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RFS launches NEXTGEN TV range to support broadcast evolution

April 30, 2020

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of cable, RF systems, antenna and tower systems providing total-package solutions for wireless and broadcast infrastructure, announces a new portfolio of ready to ship solutions to help broadcasters futureproof infrastructure as they deploy NEXTGEN TV services.

This portfolio allows broadcasters to move to the Single Frequency Network (SFN) set up needed to support NEXTGEN TV. This will allow broadcasters to deliver a wider variety of media to both fixed and mobile devices, provide a customizable over-the-air TV offering and deliver premium services that will allow them to compete with OTT services.

RFS has developed its solutions specifically to address the challenges that broadcasters will face when rolling out this new style of service. This includes broadband antennas that offer high front-back radiation patterns and sophisticated antenna selection tools which allow customers to choose from a wide range of radiation patterns to ensure they service their entire region without encroaching on neighbouring territories. The development team has focused on designing lightweight, low wind load equipment that is easy to install on existing towers to support new SFN set-ups. RFS also offers a strong line of combiners and filters to provide a one stop shop for broadcasters looking to move to NEXTGEN TV standards.

With broadcasters incurring significant costs during to repack and NEXTGEN TV evolution, RFS is committed to providing solutions that can adapt to support future broadcasting needs. The NEXTGEN TV solutions are designed in order that as the US evolves in the next decade to 5G broadcast, that RFS broadcast infrastructure can be used to add additional capacity and continue to serve broadcasters as standards change.

RFS saw 500% growth in 2018-2019 as it delivered 100% of its repack deployments within the specified deadline, proving itself as a technologically capable and reliable partner for equipment evolution projects. Additionally, as a designer of infrastructure solutions for both the telecommunications and broadcast markets and is therefore uniquely placed to understand and support broadcasters as we see convergence between the two industries.

Nick Wymant, RFS Global Product Manager – Broadcast, commented, “Despite the hype, 5G broadcast for the US market is not feasible while 5G technology is in its infancy. The size of the population, geography and market set up in the US make the Next Generation TV standard an absolutely essential step in the evolution of over-the-air broadcast. We are delighted to offer a range of solutions that not only deliver on Next Generation possibilities but are futureproofed for further evolution.”

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