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

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.