Austria decides on quick DVB-T2 roll-out
Published: 07.53 UTC, February 16, 2011 by Robert Briel

The Austrian regulatory authority for broadcasting and telecommunications (RTR), also known as KommAustria, and the Digitale Plattform Austria have decided to transmit three new DTT multiplexes in DVB-T2/MPEG-4.

The authorities will soon open the tender for the two multiplexes, Mux-D and Mux-E. A third nationwide multiplex, Mux-F, will also use DVB-T2/MPEG-4, but the tender will be issued at a later date.

At the moment, the first three muxes are transmitting in DVB-T/MPEG-2 and all DTT receivers in the market are capable of only receiving these signals. Because of this, the RTR has decided to continue using DVB-T for at least another five years.

DVB-T2 and MPEG-4 modulation will provide the possibilty to offer more channels in a single multiplex as well as HD broadcasts, said RTR director Dr. Alfred Grinnell.