Winnersh, UK (November 18, 2013)—Harris Broadcast and Broadcast Partners have completed the Netherlands’ transition to all digital radio, deploying the nationwide digital audio broadcasting plus (DAB+) solution in three months.
The project included more than 30 Harris Broadcast Maxiva VAX transmitters with web-enabled IP-based control and monitoring from the head-end to the transmission stage. The Harris Broadcast Maxiva VAX is a VHF Band III transmitter for DAB and DAB+ radio, and is also used in analog and digital television applications.
With the government mandate to move to complete national digital radio coverage by 2017, commercial broadcasters saw business advantages in accelerating their program, appointing Broadcast Partners to design, build and run the digital network. Working with Harris Broadcast, the broadcasters were able to meet their targeted date to have the complete network up and running.
Broadcast Partners elected to deliver all content from the head-end to the transmitters over IP. The design of the Maxiva VAX transmitter allowed it to be fitted with an integral IP/EDI input card, which is unique to the Harris Broadcast solution. This allows transport of the audio program via high speed internet instead of traditional cable.