Sprint Nextel reports 2GHz BAS relocation by the numbers
June 10, 2008
The latest FCC filing from Sprint Nextel regarding progress of the 2GHz Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) relocation progress indicates that the company and broadcasters are making progress in converting to digital electronic newsgathering (ENG) channels.
The project will relocate analog 2GHz BAS operations to seven 12MHz-wide digital channels between 2025.5MHz and 2109.5MHz. The transition to digital BAS is seen as half of a two-part process of preparing stations to contribute ENG HD footage, edited packages and live shots from the field.
As of June 2, the company reported several nationwide benchmarks charting progress of the relocation effort, including:
2GHz relocation frequency relocation agreements: 968 Inventories submitted: 967, 100 percent Inventories verified: 967, 100 percent Quote packages submitted to Sprint Nextel: 940, 97 percent Quote packages approved by Sprint Nextel: 904, 93 percent Frequency relocation agreements (FRA) executed: 806, 83 percent All purchase orders submitted: 751, 78 percent All equipment delivered: 267, 28 percent All equipment installed: 174, 18 percent DMA relocated: 88, 9 percent Contract closed: 69, 6 percent
Editor’s note: For more information on the filing, see:
“Despite unexpected obstacles, BAS relocation update shows progress.”
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