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March 15, 2010

Newtec Deploys DVB-S2 Multistream at Italian TV Broadcasting Company

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Newtec, a Belgium-based manufacturer of broadcast modulator equipment, announced the successful completion of the first deployment phase of its DVB-S2 Multistream solution for Telecom Italia (News - Alert) Media Broadcasting.
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This, in turn, will allow for the primary distribution of digital terrestrial TV in Italy.
As the first company in the market to fully implement DVB-S2 Multistream technology in its product range, Newtec (News - Alert) has said it has enabled the leading terrestrial television network operator in Italy to improve their network efficiency by reducing both operational costs or “OPEX (News - Alert)” and capital investments and “CAPEX.”
With over a million subscribers, TIMB first started broadcasting in the DVB-T format in 2005. The company required a solution that was Single Frequency Network-compliant, in order to reduce the number of terrestrial frequencies it used.
Newtec, together with its local Italian distributor Comteck Video Enterprise, addressed this challenge by enabling TIMB to use only one demodulator to receive four signals in each tower and reduce OPEX by increasing bandwidth efficiency over satellite.
Newtec’s solution at the same time is fully compliant to both SFN and DVB-S2 standards.
The Newtec equipment used in the new Multistream network is the AZ810 Stream Aggregator, along with the AZ110 Broadcast modulator both in the head-end and the HZ914 Multistream receiver in the transmitter towers across Italy, company officials said.
“During the analogue switch off activities, Newtec’s solution represents not only a faster and more cost efficient way to manage remote site connections but is also a great way to reduce costs in satellite transponder renting,” TIMB CTO Crescenzo Micheli said, adding that the Newtec system was extremely simple to deploy and offers excellent performance and stability.
These benefits which were critical for introducing an additional transport stream over existing satellite links, and preparing for a future rollout of high definition video services.
“Newtec has a long-standing commitment and a proven track record in Multistream with multiple deployments worldwide, and we were proud to work with our partners CVE to deliver this important solution to such a high profile client in Italy,” Newtec CEO Serge Van Herck said in a statement.
In January Newtec announced enhancements to its satellite broadband technology and said it will soon begin supplying its customers with new Ka-band-ready Sat3Play terminals and hub equipment, TMCnet reported.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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