with several national broadcasters set to join application round
05.11.2018 - France - France
The prolonged efforts of French regulator the CSA is set to realise several major broadcasters joining calls for applications during November. Radio Classique and Sud Radio have confirmed they will apply in a national round of calls to take place on 21 November, with the most awaited confirmation expected to be from RTL, which may in turn force Radio France to also join the call.
From Les Echos:

DAB+ training sessions to take place in Nantes
05.11.2018 - France - France
The SUN radio station in the French city of Nantes will hold two training sessions dedicated to DAB+, with the objective to help understand the stakes of terrestrial digital radio and to acquire the technical bases for the diffusion of a radio in DAB+. The sessions will take place on November 29 and 30 and on December 13 and 14 in Nantes.
From La Lettre Pro:

French digital radio makes up for delays
01.11.2018 - France - France
With up to ten years behind its European neighbours, France finally launches digital radio in full scale, passing a decisive course. By covering at the end of the year more than 20% of the French population, digital radio passes a threshold set by law, beyond which the manufacturers, manufacturers of auto-radios, radio-alarms and receivers all kinds will have to mobilise.
From LCI:

DAB+ continues to grow in France and the world
31.10.2018 - France - France
WorldDAB's latest market report reveals that by the end of the second quarter of 2018, more than 71 million DAB / DAB+ receivers were sold in Europe and Asia-Pacific, compared with 58 million in the second quarter of 2017.
From La Lettre Pro:

French station Radio Oxygène sets up DAB+ infrastructure in Nice
30.10.2018 - France - France
Since Monday, Radio Oxygène has its DAB+ broadcasting system in Nice, from the site of Mont Leuze. The local multiplex 6 had not renewed the contract with its broadcaster. To propose a new economic model, Radio Oxygène has applied for the broadcasting of the multiplex, in order to be part of the new dynamics of DAB+, led by Nicolas Curien within the CSA.
From La Lettre Pro:

French stations invited to apply to broadcast on new DAB+ multiplexes
22.10.2018 - France - France
The call for applications for two national multiplexes in France is underway, with as many as 26 new national radio stations. Regional Stations are invited to apply for 15 local areas by 7 November, while national stations have a deadline of 21 November.
From La Lettre Pro:

SIRTI calls on new French Minister of Culture to accelerate DAB+ deployment
16.10.2018 - France - France
The French union of independent radio stations SIRTI has welcomed the appointment of Franck Riester as Minister of Culture, and calls on him to continue recent efforts to accelerate DAB+ in the country.
From SIRTI:

French broadcaster NRJ says yes to DAB+
11.10.2018 - France - France
After filing for digital radio calls in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Arcachon, the NRJ group has confirmed its desire to embark on DAB+.
From La Lettre Pro:

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 63.0 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 19%
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: 30.10.2018

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