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