TX Australia, Broadcast Australia and Free TV have announced that the second phase of the Queensland trial of a next generation broadcast technology, DVB-T2, is to be undertaken in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast from March to April.
The trial builds upon trials conducted in Sydney and on the Gold Coast in 2018 to assess the performance of next generation DVB-T2 technology in the Australian environment.
The trial will originate from the Gold Coast Translators owned and TX Australia managed transmission site located at Mount Tamborine on the Gold Coast and the TX Australia managed transmission site on Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane. The transmissions will be on Channel 28. It will be operating in a new mode of digital television technology called “extended single frequency”. Results will be analysed to determine the service threshold in the target coverage area in extended SFN (single frequency network) mode.
DVB-T2 is being considered as a technology which could replace the current DVB-T standard for television which has been in operation since 2001. When combined with new compression technologies, DVB-T2 will have the potential to allow 4K TV reception with four times the picture quality of the current high definition standard.
The trial is a collaboration between TX Australia, Broadcast Australia and Free TV Australia. GatesAir, Rohde & Schwarz and Enensys Networks have loaned equipment for the trial.