Albertis launches DVB-T2 pilot in Barcelona

12.49 Europe/London, November 27, 2011 By Robert Briel

Abertis Telecom has begun pilot testing of DVB-T2 broadcasting in the area of Barcelona for a period of six months.

These tests are part of the European project ENGINES (Enabling Next Generation for Broadcast Services), developed under the initiative Celtic Plus, part of Eureka, a pan-European project created in 1985.
The pilot will assess the performance of the new standard in terms of overlap of two transmitters using the different variants of the system in real live conditions.
For the development of this test two transmitters have been installed in the Abertis Telecom Tower (Torre Collserola in Barcelona) and a third transmitter is located at the corporate headquarters of the operator in Parc Logístic.
The main areas of research are the dissemination of services for fixed and mobile reception (tablets, smartphones, laptops), on the same multiplex using a single signal.
Also, the pilot will look into creating single frequency networks of wide geographical coverage, with high protection from interference.
An evaluation of the standard for mobile service known as DVB-T2 Lite will in addition be carried out. This variety is intended to achieve reception in high-speed trains