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GatesAir expands TV transmission deal to cover northern India

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless and over-the-air content delivery, has expanded its TV transmission deal with Doordarshan, India’s national broadcaster, to strengthen the analogue UHF TV coverage in the country’s Jammu region.

Since 2012, GatesAir has been Doordarshan’s exclusive TV transmission supplier and delivered more 30 digital-ready Maxiva TV transmitters.

The latest deal aims to deliver before this year-end digital-ready Maxiva ULX liquid-cooled transmitters that will be integrated with GatesAir’s APEX M2X multi-standard Exciter, allowing Doordarshan to convert the transmitters to DVB-T2 or DVB-T2-Lite at any time. The six new 10kW transmitters will be deployed in redundant 1+1 configurations at three sites in Jammu, Srinagar and Leh, and will especially improve coverage along India’s north-west border.

Doordarshan selected GatesAir due to the continued reliability of its existing transmitter fleet, which is particularly important in the Jammu region known for its dynamic climate and mountainous terrain.

Rich Redmond, president and managing director, International, GatesAir, said: “Our high-efficiency Maxiva systems will provide Doordarshan with the lowest total cost of ownership over their lifecycle by reducing power consumption, simplifying maintenance, and optimising performance and reliability for analogue and digital broadcasts over many years.”

GatesAir has a long and strong transmission presence and market share in India. Beyond its long-term relationship with Doordarshan, GatesAir continues to win business associated with India’s private FM licensing initiatives. The company has also announced two major FM radio deals earlier this year.

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