For Nautel, a Big Digital Win in India
Participants in India’s digital radio project call it the world’s largest
digital radio deployment, and now Nautel said it has won an order for six 300 kW
medium-wave transmitters from public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, part of
the organization’s upgrade of its All India Radio facilities to DRM30 digital
Involved in the deployment with Nautel are
its local partner Comcon, dummy load manufacturer Altronic and matching systems
supplier Kintronic Labs.
“All India Radio (AIR) serves
99% of the people in India via their analog broadcasting service, covering a
broad range of languages and dialects through the country,” Nautel stated. “They
now plan to add the final percentage point to their coverage and convert all
signals to digital in the process.”
It said the digital transition
will allow the broadcaster to use platforms like mobile, SMS, webcasting and
podcasting, and offer a news channel and other programming. “Additional
services such as Interactive Text Transmission and disaster warning are also
In the announcement, Nautel’s Hal Kneller, regional
sales manager for Europe and Africa, stated, “Not only will listeners hear high-quality sound on AM
broadcasts, they will also enjoy many of the multimedia features that DRM has
to offer.” He is a member of the DRM Consortium executive and steering boards. Nautel also stated that this purchase brings total
deployment of NX Series transmitters to over 14 megawatts, which it says makes
it “the most successful medium-wave product line” ever.
All India Radio has been part of
Prasar Bharati since the latter was
established in 1997.
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