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GatesAir secures two FM radio deals in India

A total of 45 GatesAir transmitters will be installed by Sambhav Media and ENIL to support new FM frequencies throughout India

GatesAir has won turnkey FM radio contracts in India from two broadcasters — Sambhav Media and ENIL. The deals comprise the company’s high performance Flexiva FAX air-cooled transmitters, auxiliary RF equipment and rigid transmission line for 30 stations.

Both contracts also include turnkey installation, commissioning and technical support services through in-country partner, Horizon Broadcast Electronics.

The Sambhav Media project covers 13 FM radio stations that the broadcaster won following the FM Phase-III auction for new private FM broadcast licences. Each station will also receive a 1kW backup transmitter, with all sites operating in fully redundant 1+1 configurations.

Jagdish Pavra, director of engineering at Sambhav Media, said: “We selected GatesAir transmitters because of their high efficiency, smaller footprint and, most important, the redundancy within their transmission systems.

“We are now on the air at seven sites with GatesAir transmitters, and are very happy with their performance as well as the services GatesAir provides.” 

The ENIL deal covers two purchases, including 14 stations won in the FM Phase-II auction. Each station will have one 5kW transmitter. The second order includes two 10kW transmitters and one 6kW model across three additional stations.

The Flexiva transmitters leverage GatesAir’s PowerSmart 3D architecture, which is designed to reduce size, weight and power consumption. These three operational benefits, according to GatesAir, were paramount to each broadcaster’s decision.

Rich Redmond, president and managing director, international at GatesAir, said: “Our PowerSmart 3D architecture optimises transmitter size and weight, enabling our customers to install Flexiva transmitters in tight spaces. Furthermore, each customer’s reliability, performance and efficiency evaluations included electricity cost comparisons between GatesAir and competitive transmitters operating today in India.

“This clearly demonstrated that GatesAir could provide the best signal while reducing annual bills, and improving long-term total cost of ownership.”

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