Harris reported a very large transmitter order from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information, or MOCI.
The job is part of ongoing modernization of Saudi TV and Radio’s transmitter infrastructure, and includes both radio and TV products.
The Saudi MOCI chose 21 AM radio transmitters, including 3DX digital solid-state transmitters; 40 FM radio transmitters, including the ZX range of low-power transmitters; and 36 TV transmitters, including Atlas digital solid-state air-cooled transmitters, Harris stated.
“These transmitters have been deployed across multiple Saudi TV and Radio facilities to allow for the broadcast of audio and TV programs terrestrially throughout the kingdom,” Harris reported. “The new TV transmitters are an especially critical element of Saudi TV and Radio’s program to upgrade its television infrastructure to digital. Four DVB-T transmission sites have already gone live this year with Harris transmitters.”
Dr. Riyadh Najm is deputy minister of engineering affairs for MOCI. Harris systems integrator First Gulf Company is the contractor.
The Ministry of Culture and Information is owner of the official Saudi TV and Radio Network. It has four TV channels and four radio channels. To cover the country terrestrially, the ministry has about 20 medium-wave transmission stations and some 130 TV and FM transmission stations of varying power levels.