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Ivory Coast state broadcaster IDT is now broadcasting its first digital TV channels as part of the first phase of its nationwide transition to digital terrestrial television (DTT) transmission.

ivory coast flag 27 FebThe national operations centre in Abobo has been inaugurated and GatesAir has provided turnkey equipment and services for the initial seven transmitter sites, which cover Abidjan and the country’s next six largest cities. Together they will provide coverage of around 80% of the country, with 100% coverage expected by 2020.

Initially, IDT is broadcasting six free-to-air channels: Rti 1, Rti2, Nci, A+ Ivoire, 7Info and Lite TV.

The equipment contract for phase one includes 21 GatesAir Maxiva UAXTE air-cooled, high-efficiency UHF transmitters in redundant configurations to ensure a continuous on-air presence. Each of the seven sites includes three transmitters along with DVB-T2 headend equipment, antennas and towers, and can support three programming multiplexes - the one being used by the state broadcaster, and two for private broadcasters.

Each multiplex will deliver multiple channels of digital TV programming and rich data services.

“The digital transition is very important for the Ivorian population as it opens the television space more than ever before. These populations will now have the option to watch seven channels to start, whereas before there were only two channels available. This will change the viewing habits of Ivorians, and is a major step forward in the liberalisation of the audiovisual space,” said Bruno N’Doua, director of studies and development, Société Ivoirienne de Télédiffusion (IDT).

The Ivory Coast had worked with Harris, the former name for GatesAir, to distribute television programming over a 15 year period, he added.

“GatesAir will bring nearly 100 years of global over-the-air broadcast expertise to support Ivory Coast’s national DTV transition, and deliver exceptional picture quality with reliable service to the population,” said Bruce D Swail, CEO, GatesAir. “We will also ensure the lowest total cost of ownership to IDT through reduced energy consumption, streamlined maintenance, and local service and support.”

The Ivory Coast DVB-T2 network is GatesAir’s ninth DTT transition project in Africa, following contracts in Ethiopia , Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

GatesAir partners with African Union Communications for headend systems, and with regional partner STA, based in the Ivory Coast, for towers, antennas and transmission shelters.