Cincinnati, OH (February 4, 2005)–Harris Corporation has announced completion–nearly two years ahead of schedule–of the $85 million first phase of a comprehensive program to upgrade and expand the nationwide broadcast infrastructure of S.N. Radiocomunicatii S.A., Romania’s state-owned broadcast organization. Modernization of Romania’s aging broadcast communications system marks a critical step forward for Romania and its population, bringing the country up to date with the solid-state analogue technology favored in Western Europe. Harris’ end-to-end radio and television solution also provides S.N. Radiocomunicatii S.A. with a clear path to the digital future.
Phase 1 of the three-phase project, which is providing 100 percent radio coverage throughout Romania, was completed in just 20 months instead of the anticipated four-and-one-half years. Harris accelerated the project by dedicating the additional engineering and technical resources needed to establish nationwide radio coverage before Romania’s election in November 2004. Harris supplied 28 low-power (10kW to 50kW) medium wave transmitters, eight high-power (200KW and 400KW) medium wave transmitters, and 106 FM radio transmitters for local coverage as well as longer distances of difficult terrain at sites throughout Romania. The range and diversity of transmitters was essential to ensure 100 percent nationwide radio broadcast coverage for Romania’s regional network and two national networks across urban areas and vast stretches of rural communities often divided by the Carpathian Mountains.
Gabriel Grecu, president of S.N. Radiocomunicatii, said, “The ability to transmit high-quality radio and television broadcast signals throughout the country is crucial. Our previous system employed Eastern technology and frequency standards that were of poor quality and frequently unreliable. Our nationwide reception is now excellent, and we’ve harmonized our radio frequency bands with Western standards. We’re even looking into digital audio broadcasting (DAB) for the Bucharest area.”
Harris Broadcast Communications Division