Thursday, April 18, 2024

Techtel Raises the Bat for an Egatel Half-Century

Techtel has announced it has reached the milestone of 50 Egatel Broadcast Television transmitters being shipped to the Australia Pacific region since the partnership between the two companies began some ten years ago.

Egatel, a Spanish manufacturer of Television Transmitters is part of the COMSA Corporation, the second-largest, privately-held industrial group in Spain with revenues of more than 1.3 Billion Euro and over 8000 employees. When Techtel first introduced the company to the region, Egatel had already enjoyed success throughout Europe and Latin America. Australia/NZ and SE Asia represented a new challenge and, together with Techtel, Egatel is seeing a critical mass. 

The latest order is for the Tindal RAAF base in Australia’s remote Northern Territory which needed a solution that would be reliable and avoid the need for expensive maintenance visits. Remote Australian locations are harsh, where often temperatures soar and seasons can swing from being very wet and humid to extremely hot and dry.

Hot has been the story of their regional success so far where they first shipped a multi-channel solution to power the shire of Dandaragan on Western Australia’s Turquoise coast. At that location, Egatel supplied two separate transmission sites that cover tens of thousands of residents with a simple and reliable means to watch their free-to-air television.

It doesn’t get more remote than an oil platform 500km offshore from Darwin and that is another part of the Egatel regional story. A large multinational energy company needed to provide their workers with access to Digital Television; Satellite had one vessel covered but another nearby needed a DVB-T solution and, again, Egatel provided a system for a location where simply visiting costs tens of thousands of dollars, not to mention the mandatory helicopter evacuation course.

Digicel in Port Moresby needed a high-power redundant system to add a further 30 channels to its subscription television service and here Egatel provided a 2+1, 600 watt solution atop Burns Peak. As with every site delivered so far, the engineers at Techtel and Egatel designed and implemented the RF combining system that serviced not just Egatel Transmitters, but any legacy platforms that were still in place – always a delicate exercise.

Samoa turned to Techtel and Egatel to convert the nation over to Digital Television where the entire country is based on an efficient DVB-T2 network of 19 new transmission sites; bringing television to areas that previously had nothing. This major project required meticulous planning by Techtel’s engineers to ensure that the network of transmitters would survive the variations in power stability and climate.

“The local broadcast transmission market has been intensely competitive over the past ten years and we think it’s a fair thing to say that few have survived and only the best have thrived”, said Mal Chandler CEO Techtel. “Egatel has done what many other manufacturers could not because their product has performed brilliantly on every occasion where we’ve used them. There is a bright future for this product in our region and we look forward to seeing them being used in our regions high power sites just as they are already.”

Egatel CEO Francisco Javier Valdés added, “We are a company that believes in good service and good quality first, and because of our high standards we do not win every deal. We are successful because we are working towards longer term goals to be the product that everyone is proud to own and they know our reliability gives them one less thing to worry about. Together with Techtel we are very proud to have provided 50 transmitters as a team and we look forward to announcing 100 transmitters in the future!”


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