Harris lands Bulgarian DVB-T transition contract

Bulgarian TV transmission network operator NURTS Digital EAD has awarded Harris Corporation a nearly $8 million contract to achieve transition to DVB-T over-the-air digital television (DTV).

In cooperation with its Bulgarian dealer, New Tek, Harris will supply 196 transmission sites with Maxiva UAX DVB-T air-cooled transmitters and low-power Maxiva UAX Compact Class gap filler systems with power ratings between 10W and 1kW. The Maxiva UAX transmitter designs are based on Harris’s PowerSmart architecture, which combines high power density and operational efficiency with energy-saving performance. The transmitters also include Harris Apex M2X™ software-defined exciters to maximise over-the-air signal quality and performance.

“The delivery schedule for this project is extremely short — we must install the entire network before winter closes in, so that the network is fully operational by early 2013 when we plan to switch over to DVB-T digital terrestrial TV transmission,” says Alexander Kirilov, CTO, NURTS Digital EAD.  “Few companies could meet our requirements, but we are very happy with how this project is developing with the professional support of Harris.”

Harris Morris, president of Harris Broadcast Communications, adds: “NURTS Digital EAD’s commitment to digital television represents one of the largest purchases of DVB-T technology in Europe by a single company.  We are helping support their goals and vision of bringing high-quality DTV services to nearly the entire country’s population. Our team has risen to the challenge of providing complete DVB-T solutions under a tight deadline to illustrate our market-leading DTV transmission capabilities.”

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