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Doordarshan selects Harris Broadcast to deploy DVB-T2 infrastructure

MUMBAI: Pubcaster Doordarshan has selected Harris Broadcast to deploy a new DVB-T2 transmission infrastructure across the country.

The first of two transmission contracts awarded to Harris Broadcast adds HD channels to digital multiplexes in four major metropolitan areas. Each facility will be served with a new 6kW Harris Broadcast Maxiva ULX DVB-T2 transmitter.

The second contract is for 19 Maxiva ULX transmitters, which will be used to roll out digital transmission to the regions of India.

In the first instance, these will carry standard definition channels in their multiplexes. But the flexibility of the transmitter and infrastructure design allows for an easy upgrade to HD when the time comes.

“This is not only a large-scale project for Doordarshan, but it is also one of the most high profile and important projects the broadcaster has undertaken,” said Harris Broadcast SVP Asia Joe Khodeir.

“Our DVB-T2 solution maximises spectrum capacity, allowing Doordarshan to roll out multiple channels serving different communities as well as offer multiple HD channels. For a project of this scope and significance, Doordarshan looked for a partner with a strong local service commitment and presence along with best-in-class technologies that delivered the lowest lifecycle costs.”

According to Khodeir, Harris Broadcast’s Maxiva ULX architecture’s power efficiency was a critical consideration for Doordarshan as energy consumption is a large part of the operating cost for the pubcaster.

The Maxiva ULX is a liquid-cooled, solid-state transmitter built on a modular architecture for maximum flexibility in inputs, transmission standards and power outputs.

By incorporating Harris Broadcast PowerSmart technology, Maxiva ULX uses the minimum energy for the radiated power, produces less heat and occupies the smallest footprint in the industry. Together, this provides simplified installation, easier maintenance and reduced total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the transmitter.