Digital TV will be launched in Bavaria May 31 with transmitters from Rohde & Schwarz.
Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting) and T-Systems have placed an order with Rohde & Schwarz for 21 high-power transmitters with output power ranging from 1.7kW to 9.3kW. A DVB-H pilot project will be started in Munich at the same time.
The transmitters for the new digital terrestrial TV network will be installed on Wendelstein mountain in the Bavarian Alps, the Munich Olympic Tower and on the Nuremberg and Dillberg telecommunication towers. This will provide coverage for the densely populated areas of Munich and Nuremberg as well as for parts of Upper Bavaria and Swabia. When the digital transmitters go on air on Wendelstein mountain in mid-2005, analog transmission from there will cease.
Six transmitters are planned for each site with the exception of Dillberg, where three transmitters are planned. Each transmitter operates as a multiplexer that transports a packet of four programs over a common TV channel. A total of 24 programs will be transmitted digitally, three of which are reserved for testing additional digital services, mainly in DVB-H format.
For more information, visit www.rohde-schwarz.com.