Egypt’s ENMA builds major DVB-T2 terrestrial transmission network

The Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA) has selected Rohde & Schwarz R&S THU9evo transmitters for a multi-million Dollar contract to support their DVB-T2 network.

Egypt’s ENMA builds major DVB-T2 terrestrial transmission network
Egypt’s ENMA builds major DVB-T2 terrestrial transmission network

After extensive evaluation of DVB-T2 transmitters from all leading vendors, Egypt’s ENMA has selected an advanced system solution from Rohde & Schwarz. To be installed at nine sites across the country to provide DVB-T2 coverage, the contract comes with strict timescales. All equipment will be installed and commissioned by mid-June 2019 so that DVB-T2 SD and HD broadcasts are on air before the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament.

Throughout the contract negotiations and the project, Rohde & Schwarz is working closely with its local partner, Egypt-based Integrated Communication Systems (ICS).

One of its most advanced large-scale DVB-T2 transmitter systems, the project sees R&S THU9evo 2KW UHF transmitters installed at nine sites across Egypt. The R&S THU9evo UHF high-power transmitter family is designed to minimize operating costs for terrestrial broadcasters whilst maintaining performance and reliability. With overall efficiency values of up to 40 per cent for COFDM and 43 per cent for ATSC, this product family represents the market-leading DVB-T2 transmitter solution.

An important consideration for ENMA was the measures that Rohde & Schwarz can employ to assure the Quality of Service (QoS) that the broadcaster can provide to its viewing audience. To this end, each transmitter site will employ R&S PRISMON base multiviewers, which are configured to monitor and analyze eight SD and one HD television channels. Also, the system will include five R&S ETL TV analyzers - a universal reference receiver which will be configured for DVB-T2 measurement together with power sensors.

In addition to transmitters, the project involves supply of UHF DVB-T2 antenna systems from Kathrein, RF feeders from RFS, combiner systems from Spinner and various auxiliary systems.

The project comes with a demanding 10-week delivery to Cairo timeline which is governed by the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled to take place from 21st June to 19th July. An important element of Rohde& Schwarz’s contract with ENMA covers the provision of professional services. Through its local team of engineers and product specialists, Rohde & Schwarz will provide factory acceptance testing as well as project management services. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz Middle East & Africa staff will provide local installation supervision, onsite configuration and commissioning.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. April 16, 2019.

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