Dielectric will provide antennas in the Philippines to CNN, Far East Broadcasting Company and more

Dielectric Antenna in the Philippines

90 Degrees North, partner at Philippines of Dielectric, has won several UHF TV and FM broadcast antenna deals in the country. A religious radio station run by Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), low-power FM antennas for state-run Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS), and a TUM panel UHF DTV antenna for CNN Philippines (CNN PH) are between the projects. For the latter, Dielectric has purchased a new 30 kW TUM panel UHF DTV antenna that will be installed in July, which also is suitable for multiplexing channel, allowing CNN PH the possibility of leasing its spare bandwith to other broadcasters. The station is now transitioning from its analog VHF operation to the ISDB-T DTV broadcast standard, an operation that initially only affects to their Mega Manila operation.

John Achilles Denna, CEO/COO of 90 Degrees North, talks about the CNN’s operation: “The number one driver behind this DTV transition is to deliver a cleaner signal over the air while mitigating poor reception issues. Going DTV will help them manage their signal quality better and avoid signal interference from neighboring broadcasters, which will increase viewership throughout the Mega Manila market. Dielectric’s unrivaled engineering and antenna reliability will ensure a smooth transition operationally.”

Dielectric will also build and ship 15 DCR-T Series FM radio antennas during the next six-month for the FEBC and PBS projects, although the majority will be for the national radio network to replace aging devices. The DCR-T is aimed at low-to-medium power FM radio stations ranging from 1 to 5kW.

Far East Broadcasting has already received a circularly polarized DCRM-FE Series FM antenna. This 6-bay technology replaces a 8-bay half-space antenna.

Cory Edwards, global sales for Dielectric, talks about the expansion of the company in the Philippines: “The Filipino market poses tremendous growth opportunities for antennas, as TV broadcasters are just beginning their DTV transitions, which is slated for completion by 2023. Many Filipino TV broadcasters are also migrating to the UHF band and delivering a DTV signal that boost picture quality and reception across their markets”.

The FM antennas will be a great line of business for Dielectric: “Many Filipino radio broadcasters are replacing FM antennas that have been damaged by the region’s numerous typhoons,” said Denna. “Our marketing efforts are also timely because many of these broadcasters are also upgrading to IBOC-compliant FM radio antennas to attain greater power output, operational efficiency and flexibility.”

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