Australian broadcasters conduct DVB-T2 trials in Sydney

Rohde & Schwarz provided the entire infrastructure for the DVB-T2 trials in Australia. 99 percent of Australians depend on terrestrial broadcast services. The DVB-T2 standard can deliver up to 4K TV.

DVB-T2 tests in Sydney
DVB-T2 tests in Sydney

Broadcast Australia, in cooperation with Free TV, ABC and SBS, conducted trials of next generation broadcast technology in the Sydney area. The trial assessed the performance of next generation DVB-T2 technologies, capable of delivering 4K TV.

Rohde & Schwarz supplied the entire infrastructure for the DVB-T2 trials, including an R&S TLU9 50 W transmitter, an R&S ETL TV analyser and an R&S BTC broadcast test centre.

The trial successfully assessed the performance of next generation DVB-T2 technologies in Australia. Every effort was made to ensure that the trial did not impact existing television services. DVB-T2 is being considered as a technology to replace the current DVB-T standard for television delivery in the medium term. When combined with new compression technologies, DVB-T2 will have the potential to allow 4K TV reception, which provides four times the picture quality of the current high definition standard.

DVB-T2 is essential for the distribution of broadcast content, especially for a country such as Australia, which is densely populated only on its coastline and has vast sparsely inhabited inland areas.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. August 23, 2018.