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Harris Corp. Completes Phase 1 of Romanian Broadcast System

Harris Corporation has announced completion—nearly two years ahead of schedule—of the $85 million first phase in a comprehensive program to upgrade and expand the nationwide broadcast infrastructure of S.N. Radiocomunicatii S.A., Romania’s state-owned broadcast organization.

Modernization of Romania’s aging broadcast communications system marks a critical step forward for Romania and its population, bringing the country up to date with the solid-state analogue technology favored in Western Europe. Harris’ end-to-end radio and television solution also provides S.N. Radiocomunicatii S.A. with a clear path to the digital future.

Phase 1 of the three-phase project, which is providing 100 percent radio coverage throughout Romania, was completed in just 20 months instead of the anticipated four-and-one-half years. Harris accelerated the project by dedicating the additional engineering and technical resources needed to establish nationwide radio coverage before Romania’s election in November 2004. Harris supplied 28 low-power (10kW to 50kW) medium wave transmitters, eight high-power (200KW and 400KW) medium wave transmitters, and 106 FM radio transmitters for local coverage as well as longer distances of difficult terrain at sites throughout Romania. The range and diversity of transmitters was essential to ensure 100 percent nationwide radio broadcast coverage for Romania’s regional network and two national networks across urban areas and vast stretches of rural communities often divided by the Carpathian Mountains.

The end-to-end transmission solution also included antenna systems, microware links for resource sharing, engineering, installation, training and commissioning services. In addition, the first of many high- and low-power television transmitters and transposers were installed. The television installations begin upgrades to Romania’s television transmission infrastructure, which will be expanded and completed during the remainder of the modernization program.
Furthermore, three control and monitoring networks will reduce operational costs at each station facility by enabling the remote monitoring of all radio and television transmission equipment from four regional headquarters.

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