Saudi upgrades broadcasting network

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information (MOCI) has inked a deal with Harris that will see the manufacturer provide a range of radio and television broadcast transmitters as part of the ongoing modernization of Saudi TV and Radio's transmitter infrastructure. Harris' local systems integrator First Gulf Company (FGC) is the contractor for these projects.

The deal will see Harris deliver a total of 21 AM radio transmitters, including 3DX digital solid-state transmitters; 40 FM radio transmitters, including the ZX range of low-power transmitters; and 36 TV transmitters, including Atlas digital solid-state air-cooled transmitters. The transmitters have been deployed across multiple Saudi TV and Radio facilities enabling the migration over to a digital broadcast infrastructure. Four DVB-T transmission sites have already gone live this year with Harris transmitters.

"We selected Harris transmitters because they provided the highest quality in terms of technology and reliability, as well as reduced operating costs," said Dr. Riyadh Najm, deputy minister of engineering affairs, MOCI. "Harris is an established leader in the transmitter business, with a long track record of success worldwide. The company's experience, along with the efficiency of the Harris systems integrator, was the major factor in our decision to allow Harris to play a central role in the major modernization project of the terrestrial network infrastructure for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."