Deployment represents first end-to-end DVB-T2 implementation in a Gulf state
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 2/26/2014
Harris Broadcast, a market share leader of content management and network infrastructure solutions serving the global broadcast, communication service provider, government and enterprise markets, today announced that Kuwait TV, the country’s official state-run television station run by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information, has selected the company’s distribution and over-the-air transmission technology as part of the region’s first end-to-end DVB-T2 implementation. Kuwait TV has embarked on the transition from analog to digital transmission in a bid to attract more of the population to watch local television over the air.
“We are proud of this regional first — leading our customers in the Gulf state toward a digital broadcasting future that reinvigorates the medium,” said Mathias Eckert, vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Harris Broadcast. “Kuwait TV selected the Harris Broadcast solution as they wanted a single vendor they could trust, and together with our local dealer Gatelink Communications Company, we proposed a best-in-class solution that was simple and robust. The integrated Harris Broadcast technology enabled Kuwait TV to rapidly address the market demands for top-quality, high-definition channels from its viewers.”
The country will be covered using Harris Broadcast Maxiva™ ULX solid-state transmitters — ranging in power from 1 kW to 2 kW — in a single-frequency network configuration. The Maxiva ULX UHF liquid-cooled, solid-state transmitter provides today’s over-the-air multimedia broadcaster with one software-defined transmitter platform capable of multiple modulation schemes. Using a single-frequency network ensures the best use of the wireless spectrum available, thereby maximizing the number of high-definition television channels the national broadcaster can transmit.
Eckert continued, “DVB-T2 is a key component in rolling out high-quality, high-capacity over-the-air television in national markets like Kuwait. What we bring to the market is not only highly stable and power-efficient transmitters, but also a complete Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) solution using the Selenio™ media convergence platform as the encoder and multiplexer. The modular Selenio platform allows us to create a headend that is tailored precisely to the needs of the customer, then deliver a transport stream to any number of transmitters in an efficient single frequency network. We are sure that other broadcasters will follow Kuwait’s lead as they look to roll out high-quality, high-capacity DTT networks in the region.”
The network is fed from a single Selenio MCP3 platform at the headend. Fitted with 12 HD encoders and two multiplexers, the Selenio platform generates the DVB-T2 transport stream at the headend. This is fed to the three synchronized transmitters, providing a high-quality service to the whole country. Selenio MCP3 is a next-generation, modular solution that presents an all-new approach to networking and signal processing in this converging baseband/broadband arena. The industry’s first integrated media convergence platform, Selenio combines traditional baseband video and audio processing, compression and IP networking features — all in a single, space-saving 3RU frame. An intuitive, web-based GUI enables effortless configuration and effective troubleshooting for superior operational efficiency.