The Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA) has selected Rohde & Schwarz’ R&S THU9evo transmitters for a multi-million dollar contract to support their DVB-T2 network.
To be installed at nine sites across the country to provide DVB-T2 coverage, the contract comes with strict timescales. All equipment will be installed and commissioned by mid-June 2019 so that DVB-T2 SD and HD broadcasts are on air before the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament.
Throughout the contract negotiations and the project, Rohde & Schwarz is working closely with its local partner, Egypt-based Integrated Communication Systems (ICS).
“ENMA is planning to cover Egypt with DVB-T2 transmission and the current project will cover part of our plan,“ commented Mrs. Mervat Hassan, Chairman of Broadcast Engineering Sector at ENMA. “This project is very important for us and we are looking forward to cooperating with Rohde & Schwarz to execute this project on the timeline as scheduled. ENMA is looking forward to Rohde & Schwarz support in the next two phases also”.
The project comes with a demanding 10-week delivery to Cairo timeline which is governed by the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled to take place from 21st June to 19th July. An important element of Rohde & Schwarz’s contract with ENMA covers the provision of professional services. Through its local team of engineers and product specialists, Rohde & Schwarz will provide factory acceptance testing as well as project management services. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz Middle East & Africa staff will provide local installation supervision, onsite configuration and commissioning.
“This is an ambitious project and will position ENMA as a leading broadcast service provider in the North Africa region,” commented Rommer Balanon, Bid Manager at Rohde & Schwarz Middle East & Africa. “We are delighted that ENMA has selected Rohde & Schwarz as their technology partner and we look forward to a busy period ahead.”