GatesAir has won a contract with NOVA Entertainment in Australia to upgrade six FM radio transmission sites on the continent.
As per the agreement, the company will supply 16 Flexiva FAX air-cooled FM transmitters with in-country partner RaeAir conducting all site evaluations, installation, commissioning and post-sales services.
Specifically, GatesAir will deliver 12 10-kW and four 20-kW models with redundant transmitter configurations and integrated IP-based control and monitoring across the network.
NOVA Entertainment moved into the FM domain in 2001 when it established Nova 96.9 in Sydney. The media house subsequently launched stations in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
GatesAir explains that the broadcaster will first upgrade these five metropolitan sites, beginning with the Melbourne and Perth locations. It will then upgrade the remaining three metropolitan sites, followed by a regional location on the NSW Central Coast.
“The remarkable compact footprint of GatesAir transmitters will take up substantially less space than our existing transmitters, lowering our monthly expenditures and our long-term total cost of ownership,” said Matt Steadman, head of technology, NOVA Entertainment.
“We are also confident that GatesAir’s Australian presence, both through direct personnel and their partners at RaeAir, will efficiently guide us through the installation process and ensure excellent post-sales service and support.”
NOVA Entertainment’s FM radio transmission project is part of a broader strategic initiative that follows a recent upgrade of its studio systems.