Working with Helsinki-based Digita, owner and operator of Finland’s nationwide terrestrial network for TV and radio transmission services, Rohde & Schwarz has supplied more than 80 UHF HD transmitters.
The network of transmitters was installed and commissioned by Digita’s services team. The first phase became operational January 1, 2020, enabling Digita to expand their pay-TV UHF terrestrial network to up to 90% coverage. In addition, Digita reports significant enhancements in power efficiency and redundancy concepts throughout the new HD TV network.
Timescales have been short throughout this project: there was just two months between Digita placing the order and delivery of the first transmitters. Network installation took six months to complete even though several logistical challenges were presented to Digita’s engineers, mainly associated with the country’s rugged landscape.
In addition to the DVB-T2 upgrade, Rohde & Schwarz and Digita have initiated a 5G Broadcast trial in the Greater Helsinki region. The pilot utilises the same transmitter sites and the first phase of this pioneering project will be completed this summer.