Harris has successfully completed the first DVB-T2 digital terrestrial transmission trials in Thailand at Channel 5, the Royal Thai Army Radio and Television station, using itsMaxiva UAX air-cooled UHF transmitters.
Based in Bangkok, Channel 5 is a 24-hour TV station produced by the Royal Thai Army that is broadcast over the air and streamed live over the internet for the citizens of Thailand. The trial was managed and supported locally by Harris dealer Loxley.
“Channel 5 is now ready for stepping into the digital television domain,” said Col. Setsiri Trisaksri, chief of Technic.
“Channel 5 has set up a digital TV working group to study and prepare for DVB-T2, and we are currently testing the field strength to assess this alongside our technical requirements. The longstanding knowledge and expertise provided jointly by Loxley and Harris has helped with our understanding of the DVB-T2 standard and increased our staff awareness in preparation for its future use.”
The DVB-T2 standard delivers efficiencies of 30-50% in spectrum use compared with the DVB-T standard. Global broadcasters are showing strong interest in using DVB-T2 to gain significant transmission efficiency improvements, allowing for increased capabilities for high definition, mobile and multicast content while reducing costs.
Harris Maxiva transmitters are designed to help DVB-T2 and other digital broadcasters maximise transmission performance as they deploy country-wide digital transmission networks.
“Harris has been actively involved with a number of DVB-T2 trials around the world to help broadcasters implement the additional over-the-air capacity required for new services like 3D television and mobile applications,” said Jishun Mei, sales director, transmission products, Asia Pacific, Harris Broadcast Communications.
“With these trials in Thailand, Harris has successfully demonstrated to the Royal Thai Army Radio and Television that the proven technology of its Maxiva UAX transmitters will provide an efficient and effective analogue solution today while supporting an easy and cost-effective path to digital in the future.”