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Cabo Verde digital transition achieved with transmission turnkey system of Thomson Broadcast

Thomson Broadcast has been selected by the ANAC (Agency of National Communications) of Cabo Verde to deploy the first nationwide digital networks of two multiplexes. Thomson Broadcast won the international tender for the supply of a complete turnkey system.

The Cabo Verde Agency of National Communications (ANAC) has chosen among 16 other tenderers a complete system from Thomson Broadcast to launch end of year 2015 the first digital programs on two multiplexes. Member of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), Cabo Verde actively works to meet 2015 digital migration deadline fixed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Unlike other member states of ECOWAS, which are completely flat, Cabo Verde is a country with mountainous islands, a very rugged terrain, valleys and streams. As a result, this digital deployment requires the great expertise of complete systems with specific configurations.

Thomson Broadcast won this nationwide contract based on its ability to offer a complete turnkey system on 60 sites from microwave links, head ends to the complete integration of transmitters and masts including civil work and training of the technical teams. Thomson Broadcast also offered IPTV services for the Cabo Verdean diaspora. With a clear sustainable system in mind, Thomson solution aimed at offering a high complete energy efficient system adapted to an islands geography. Moreover, Thomson Broadcast met the specific requirement to deploy MFN network on the main Santiago Island and SFN network on other islands.

The first low power transmitter stations will be installed in the City of Da Praia and in the main islands to cover around 70 per cent of the national population. Cabo Verde will enjoy a compact footprint with an optimised cost of ownership to cover all shadow areas with an easy plug-and play solution.

“The ANAC will receive the dual benefits of turnkey solutions expertise and easy installation” says Pascal Veillat, Chairman of Arelis Group and Thomson Broadcast. ”We have proven our capability to deploy within one month more than 150 low power transmitter in 2014 in Mongolia but also our long experience of turnkey projects with our latest deployment of a complete nationwide DVB-T2 network in Uganda” adds Pascal Veillat.

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