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Harris Supports Next-Generation Digital Terrestrial

An international communications and information technology company, are taking the next step into the next generation.
Harris Corporation's Apex M2X software-defined broadcast exciter now supports the next-generation DVB-T2 digital terrestrial transmission standard.
Support for the new standard was made possible via a software licensing agreement with the BBC, the largest broadcasting organisation in the world.
Phil Argyris, Vice President, Transmission Systems at Harris Broadcast Communications said: "BBC Research & Development was at the heart of the evolution of the DVB-T2 standard and was involved in the first worldwide implementation. The DVB-T2 standard has been talked about in the industry for years. Now, through the joint efforts of BBC and Harris, this capability is a reality for our Apex M2X customers."
The DVB-T2 standard delivers efficiencies of 30-50 percent in its use of spectrum compared to the DVB-T standard. Global broadcasters are showing strong interest in using DVB-T2 in order to gain significant transmission efficiency improvements, allowing for increased capabilities for high definition, mobile and multicast content while reducing costs.
"The Apex M2X exciter was designed from the start to accommodate evolving standards such as DVB-T2 via a simple software upgrade, enabling customers to seamlessly migrate to DVB-T2 cost effectively and on their individual schedules," said Argyris. "This announcement is the latest example of the Harris commitment to providing broadcasters with the technology they need to support new standards and make the most of their bandwidth."
Launched in 2008, the Apex M2X exciter works across a wide spectrum of frequencies including UHF, VHF and L band. In addition to DVB-T2, the exciter also supports ATSC, ATSC M/H, DVBT/H, ISDB-Tb, FLO, CTTB, DAB, DMB, CMMB and a wide range of analogue TV standards, including NTSC and PAL.

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