Rohde & Schwarz Wins Tender to Implement the First Phase of Public Digital TV in Colombia

The national television company RTVC (Radio Televisión Nacional de Colombia) awarded the first phase of public digital terrestrial TV system implementation to the consortium formed by the Spanish and Colombian Rohde & Schwarz subsidiaries.

Andrés Betancourt, General Manager of Rohde & Schwarz Colombia, confirmed to PRODU Magazine that the consortium "Unión Temporal RSCO - RSES - TDT" has been awarded the RTVC contract for the procurement, installation and turnkey startup of DVB-T2 transmission systems for broadcast sites in Bello, Calatrava, Cerro Kennedy, Cruz Verde, Itagüí, La Azalea, La Popa, Lebrija, Los Nogales, Manjui, Padre Amaya, Pasajero and Tres Cruces.

"Today we signed the contract and met to launch the project. This is a major task, since we need to have everthing ready, installed and tested by March 31, 2014" stated Betancourt.

The contract consists of 30 R&S®THU9 transmitters with Doherty technology (18 x 2 kW transmitters and 12 x 5 kW transmitters), antennas systems, backup systems and backup power supplies, as well as related construction work, towers, installation, coverage tests and measurements.

Starting in the second quarter of 2014, the public TV broadcaster Señal Colombia, Señal Institucional, Telantioquia, Telecafé, Telecaribe, Telepacífico and TRO plan to broadcast digital TV. The startup of primary network stations in major cities, including Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bucaramanga, Cucuta, Pereira and surrounding areas, is expected to provide coverage to 51.8% of the Colombian population.

Betancourt: We are very pleased that Colombia has given us this opportunity.

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