RFS provides turnkey digital switchover (DSO) solutions for Rai Way in Italy, plays a key role in DSO projects worldwide
Date: Mon, 09/12/2011 - 17:33
At IBC 2011, Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), the global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist, announced that it is providing complete antenna systems as well as installation and commissioning services to Rai Way in Italy to support the company’s DSO initiatives across the country
Rai Way operates and manages the transmission and broadcast network for Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), Italy’s state-owned public service broadcaster and the country’s largest television company.
RFS has been partnering with Rai Way on DSO projects since 2009, supplying, installing and commissioning the UHF antenna systems, patch panels and air feeders needed for digital broadcasting. To date, RFS has provided temporary and main antenna systems at 14 sites across the country with work on 2 more sites still underway. In conjunction with the DSO work, RFS is also providing Rai Way with complete FM, VHF and UHF antenna systems to support site upgrades.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with RAI Way and with the Italian tower and pole manufacturer and installation company, Calzavara, on this important DSO project in Italy,” says Pascal Dussiau, Vice President Marketing and Sales EMEA at RFS. “RFS was a new partner for Rai Way when we were selected for this project and we are honored to have the opportunity to help Rai Way upgrade its sites and move into the digital broadcasting era. Based on the success of this project, we are now working with Rai Way to qualify our newest and most innovative UHF antenna system for use in its broadcast network.”
The Rai Way project is yet another example of RFS’ leading role in DSO projects worldwide:
• In the UK, RFS’ involvement in DSO projects dates back to 2006 when the company was part of a team that supplied and installed the new main and standby antenna arrays for the Selkirk transmission site, the first UK site to be upgraded as part of the national DSO program.
• In Poland, RFS is delivering complete antenna systems for eight stations for one of Poland’s most important broadcasters.
• In Japan, RFS is supplying 5 ½-inch HELIFLEX® cables and rigid transmission lines to support digital broadcasting from the new Tokyo Sky Tree. The 634 meter (2,080 ft) broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, is one of the tallest in the world.
• In Argentina, RFS is supplying more than 50 percent of the antenna systems for the country’s DSO rollout projects, delivering customized solutions at transmission and broadcast sites across Argentina. When the first phase of the project is complete, RFS will have delivered antenna systems for 75 sites, including 23 sites that use antennas with elliptical polarization technology for better mobile TV reception. RFS’ HELIFLEX cables are also being used in the Argentinean DSO projects.