Digicel adds new DTV services with MediaKind

The installation of MediaKind’s technology will empower Digicel to deliver 48 more channels, bringing the company’s total broadcast channels to 92

In an attempt to deliver immersive content experience and a wider range of content to viewers in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Digicel, a telco and digital TV service provider, is enhancing its current systems with compression headend technology and expanded transmitter infrastructure from MediaKind, the new identity for Ericsson Media Solutions.

The enhancement will enable Digicel to add 48 new SD MPEG-4 channels to its PNG platform, bringing the company’s total coverage to 92 channels broadcast over satellite direct-to-home (DTH) and DVB-T2 networks.

Alan Constant, CTO of Digicel Media Ventures, said: “We are always looking for ways to enhance the services we offer to our customers in PNG. This extension is helping us to deliver a wider range of high-quality content to our viewers.”

For this project, MediaKind will deploy two of its AVP4000 encoder systems and modulation to feed two new satellite transponders. The first expansion for the DVB-T2 VHF terrestrial transmitters will take place at Burn’s Peak site in Port Moresby in PNG. This will be integrated by Techtel with MediaKind providing a three-year headend support as part of the deal managed from Sydney, Australia.

Ken Yap, senior vice-president, North-east Asia, sales, MediaKind, concluded: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Digicel and support them to drive digital TV’s growth in PNG. Consumers are constantly seeking access to new, immersive content.

“For Digicel, this expansion opens up the potential for new monetisation opportunities and additional high-quality services for viewers across the region.”


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