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March 23, 2010

Broadcast Modulator Report: Italy's TIMB Deploys Newtec DVB-S2 Multistream Solution

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

Newtec, a manufacturer of broadcast modulator equipment, announced that it will enable the primary distribution of digital terrestrial TV in Italy through its Multistream implementation.

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The company successfully completed the first deployment phase of DVB-S2 Multistream solution for Telecom Italia (News - Alert) Media Broadcasting “TIMB,” a terrestrial television network operator in Italy.

Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting, which currently has more than one million subscribers, started broadcasting in the DVB-T format in 2005. Initially, TV content was distributed to the transmission towers via satellite using DVB-S technology.

Consequently, TIMB was in need of a solution that was SFN (Single Frequency Network) compliant in order to reduce the number of terrestrial frequencies it used. It wanted to make its network much more efficient by reducing both operational costs (OPEX) and capital investment (CAPEX).

Newtec (News - Alert), along with Comteck Video Enterprise, a local Italian distributor, was able to meet the challenges set by TIMB with its DVB-S2 Multistream solution. The Belgium-based company said it is the first company to implement DVB-S2 Multistream technology in its product range.

According to Newtec, its DVB-S2 Multistream solution that is fully compliant to both SFN and DVB-S2 standards facilitated TIMB to limit CAPEX by utilizing only one demodulator to receive four signals in each tower and reduce OPEX (News - Alert) by increasing bandwidth efficiency over satellite.

Crescenzo Micheli, CTO, TIMB, said, “The Newtec system was extremely simple to deploy and offers excellent performance and stability – benefits which were critical to our introduction of an additional transport stream over existing satellite links, and in preparation for a future rollout of high definition video services.”

The Newtec equipment that was utilized 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, said officials with Newtec.

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

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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