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Munich/Dubai ene. 16, 2018

Arabsat and Rohde & Schwarz establish revolutionary IP-based DTH platform at ONT Tunisia

Leading satellite service operator, Arabsat, has selected Rohde & Schwarz to build an advanced IP-based TV broadcast platform for Tunisian broadcaster, Office National de Télédiffusion (ONT). Working together, Arabsat and Rohde & Schwarz have created a DTH platform that meets all ONT’s TV and radio broadcast needs today as well as future-proofing the national broadcaster’s business expansion strategy.

Arabsat has selected Rohde & Schwarz to build an advanced IP-based TV broadcast platform for Tunisian broadcaster, Office National de Télédiffusion (ONT).
At the Cabsat booth in Dubai Hannes Strobel (right), Vice President Headend & Monitoring, and Wael Al Buti, COO of Arabsat, are proud of their IP-based DTH platform.

Following the announcement earlier this year of an agreement between Arabsat and ONT to launch a Tunisian broadcast platform on Arabsat Badr-4 at 26°E, Rohde & Schwarz has been selected to design, install and commission the TV broadcast platform, which became fully operational in October. Working closely with Arabsat, Rohde & Schwarz has installed its R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution ten standard definition (SD), two High Definition (HD) television channels and 24 radio stations.

All design, installation, commissioning and training requirements were provided by Rohde & Schwarz locally based team of specialist engineers. In addition, Turkey-based SVS has supplied the platform’s Satellite Earth Station.

This new DTH platform operation enables Tunisian and regional broadcasters to have a direct access from Tunis to the growing 26°E neighbourhood with a coverage encompassing MENA and Western Europe. Founded in 1976 by the 21 member-states of the Arab League, Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 40 years. Now one of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, it carries over 500 TV channels, 200 radio stations, pay-tv networks and wide variety of HD channels reaching tens of millions of homes in more than 80 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Europe — including an audience of over 170 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone tuned into Arabsat’s video “hotspot” at 26°E.

The R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution is fully IP-based, which creates significant efficiencies in terms of space and power saving. Importantly, its IP basis enables straightforward system function and capacity extensions to cater for future growth and new service provision as required by ONT and Arabsat in the future. Arabsat has developed a strategy that sees significant expansion of the DTH platform, bringing many new services to market in the near future.

The R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution can encode in MPEG2 and MPEG4 today and a future transition to HEVC and UHD-TV is possible with the addition of new software systems and minimal extra hardware.

An important element of Rohde& Schwarz’s contract with Arabsat covers the provision of professional services. Through its local team of engineers and product specialists, Rohde & Schwarz has provided factory acceptance testing and factory-based training as well as project management services. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz Middle East & Africa staff provided installation, onsite configuration and training of ONT engineers.

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