The network of transmitters was installed and commissioned by Digita’s professional services team. The first phase became operational 1st January this year, enabling Digita to expand their Pay-TV UHF terrestrial networks up to 90 per cent coverage. In addition, Digita reports significant enhancements in power efficiency and redundancy concepts throughout the new HD TV network.
Timescales have been short throughout this project: there was just two months between Digita placing the order and delivery of the first transmitters. Network installation took six months to complete even though several logistical challenges were presented to Digita’s engineers, mainly associated with the country’s rugged landscape. Rohde & Schwarz has supplied a network comprising R&S THU9evo liquid-cooled UHF transmitters, R&S TMU9evo air-cooled UHF transmitters and TLU9 Low-power UHF transmitters and GapFiller systems.
In addition to the DVB-T2 upgrade, Rohde & Schwarz and Digita have initiated a 5G Broadcast pilot in the Greater Helsinki region. The pilot utilizes the same transmitter sites and the first phase of this pioneering project will be completed this summer.