Norkring Selects Harris Transmitters for Transition to DAB
Norwegian broadcast network operator Norkring has chosen Harris transmitters to support the
country’s analog-to-digital radio broadcast transition.
According to the multimillion dollar Digital
Audio Broadcasting (DAB) digital radio contract, Harris will supply hundreds of
broadcast transmitters to Norkring over the next three years, supporting the
world’s largest DAB digital radio network to date.
Norkring will manage the first two deployment phases, based exclusively
on Harris Platinum VAX VHF
transmitters said the company. Harris will deliver transmitters ranging from 50
W to 5 kW, with the Harris’ PowerSmart transmitter architecture significantly
reducing energy consumption.
“This project is on a scale never seen before. We must ensure that by
Jan. 1, 2015, almost all of our population is connected to the DAB digital
radio network,” said Torbjørn Ø. Teigenfrom, CEO of Norkring. “Harris provides
a wide range of transmitter models covering all our requirements within the
same product family, with customized setup to reduce installation time and provide
a smaller footprint.”
Norway intends to cease FM radio broadcasts in 2017, becoming the first
country to plan a complete switch-off of all analog FM services. After this
date, the country will use DAB for all audio transmissions, including disaster
and emergency services.
Upon completion of phase three, approximately 1,000 radio broadcast
transmitters and a similar number of road tunnel transmitters will have been
installed across Norway. The network extends over more than 1,500 miles from Lindesnes in the south to the North Cape in the north of Norway.