Rohde & Schwarz installs world's first ATSC 3.0 SFN network in Korea

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 
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Rohde & Schwarz installs first ATSC 3.0 SFN transmitter network worldwide in South Korea

MUNICH — Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), a privately owned broadcasting company in South Korea, has opted for an SFN-based transmitter network from Rohde & Schwarz featuring a 1+1 passive reserve configuration with ATSC 3.0.

Rohde & Schwarz-Seoul Broadcasting System Project Team

SBS plans to set up a terrestrial TV network across Seoul and broadcast the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will be hosted in Pyeonchang in 2018, in ultra high definition (UHD).

The Rohde & Schwarz solution includes R&S THU9 liquid-cooled transmitters with 5 kW and 2 kW, respectively. The SFN transmitter network is expected to be in operation in November 2016 on Kwanak, Namsan, Yongmoon and Gwanggyo Mountains.

SBS chose Rohde & Schwarz because of the company’s high technical expertise and long-standing professional support with TDMB, ATSC 1.0 and FM transmitters. During the initial evaluation phase, SBS already used Rohde & Schwarz transmitters to conduct SFN trials with the new ATSC 3.0 standard.

From cinema and post production, live encoding and multiplexing, transmitting to T&M for signal monitoring and quality checking, Rohde & Schwarz offers a complete line of products and solutions to help the broadcast industry roll out the high-resolution 4K standard. Especially for ATSC 3.0, the company provides an easy and efficient upgrade path for existing Rohde & Schwarz transmitters.