Solaris wins more EU-licences for DVB-SH service
Solaris Mobile now has licences for their DVB-SH (Satellite to Handheld) service in several countries including France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Finland.
Solaris is a joint venture owned by SES Astra and Eutelsat, set up to deliver mobile TV, satellite digital radio and mobile broadband to much of Europe.
An 18 year licence to operate Mobile Services in France, Sweden and Germany was awarded in May 2010, which, together with those already awarded for Finland, Luxembourg, Italy and Slovenia brings the total to seven.
These licences allow Solaris Mobile’s hybrid network to be deployed within the EU and will pave the way for a range of broadcast and broadband services including TV, radio, voice, data and other broadband services to mobile devices.
Steve Maine, CEO of Solaris is reported as saying that “In the coming months, Solaris Mobile will be engaged in setting up additional demonstration trial platforms for TV broadcasting, radio and data services in certain other markets. These activities will demonstrate the benefits of the solution offered by Solaris which include immediate satellite coverage of the area opening up new opportunities to deliver next generation broadband and broadcast services to mobile devices”.
Source: Rapid TV News 2010
Item added: 21st June 2010
Luxe TV broadcasts on DTT platform
Luxe TV, a niche theme based station, will soon begin broadcasting on the Luxembourg DTT platform, transmitted from the Dudelange transmitter.
The aim is to reach audiences in some parts of Germany as well as in Luxembourg.
Coverage is expected to reach audiences in Saarland and parts of Rhineland-Palatina.
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 7th November 2007
DTT services started
Nationwide DTT services have been launched in Luxembourg using a single multiplex.
Viewers can access 6 television programme services, three in French (RTL TVI, Club RTL and Plug TV) and three in Dutch (RTL4, RTL5 and RTL7). A 6 month trial service of RTL Télé Letzëbuerg has also been launched.
Services are broadcast free-to-air and use the MPEG-2 video compression standard.
With the launch of DTT services, the analogue terrestrial transmission of RTL TVI, RTL4 and RTL5 have been switched off.
Source: Broadband TV News and Digitag
Item added: 25th April 2006
Following a study, DVB-T test transmissions started on July 1st 2002. This covered Luxembourg city and the surrounding area with a single multiplex. The transmitter with and erp of 2kW is configured for 8k, 64QAM, 2/3 code rate and a guard interval of 1/16.
Two multiplexes are being planned in an SFN configuration for both fixed and mobile services.
It is expected that field tests of portable and mobile reception will take place soon when two additional transmitters are added making a three transmitter SFN. At this time different transmission modes will be tested.
Item added: 6th October 2004
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