DVB-T2 tests demoing real technology

By Julian Clover

Arqiva has given details of its role in the new Crystal Palace high definition pilot that is running with the new DVB-T2 standard.

The Crystal Palace transmissions have joined the existing tests that have been broadcast from neighbouring Guildford since June 27 last year.

Mike Brooks, head of technical development, DVB-T2 at Arqiva, said the tests showed the technology had reached an important stage in its development. “It sends a clear message that the DVB-T2 technology is real, and encourages the supply of compatible receivers from a wide variety of manufacturers. We are delighted to be working with all the members of the Pilot Steering Group under Ofcom’s leadership to take this project forward.”

The Ofcom initiated pilot is designed to validate the performance expectations of the DVB-T2 specification through an extensive programme of laboratory tests, field trials and in-home measurements. The information will be used to select the best transmission mode when the HD multiplex goes nationwide, starting in the autumn with North West Britain.

Arqiva has been working with Enensys, which has provided a hardware-based DVB-T2 modulator that has been connected to Arqiva’s transmission equipment.