News | December 17, 2014

Headends From Rohde & Schwarz Used In DVB-T2 Pilot Project In Berlin

Source: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

In the fall of 2014, network operator Media Broadcast launched a DVB-T2 pilot project in the Berlin region, and Rohde & Schwarz is participating in the testbed with its R&S AVHE100 headend and latest-generation transmitters. Broadcasting of DVB T2 programs is scheduled to start throughout Germany in 2016.

The pilot trial will provide for thorough, realworld testing of the interaction between all components from the studio to the receiver. The new HEVC/H.265 video coding standard will be used for transmission. The advantages of the new DVB-T2 standard lie in its efficiency, which generates improvements for TV viewers at all levels. DVB-T2 enables reception of more programs and high-definition television while maintaining the same data rate. It is expected that various alternatives for data rates, program coverage and video quality will be tested and defined during the trial period. This will also provide manufacturers with a test environment that they can use to develop compatible consumer electronics.

In this testbed, the R&S AVHE100 headend system from Rohde & Schwarz encodes transmitted HD programs in line with the HEVC standard. It also contains the company's headend management software, multiplexer and T2MI gateway, which enable generation of an output stream that is compatible with DVB-T2. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, a Rohde & Schwarz cooperation partner, led the development of the HEVC encoder used for the R&S AVHE100.

The R&S AVHE100 headend can encode/decode signals, multiplex and generate several physical layer pipes (PLP) in just one device. The system integrates more functions in a few hardware components than other available solutions with many separate components, and fewer components, in turn, mean improved fail-safety. The integrated headend management system allows users to conveniently configure and monitor the various components.

About Rohde & Schwarz
The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group is a leading supplier of solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, secure communications, radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. On June 30, 2014, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9800 employees. It achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.75 billion in the 2013/2014 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It also has regional headquarters in Singapore and Columbia, Maryland, USA, to manage its operations in these regions.

SOURCE: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG