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GatesAir Signs Two FM Deals in India

Sambhav Media and ENIL contracts include 45 transmitters with services to support new nationwide FM frequencies

GatesAir recently signed two FM radio contracts in India with private broadcasters Sambhav Media and ENIL.

Specifically, the deals involve Flexiva FAX air-cooled transmitters, auxiliary RF equipment and rigid transmission line for 30 stations, and include installation, commissioning and technical support services through in-country partner Horizon Broadcast Electronics.

The Sambhav Media project covers 13 FM radio stations (two 5 kW and 11 3 kW sites) that the broadcaster won following the FM Phase III auction for new private FM broadcast licenses. Each station will also receive a 1 kW backup transmitter, with all sites operating in fully redundant 1+1 configurations. Deliveries are now in progress, with seven stations on the air in the Gujarat region.

“After many discussions with different manufacturers in the premium market, we selected GatesAir transmitters because of their high efficiency, smaller footprint and, most important, the redundancy within their transmission systems,” said Jagdish Pavra, director of engineering, Sambhav Media. “We are now on the air at seven sites with GatesAir transmitters, and are very happy with their performance as well as the services GatesAir provides.”

The ENIL deal is made up of two purchases, including 14 stations won in the FM Phase II auction. Each will install one 5 kW transmitter. The second order includes two 10 kW transmitters and one 6 kW model across three additional stations.

Flexiva transmitters feature GatesAir’s PowerSmart 3D designs to reduce size, weight and power consumption. The firm says these three operational benefits were paramount to each broadcaster’s decision, in addition to the company’s visibility throughout India.

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Horizon will handle all post-installation support include spare parts delivery and on-site maintenance. 

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