Norkring Selects Harris Transmitters to Support Norway's Transition to DAB Digital Radio
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a multi-million dollar Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) digital radio contract from Norwegian broadcast network operator Norkring that will support the country's analog-to-digital radio broadcast transition.
- (1888PressRelease) April 17, 2012 - Harris will supply hundreds of broadcast transmitters to Norkring over the next three years, supporting the world's largest DAB digital radio network to date.
Norway intends to cease FM radio broadcasts in 2017, becoming the first country to plan a complete switch-off of all analog FM services. After this date, the country will use DAB digital radio technology for all audio transmissions, including disaster and emergency services.
The company will manage the first two deployment phases, based exclusively on Harris® Platinum™ VAX VHF transmitters. Harris will deliver transmitters ranging from 50W to 5000W, with the Harris' PowerSmart® transmitter architecture significantly reducing energy consumption.
"This project is on a scale never seen before — we must ensure that by January 1, 2015, almost all of our population is connected to the DAB digital radio network," said Torbjørn Ø. Teigenfrom, CEO of Norkring. "Harris provides a wide range of transmitter models covering all our requirements within the same product family, with customized setup to reduce installation time and provide a smaller footprint."
Upon completion of phase three, approximately 1000 radio broadcast transmitters and a similar number of road tunnel transmitters will have been installed across Norway. The network extends over more than 2500 kilometers from Lindesnes in the south to the North Cape in the north of Norway.
"Norway's groundbreaking plan represents the power and capabilities that digital radio can provide for national communications," said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. "Harris' experience in large-scale transmission deployments will help Norkring roll out its network with speed and consistency as it prepares for analog sunset."
In broadcast communications, Harris offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.
Norkring is part of the Telenor Group, one of the largest mobile operators in the world with 140 million subscribers. Norkring develops, builds and operates the DTT and DAB, terrestrial broadcasting in Norway and Belgium. The company is today Norway's largest provider of broadcasting services, providing nationwide transmissions networks for TV and Radio. Norkring is the owner of a large amount of terrestrial transmitters; 47 main transmitter sites and 2700 smaller sites, containing more than 7000 transmitters spread throughout Norway.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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