German technology company Rohde & Schwarz provided the infrastructure for the recent DVB-T2 trial in Australia.
The trial conducted in cooperation with Free TV, ABC and SBS in the Sydney area assessed the performance of next-generation DVB-T2 technologies in Australia.
Rohde & Schwarz supplied transmitters, retransmitters and test equipment for the testing phase including an R&S TLU9 50 W transmitter, an R&S ETL TV analyser and an R&S BTC broadcast test centre.
Every effort was made to ensure that the trial did not impact existing television services, according to the company.
DVB-T2 is being considered as a technology to replace the current DVB-T standard for television delivery in the medium term. When combined with new compression technologies, DVB-T2 will have the potential to allow 4K TV reception.
“Terrestrial free-to-air television delivers its service to 99% of the population, and over 20 million Australians tune in every week,” said Peter Lambourne, CEO of Broadcast Australia. “This trial has been an important part of ensuring that when the time is right, the terrestrial television platform will be ready for the next stage of its evolution and can deliver the best possible viewing experience.”