Harris, Bulgaria Ink USD 8 M Digital TV Transmission ContractBusiness | November 16, 2012, Friday // 10:00| views
NURTS operates over 700 transmitter sites across the country and is in the process of switching off analogue transmissions ahead of its planned digital switchover in September next year. Photo by Trud daily
Bulgarian TV transmission network operator NURTS has awarded Harris Corporation a nearly USD 8 M contract to transition the country to DVB-T over-the-air digital television (DTV), the international communications and information technology company said.
The project will spread services into more sparsely populated rural areas and represents the completion of Bulgaria's TV digitization strategy as the government moves toward an analog TV switch-off date in early 2013.
Harris, in cooperation with its Bulgarian dealer, New Tek, will supply 196 transmission sites with Maxiva™ UAX DVB-T air-cooled transmitters and low-power Maxiva UAX Compact Class gap filler systems with power ratings between 10W and 1kW.
"The delivery schedule for this project is extremely short — we must install the entire network before winter closes in, so that the network is fully operational by early 2013 when we plan to switch over to DVB-T digital terrestrial TV transmission," said Alexander Kirilov, CTO, NURTS Digital EAD. "
For Harris, this project represents the latest in a series of DVB-T and DVB-T2 digital migrations, which are the leading DTV standards in the central European region.
"NURTS Digital EAD's commitment to digital television represents one of the largest purchases of DVB-T technology in Europe by a single company," said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications.
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