Turkish Radio Television Corporation goes digital

Turkey's public television broadcaster has chosen a Harris solution for the second phase of its launch into Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 14, 2003

Turkish Radio Television Corporation (TRT), Turkey's public television broadcaster, has chosen Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division for the second phase of TRT's launch into Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).

Harris will provide headend products for two audio programmes, data insertion, IP insertion and one 100W Harris DAB 665 transmitter. These products will be installed in Istanbul and will be set up for future single-frequency network (SFN) operations.

"By selecting Harris' IP datacasting solution (D-IPTUS), TRT is ready to develop new services based on IP, one of the more powerful and attractive multimedia features of DAB," says Alain Untersee, director of product management and marketing, Harris Rennes. "We are very pleased that TRT again chose Harris to provide its second system. Our ability to deliver and support end-to-end solutions, including headend and transmitter equipment, was a key factor in TRT's decision."

As part of the first phase of the pilot project launched in March 2002, Harris installed a number of DAB headend products (two audio programmes and data insertion) and one 250 W Harris DAB 665 transmitter at Ankara in Band III. The Ankara transmitter location was chosen for the first installation due to its close proximity to the Turkish capital and headquarters of TRT, its high population coverage (two million), and its geographical location on the intersection of three major Turkish transportation routes.

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