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Peru Completes Analysis of Terrestrial DTV Systems

Peru’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications received a report from technicians at Peru’s UPC University comparing ATSC, DVB-T and ISDB-T terrestrial DTV standards. The report outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each system for terrestrial DTV in Peru. Minister of Transportation and Communications Veronica Zavala will use the report to pick the best system the country.

UPC University began field tests of the three systems Dec. 3, 2007, using a 1.8 kW Channel 29 transmitter and a 16-bay antenna with a gain of approximately 17 dB. The transmitter was operated at a reduced output power of 1 kW, which provided an effective radiated power of approximately 50 kW. The transmission facility, which was provided by TV station Andina de Radiodifusion, allowed instantaneous switching between the three DTV systems.

The article Standard to be chosen for digital TV in Peru at said the Ministry of Transportation and Communications predicted DTV would be available in several areas in Lima before 2010.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.