CINCINNATI, Ohio���GatesAirhas been chosen for phase two of Bangladesh�s national HD Radio rollout. The system comprises two self-contained FM radio stations with GatesAir Flexiva FAX air-cooled 10 kW FM transmitters, antenna systems and all auxiliary and support equipment.
Bangladesh Betar, the only national government broadcaster serving Bangladesh, signed the contract as the first phase of the rollout moves forward. The initial phase, which covers the capital city of Dhaka, also includes two GatesAir Flexiva FAX 10 kW transmitters and is targeted for completion by the end of 2016. The second phase will cover the heavily populated cities of Mymensingh and Gopalganj, with an expected on-air date of June 2017. The projects represent the first HD Radio deployments in South Asia.
The GatesAir Exgine4 HD Radio platform will play a central role in each system. The complete system includes GatesAir�s FlexStar HDI-200 Importer and HDE-200 Exporter at the studio and the FlexStar HDx exciter at the RF plant. The complete system supports all HD Radio program audio and program-associated data (logos, station ID information, artist/song data) over a single, bandwidth-efficient stream, with of headroom to incorporate additional services in the future.