Norwegian telco and digital TV provider Telenor has awarded a contract to Tandberg Television to provide technology for the country's transition to digital terrestrial television (DTT).
Norway's DTT platform will use the MPEG-4 AVC video compression standard, allowing broadcasters to deliver better quality pictures and more channels within the bandwidth of the terrestrial spectrum, and also achieve the eventual transition to high-definition television (HDTV).
Tandberg will supply its next generation EN8030 MPEG-4 AVC encoders, the new Tandberg iSIS 8000 IP multiplex system and its nCompass control and monitoring. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"The move to DTT is an historic landmark in Norway and we have selected Tandberg Television as our DTT technology provider," said Torkel Aamodt Thoresen, technical product manager at Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, which will be building and operating the encoding and multiplexing part of the Norwegian DTT network.
"The company's flexible IP multiplexing technology and its next generation MPEG-4 AVC encoders will enable us to build a DTT network with a flexible digital television infrastructure that can support the introduction of increased channels and new video services," he added.
Telenor has a one-third ownership of Norges Televisjon (NTV) which holds the DTT licence in Norway; other partners in NTV include the broadcasters NRK and TV2.
Trials of both standard-definition (SD) and HD digital television will start in January next year. The commercial roll-out of the SD service will commence in September 2007.
Lovelace Consulting | 03.10.2006