DAB +: the discreet digital revolution of radio

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Radio is going through a silent revolution, a real evolution of which the general public has not yet taken the full measure: radio digital terrestrial, or DAB (for Digital Audio Broadcasting).

Unlike digital terrestrial television (TNT) which had brought new free television channels with better quality and had benefited from a major communication campaign, DAB – which has improved to 2007 to become DAB + – has remained unrecognized.

However, DAB + has continued to develop since its launch in France in 616. But its adoption remains very slow, in particular because new radios are needed to be able to receive it. In July 2007, a study showed that only 8% of French households were equipped with stations capable of receiving DAB +. To accelerate the adoption of the new standard, all receivers sold since 20 December 2018 must be able to receive DAB +, and from 20 December 2020, in accordance with the new European electronic communications code, all new vehicles must be equipped.

Listening comfort in the car or at home

«Today ‘hui, digital radio is already a reality for 30% of the metropolitan population and DAB + receivers are present in all new private vehicles sold in France, ”explains Roch-Olivier Maistre, president of the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA), which this week launched a new stage. On 12 October, 25 national radios (19 private radios and 6 public radios, FIP, France Culture, France Info, France Inter, France Musique, Mouv ‘) were launched in DAB + in Paris, Lyon and Marseille and in the main agglomerations of this axis.

“These radios can be listened to without interruption throughout this road trip. In the coming weeks and months, there will be 98 radios available on DAB + which will cover so close to 30% of the population. Its deployment will continue and intensify in the coming months ”, continues the president of the CSA, specifying that 25 new agglomerations will welcome digital terrestrial radio within a year.

La carte du déploiement
The deployment map CSA

For listeners, DAB + provides real listening comfort with digital sound, without breath and without noise. No need to search for the right frequency, just click on the name of the radio station, the radio screen also providing information such as the musical title, the program, the host, etc.

From here 2022, 50% of the population in metropolitan France will be able to receive DAB + which does not know the limitations of the FM band and therefore allows more stations.

Philippe Rioux

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