South Africa: DVB-T2 update

2 November 2010

The recently started DVB-T2 trial in South Africa is going very well and is currently transmitting 18 channels over Johannesburg. Channels include SABC1,2 and 3, etv, MNet and interactive services. The industry support for DVB-T2 is growing by the day and looks the most logical DTT solution for South Africa.

The Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA) has released data supporting the adoption of DVB-T2 or DVB-T over the ISDB-T system. This recommendation is based upon the performance data of the various DTT systems as published by the International Telecommunications Union. The comparison concludes that DVB-T is slightly better than ISDB-T and that DVB-T2 outperforms both “by leaps and bounds”. In a presentation to the University of the Witwatersrand, SADIBA’s Gerhard Petrick said that DVB-T2 yielded 67% more payload at equivalent coverage and network cost.



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