ALi partners with MNITI to propose Russian reference DVB-T2 STB Solution

Editor | 22-10-2012

Set-top box provider ALi Corporation has joined forces with MNITI on introducing a reference solution to assist Russian STB manufacturers in DVB-T2–based DTT deployment.
MNITI, the Moscow Scientific-Research Television Institute, claims to be the leading organisation in Russia in the field of television equipment and currently heads the development and organisation on the production of receivers for digital television.
Its leadership is vital given that DVB-T DTT transmissions launched in Russia in 2009 with DVB-T2 roll-out being planned after completion of analogue switch-off. However, Russian authorities later decided to continue digitisation in DVB-T2 format, upgrading networks in regions where DVB-T was already deployed or was being tested. DVB-T2 is expected to launch in 39 of Russia's federal areas by the end of March 2013.
MNITI believes that the success of the DVB-T2 platform is contingent on two factors, area of network coverage and availability of STBs.
Explained Konstantin Bystrushkin, Deputy Director of JSC MNITI: "Since 1998, the Institute has been actively participating in the preparation for digital television transition in Russia. At present, MNITI is in cooperation with domestic enterprises to develop digital set-top boxes for the deployment of DVB-T2... With the collaborated reference solution from ALi and MNITI, local STB manufacturers can speed up the supply of DVB-T2 enabled set-top boxes to meet the demand from Russian viewers."
"Some 12 million urban and 5 million rural households in Russia were able to receive DVB-T2 based digital terrestrial TV at the beginning of 2012 with growth being strong in urban centres, according to a study by J'Son & Partners Consulting…We are very pleased to ally with MNITI in assisting with the promotion of DVB-T2 in Russia, enabling Russian consumers to receive enhanced services over the digital terrestrial networks," added Tony Chang, General Manager of ALi's International Business Unit.