ALi Corporation, a set-top-box solution provider, has announced that ALi and MNITI have agreed to join forces on introducing a reference STB solution to assist Russian STB manufacturers in the deployment of digital terrestrial television adopting the DVB-T2 standard. MNITI, Moscow Scientific-Research Television Institute, is the leading organisation in Russia in the field of television equipment.
DTT transmissions in DVB-T launched in Russia in 2009 with DVB-T2 roll-out being planned after completion of analogue switch-off. However, Russian authorities later decided to continue digitisation in DVB-T2 format, upgrading networks in regions where DVB-T was already deployed or was being tested. By the end of March 2013, DVB-T2 is expected to launch in 39 of Russia’s federal areas. Still, the success of the DVB-T2 platform is contingent on two factors, area of network coverage and availability of set-top boxes.
Konstantin Bystrushkin, Deputy Director of JSC MNITI, stated, “Since 1998, the Institute has been actively participating in the preparation for digital television transition in Russia. At present, MNITI is in cooperation with domestic enterprises to develop digital set-top boxes for the deployment of DVB-T2. ALi is a world leader in set-top-box solutions providing high level of integration, design flexibility, and cost/performance value. With the collaborated reference solution from ALi and MNITI, local STB manufacturers can speed up the supply of DVB-T2 enabled set-top boxes to meet the demand from Russian viewers.”