Nautel Lands Largest High Power AM Transmitter Orders in Company History, 4.9 Megawatts in all
Investment by All India Radio to move to DRM digital AM radio changes dramatically the outlook for future cost effective receiver availability.
Hackett’s Cove, Nova Scotia — Nautel today announced that the company has received orders for 21 additional medium wave AM transmitters and associated equipment from India’s Prasar Bharati. The orders for 100 kW and 200 kW transmitters join the earlier-announced order of six 300 kW DRM transmitters from All India Radio as the world’s largest digital radio deployment to date. All transmitters in the system will be configured for DRM30 transmission and will be used in 27 locations throughout India.
All India Radio (AIR) serves the entire country of India via their analog broadcasting service, covering a broad range of languages and dialects through the country. The transition to digital broadcasting will allow AIR to use alternate platforms such as podcasting, SMS, webcasting and mobile services, and offer a 24-hour news channel along with other programming. Additional services such as Interactive Text Transmission and disaster warning are also planned.
“This project is especially significant for Digital Broadcasting, for India, for the AM Radio broadcasting industry as a whole and of course for Nautel,” said Peter Conlon, Nautel President and CEO. “This deployment will bring unprecedented numbers of listeners to digital radio which in turn fosters receiver innovation and places India at the forefront of broadcasting. It also reinvigorates Medium Wave transmission and underlines the coverage advantages of the AM band which has been languishing in many parts of the world. For the broadcast industry as a whole, this is an unabashed validation that Radio is a medium that has a place in our mixed media world for decades to come. And finally for Nautel, this being the largest order in our company’s history, it is a great endorsement of Nautel technology, expertise and integration services by Prasar Bharati and All India Radio. We are honoured to participate with such world class organizations.”
Nautel NX Series MW transmitters were first introduced in 2007. These high power transmitters occupy a surprisingly small footprint for their power and offer the industry’s highest efficiency (90%) along with AM precorrection, unmatched linearity and Nautel’s exclusive Advanced User Interface. Working with Nautel on the deployment are Comcon, Nautel’s in-country partner along with Altronic, providing RF test loads and Kintronic Labs, supplying matching systems for the project. The orders from Prasar Bharati include transmitters, DRM modulators/content servers, antenna coupling equipment and test loads as well as services. The project includes 6 Nautel NX300 (300 kW MW-AM), 10 NX200 (200 kW MW-AM) and 11 NX100 (100 kW MW-AM) transmitters.
“This is an amazing project and we’re thrilled to be involved in it,” said John Abdnour, Nautel Regional Manager, Asia-Pacific. “It marks a significant commitment to the people of India to provide them with the best, most comprehensive radio broadcasting in the region. Using DRM-30 gives AIR the unique opportunity to provide even more services to the many dialects and cultures found throughout the country.”
Nautel has emerged as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of broadcast transmitters. With more than 12,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries since 1970, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for digital broadcasting and other applications.
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