Editor | 28-08-2013
Comux UK, the community-owned multiplex operator, has selected Techex to design, commission and support the end-to-end broadcast network for the UK local TV broadcasting platform.
UK broadcast regulator Ofcom awarded Comux a licence to build, operate and manage the local TV multiplex, with a plan for local TV broadcasting for the next 12 years. As Comux gets such an infrastructure in place, it says that it needed a technology partner that shared the company's long term view whilst also "bringing the flexibility that is vital to a new operator."
"Building a digital terrestrial network based on an IP network in such a short timescale will require expert knowledge and a detailed design process," said Comux technical director Chris Romilly. "It will, however, deliver significant cost savings and assist greatly with the future scalability of the platform for the second and third phase of rollout. We selected the Techex team because they demonstrated to us the right combination of innovation and experience needed to deliver this project."
Techex will design and install all the critical broadcast services from licensee contribution and central network management through to distribution, transmission and monitoring. It will also liaise with equipment vendors, third-party service providers and regulatory authorities to ensure the platform is launched within the proposed schedule whilst meeting all technical requirements. The company has already supplied IP-based broadcast systems to all tier-one UK broadcasters and firms such as Arqiva, Ofcom, DTG and other broadcast vendors.
The firm believes that it can bring a unique understanding of the nature of the local TV platform and the need to be supportive of the individual requirements of each licensee. "We are proud to be delivering such a key part of the new local TV platform, and we strongly believe that Comux's community approach will lead to success for UK local TV," added Technical Director Richard Bailey.