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Thomson signs DTT national network extension agreement

21 March 2013
Thomson signs DTT national network extension agreement

Thomson Broadcast has won a major contract with The Second Authority for Television and Radio, the public authority that regulates commercial broadcasts in Israel. Selecting Thomson Broadcast as a strategic partner in the extension of its nationwide DVB-T/DVB-T2 network, The Second Authority’s order for new infrastructure includes two new multiplexes on thirty sites including three single frequency areas. This major deal incorporates a three-year service agreement for the global transmission system. Sixty-three high- and medium-power transmitters from Thomson’s GreenPower range have been ordered together with installation and commissioning services, in a deal which follows on from the company’s earlier deployment of DVB-T multiplexes over thirty transmission and sixty-two repeater sites. “This important national infrastructure project is part of the second phase of Israel’s transition to digital, and includes the roll out of eighteen additional television and radio services and HDTV quality," said Mr. Tal Nissim, CTO. "Thomson Broadcast was the preferred partner in the first phase, and the success of that relationship led us to extend our association with the company. Thomson Broadcast provides complete reliability, low cost of ownership, and continuous innovation with customised technical expertise including containerised transmitters and dedicated local support.” Equipped with dualcast-ready digital exciters, the GreenPower range offers the ability to smoothly migrate from DVB-T to DVB-T2 and to easily offer additional HDTV content. Ranging from low- to high-power, the range covers all the power requirements of The Second Authority. As an extension project, Thomson will also deploy its user-friendly centralised Network Management System to control and monitor the overall transmission system from a single facility. “This multi-million-euro contract underlines the successful long-term relationship between Thomson Broadcast and The Second Authority, and the renewed confidence in the company following its acquisition by Arelis Group, a specialist of RF and Microwave solutions for defense and aerospace markets,” said Pascal Veillat, chairman, Arelis Group. The deal includes a new service level agreement providing The Second Authority with a high level of local services to keep its currently operating DTV transmission equipment running 24/7, 365 days a year.

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