Dielectric ships Powerlite UHF solutions to Ethiopia for DTV transition


Dielectric, provider of antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, has shipped a USD 1.2 million order made up of antennas, filters and RF accessories to Ethiopia to support the government’s second-generation DVB-T2 network rollout, which begins later this year. The order covers twenty-six low-to-medium power UHF transmission sites positioned around the country. Dielectric worked closely with GatesAir, the prime contractor of the project who will design, supply, install, test and commission the network solution, to assure seamless integration with transmission systems at all sites.

The initial DTV rollout will support 20 channels of DVB-T2 content across all twenty-six sites. Dielectric accelerated the production process to meet demanding timelines on behalf of Information Network Security Agency (INSA), the Government of Ethiopia’s agency in charge of the DTV rollout. The entire order was manufactured and shipped within six weeks, leveraging Dielectric’s DASP antenna modeling software, and broadband antenna and filter designs, to minimize production time. The Dielectric Powerlite series was selected for all sites, using omnidirectional antenna patterns.

The Powerlite series provides comprehensive solutions for UHF and VHF channels, and the systems for Ethiopia include TUA panel antennas, flex transmission line, and tunable filters customized for each station and power level.

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