Telenor Taps Tandberg for Digital Terrestrial

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Norwegian broadcaster Telenor has selected Tandberg Televisin to supply it with video compression gear to help support Norway's move to digital terrestrial TV (DTT).

Telenor Broadcast Holding AS has signed a contract under which Tandberg, a long-time compression supplier to Telenor, will provide it with its EN8030 MPEG-4 AVC encoders, iSIS 8000 IP-based multiplex system and Compass control and monitoring tools. Tandberg says its MPEG-4 AVC gear provides
bandwidth savings of up to 50% over older MPEG-2 technology.
The Tandberg deal is the second major contract for compression equipment awarded by Telenor in the past month. At the recent IBC show in Amsterdam, Harmonic Inc. announced a deal to provide Telenor with both MPEG-2 encoders and multiplex systems for its direct-to-home (DTH) satellite subsidiary, Canal Digital, which serves over 1 million households in the Nordic region. A Harmonic spokesperson says that agreement represents a completely separate project from the DTT launch, which Harmonic also bid on.
Telenor owns one-third of Norwegian DTT license-holder Norges Television (NTV), along with broadcasters NRK and TV2, and is building and operating the encoding and multiplexing component of the Norwegian DTT network. Trials of both standard- and high-definition digital television are scheduled
to start in January, with the commercial roll-out of the standard-def service slated for September 2007.
"The move to digital terrestrial television is a historic landmark in Norway and we have selected Tandberg Television as our DTT technology provider," says Torkel Aamodt Thoresen, Telenor's Technical Product Manager, in a statement. "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."