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Papua New Guinea’s Digicel is set to grow its digital TV service by 48 channels, after ordering compression headend technology from MediaKind, formerly known as Ericsson Media Solutions.

KEN YAP MediaKindThe extension brings Digicel’s coverage to 92 channels broadcast over satellite direct-to-home (DTH) and DVB-T2 networks.

MediaKind will deploy two of its AVP 4000 encoder systems and modulation to feed two new satellite transponders. The first expansion for the DVB-T2 VHF terrestrial transmitters is at Burn’s Peak site in Port Moresby, and will be integrated by Techtel. MediaKind will provide a three-year headend support as part of the deal, managed from Sydney in Australia.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance the services we offer to our customers in Papua New Guinea. This extension is helping us to deliver a wider range of high-quality content to our viewers. We have been working alongside MediaKind for many years and trust its ability to deliver the highest quality content with leading technologies and support,” said Alan Constant, CTO, Digicel Media Ventures.

The AVP 4000 system encoders handle MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC, with a smooth upgrade path to 4K UHDTV.

Ken Yap (pictured), SVP North East Asia sales, MediaKind said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Digicel and support them to drive digital TV’s growth in Papua New Guinea. Consumers are constantly seeking access to new, immersive content. For Digicel this expansion opens up the potential for new monetisation opportunities and additional high-quality services for viewers across the region. The extended deal is testament to the reliability of our industry-leading compression technology and solutions, which are continually evolving to meet new broadcast challenges”.