Harris Broadcast, Broadcast Partners Complete Netherlands Digital Transition
Nov 12, 2013 8:56 AM, By Doug Irwin, CPBE DRB
Winnersh, UK - Nov 7, 2013 - http://harrisbroadcast.com">Harris Broadcast and Broadcast Partners have completed the Netherlands' transition to all-digital radio. Harris Broadcast and Broadcast Partners deployed the nationwide digital audio broadcasting plus (DAB+) system in three months, which included more than 30 Harris Broadcast Maxiva VAX transmitters with IP-based control and monitoring from the head-end to the transmission stage.
Commercial broadcasters in the Netherlands appointed Broadcast Partners to design, build and run the digital network. Working with Harris Broadcast, the broadcasters were able to meet their targeted date to have the complete network up and running. The Netherlands government is mandating the move to complete national digital radio coverage by 2017.
For maximum flexibility and resilience, Broadcast Partners elected to deliver all content from the head-end to the transmitters over IP. The innovative and flexible design of the Maxiva VAX transmitter allowed it to be fitted with an integral IP/EDI input card, which is unique to the Harris Broadcast solution. This allows transport of the audio program via high-speed Internet instead of traditional cable.
The Harris Broadcast Maxiva VAX is a VHF Band III transmitter for DAB and DAB+ radio, and is also used in analog and digital television applications, with PowerSmart solid-state architecture that delivers high power density and operational efficiency. VAX transmitters also include Harris Broadcast Apex M2X software-definable exciters, enabling broadcasters and network operators to easily support analog to digital transitions.
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