Rohde & Schwarz delivers VHF transmitters to Germany’s second national DAB+ Multiplex
Rohde & Schwarz, a provider of TV & radio terrestrial transmission solutions, has supplied 71 R&S®TMV9 and R&S®THV9 VHF transmitters to Media Broadcast, the operator of Germany’s second national DAB+ network. Going live on October 5th, the transmitters provide all of the transmission infrastructure for Germany’s second national DAB+ multiplex. Media Broadcast operates the network on behalf of platform owner, Antenne Deutschland, and is responsible for the provisioning, installation and operation of the transmitters.
The new DAB+ multiplex comprises 71 radio transmitter stations, located within the main metropolitan areas, and also along Germany’s autobahn network. The second multiplex enables a further 16 private national radio channels to broadcast over the network, meaning that Germany’s national DAB+ networks comprises some 29 digital radio channels in total.
Going live last month, the new DAB+ network reaches 83 percent of Germany’s population – an audience of over 67 million people. Last year, the number of DAB+ receivers in Germany increased by more than 33 percent relative to the previous 12 months and the use of DAB+ as the distribution means for radio broadcasts increased by 26 percent. Furthermore, from the end of 2020, all new vehicles manufactured within the EU shall be equipped with radio systems designed to receive digital radio programs.
After evaluation of several manufacturers, Media Broadcast selected Rohde & Schwarz. The key issues in selecting Rohde & Schwarz were the technical capabilities of the transmitters combined with manufacturing and project management capabilities that Rohde & Schwarz possesses. With energy efficiencies approaching 50 percent, R&S transmitters minimize operational energy costs. At Rohde & Schwarz’s Teisnach manufacturing facility, the production and delivery of the 71 R&S transmitters of the power classes 750 W to 5200 W was completed by the end of July, allowing sufficient time for installation and commissioning of the transmitters.
“The deployed THV9 and TMV9 transmitters are technically field-proven products with the lowest failure rates on the market. Our transmitter series already equip the first national DAB+ multiplex and have been running without any problems for many years“ explained Manfred Reitmeier, Vice President Transmitters and Amplifier Systems at Rohde & Schwarz. “Also, the fact that we needed to manufacture and deliver more than 70 DAB+ transmitters in a very short time period was a tailor-made requirement for our team.”
“With our advanced manufacturing and quality assurance protocols, we could ensure the timely rollout of this project. So, for the second national DAB+ multiplex, it was a straightforward decision of both service providers to choose R&S and the TMV9 and THV9. Over many years, we have developed a great relationship with this customer, based on trust, and we value this project most highly”, concluded Manfred Reitmeier.