DAB+ 50% of the population covered.
Digital terrestrial radio, DAB+, continues to roll out across France.
The number of radios available on DAB+ recently doubled in Angers, Limoges and Rennes. With its arrival in cities such as Bayonne, Besançon, Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Metz, Nancy and Pau, DAB+ passed the symbolic milestone of covering 50% of the French population this summer. A trial has also been underway in Martinique since January.
Arcom would like to underline the commitment of radio stations and all stakeholders who have mobilized in recent years to bring the digital radio project to life, in the interests of both listeners and our audiovisual landscape.
With the continued rollout of national antennas between October 2023 and March 2024, more than 60% of the population will be covered by DAB+ by early 2024.
A national communication campaign will soon be launched to raise awareness of the benefits of digital radio among the general public.
Deployment, particularly of the metropolitan multiplexes, will continue from October with more than 300 new transmitters, which will enable digital terrestrial radio to serve more than 60% of the metropolitan population by March 2024, according to Arcom.
The UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, for their part, have reached or exceeded 95% population coverage.