Tunisia expands DTT network
Tunisia started experimental DTT transmission in 2001. Now with its latest deployment of transmitters, the coverage will increase to 90% of the country by the end of 2010.
The Tunisian broadcast Office National Télédiffusion (ONT) selected Thomson to digitise its network in August 2009. The expanded network will consist of 17 DVB-T transmission sites throughout the country, each using MPEG-4 headend platforms.
After analogue switch-off in 2015, 8 UHF and 1 VHF multiplexes are planned.
The first DTT offering called “TALFAZTI”, initially available on the Internet, has been brought together by the company and DTT operator VNET and is a mix of audiovisual programmes with thematic content in Arabic and French. The 12 channel offering will also include existing TV channels.
In 2010 coverage will reach 90% of the country, increasing to 100% by 2014.
Main sources: Telediffusion and Vnet
Item added: 21st December 2009
Digital Terrestrial Television in Tunisia
Tunisia has announced that it will extend its on going Pilot DTT transmissions to cover 90% of the country by 2009.
Pilot transmissions first began in 2001 from a 500Watt transmitter located in the centre of Boukornine. The transmissions cover the Greater Tunis area where the experiment has been taking place.
More details of the experiment can be found by clicking on the following link. Telediffusion
Both the use of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 are mentioned in associated documents together with the possible transmission of HD, however the final makeup of the extended pilot has yet to be announced.
Item added: 21st August 2007
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Last page update: 21st December 2009, Barry Tew