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GatesAir, Pinnacle support DTV service launch in Nigeria

Rollout will provide 30 channels with additional rollouts expected by June

GatesAir, along with Nigerian channel partner Pinnacle Communications (Pinnacle), has launched a turnkey DVB-T2 transmission system serving Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The system supports the switch-on of a new over-the-air DTV service delivering 30 channels of news, information, and entertainment to the residents of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

GatesAir, a player in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, and Pinnacle Communications designed, delivered, integrated, and commissioned the complete solution on behalf of Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over a three-month period. The project included main and backup GatesAir high-efficiency Maxiva ULXT liquid-cooled transmitters for content delivery. The company also supplied the DVB-T2 headend, which optimises the UHF spectrum for multichannel services, along with all electrical material and RF systems required for the greenfield buildout.

GatesAir has worked closely with Pinnacle Communications since 1998, launching TV and FM radio systems across Nigeria. The FCT Abuja system represents the second phase of a digital switch-on, which is expected to eventually reach more than 50 million homes and 170 million residents.

“The Abuja project began as a greenfield site in early September, and we worked closely with GatesAir and the National Broadcasting Commission through its inauguration on December 22,” said Dipo Onifade, executive director, Pinnacle Communications.

“GatesAir accelerated the delivery of the ULXT transmission system and the DVB-T2 headend to support the launch of two programme multiplexes, which was an enormous help to meeting this deadline,” said Lucky Omoluwa, chairman, Pinnacle Communications. “Viewers within the Federal Capital Territory ultimately benefit with 30 free-to-air channels.”

The next phase, targeted for completion in June 2017, according to the Director-General of NBC, is expected to cover six states from each of Nigeria’s geo-political zones.

“As Nigeria’s DVB-T2 digital TV rollout progresses, we intend to work closely with Pinnacle Communications and all stakeholders in Nigeria to deliver the systems they require to their exacting specifications,” said Phil Argyris, GatesAir CEO. “Our global expertise in managing national DTV projects will ensure quick delivery and deployment of high-efficiency systems that lower total cost of ownership and optimize performance over many years.”

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