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.

DAB+ key focus at European Radio Show in Paris
04.02.2019 - France - France
Following major developments in the field of DAB+ in France in recent months, DAB+ was at the heart of the European Radio Show held in Paris at the end of January. This article highlights the important role DAB+ played at the show, as well as taking a closer look at the latest DAB+ updates in France, and what we can expect to see in the near future.
From WorldDAB:

116.000 DAB+ consumer receivers sold in France in 2018
04.02.2019 - France - France
According to the latest report released by GfK, 116.000 DAB+ receivers - excluding automotive receivers - were sold in France in 2018. This amounts to a 25.8% increase compared to 2017. 3.7 million consumer receivers were sold across the 11 countries covered by the GfK report.
From La Lettre Pro:

Consumer radios in France must have DAB+ by end of 2019
WorldDAB Members News - 30.01.2019 - Frontier Smart Technologies - France - France
In December 2018, the French regulator, the CSA, announced that over 20% of the French population was now covered by DAB+ digital radio broadcasts. This announcement triggered a law requiring, by the end of 2019, all new consumer radios to include DAB+. The law also applies to automotive receivers which have 18 months to comply.
From Frontier Smart Technologies:

DAB+ key focus at European Radio Show following major digital radio developments in France
30.01.2019 - France - France
Topics on the agenda included the benefits of DAB+ radio for broadcasters and consumers, the challenges and opportunities presented by in-car DAB+, hybrid radio, 5G and the significant progress that DAB+ has made in France over the last few months.
From Radio World:

DAB+ key topic of discussion at 2019 European Radio Show
WorldDAB Members News - 28.01.2019 - Radioplayer - France - France
Some of the topics brought to the table at the European Radio Show in Paris concerned DAB+ digital radio, which has now taken off in France, with two sessions entirely dedicated to it. A Volkswagen Touareg SUV equipped with a DAB+ Crooner Radio device was on display at the show.
From Radio World:

French broadcasters competing over national DAB+ licences
24.01.2019 - France - France
40 applications were submitted to the CSA in November 2018 following the regulator's call for tenders, with a total of 24 places due to be available for broadcasters across the two national multiplexes expected to launch in early 2020. The CSA is due to announce its decision on 20 February 2019.
From Les Echos:

Crooner Radio launches visual content on DAB+ receivers
WorldDAB Members News - 21.01.2019 - Pure - France - France
French broadcaster Crooner Radio has launched visual content on DAB+ receiver devices. The content - which includes information related to the song, artist and album that is being played, as well as weather forecasts and advertisements, amongst other things - is available in the cities of Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, Nice and Lille, with more expected to follow in coming months.
From Crooner.fr:

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.
From dabplus.fr:

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:

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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