Sydney, Australia (August 5, 2009)–Harris Corporation transmitters are at the core of the largest DAB+ digital radio service in the Southern Hemisphere, in Australia.
Installed and commissioned for Broadcast Australia pty Ltd by local Harris agent, The Bridge Networks (TBN), the DMB 670 transmitters form the infrastructure foundation for the provision of DAB+ service to Australia’s national broadcasters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).
DAB+ digital radio aims to provide interference-free reception, digital sound quality and a wide and varied choice of stations that broadcast both nationally and locally. Launched in early July, the new digital radio service in Australia has a countrywide reach encompassing five major cities–Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney–enabling over 60 percent of the nation’s population to receive DAB+ digital radio.
“Australia is pioneering DAB+ digital radio in the world, and Harris is delighted to share in this momentous event by supporting the build out of the country’s first digital radio broadcasting infrastructure,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “The success of digital audio services worldwide has fuelled the consumer demand for multimedia capabilities. Over time, the added functionality that DAB+ brings is set to considerably enhance the consumer experience by offering high-quality multichannel audio and rich media services, such as mobile video.”
The core of the digital operation is Broadcast Australia’s Network Operation Centre (NOC) in Sydney, which provides centralized monitoring and forward control of all the transmission sites. At its NOC, Broadcast Australia receives the encoded and multiplexed signal and provides broadcast transmission services for its customers. This hub allows Broadcast Australia to effectively manage the performance of the entire network, respond remotely to any issues and keep clients abreast of the live status of their broadcast.
“The customer had a unique requirement, and Harris actively collaborated with The Bridge Networks and Broadcast Australia to design new products to meet the customer’s needs,” said Chris Dredge, national sales manager at The Bridge Networks.