The Bridge Networks boost Fiji TV’s reach in Suva.

Case Study

Leading television broadcaster in Fiji and the Pacific region, Fiji TV came to The Bridge Networks with the mandate to improve the power, quality and reliability of their Television Transmission servicing the main city of Suva.

System Design

The Bridge Networks worked with Fiji TV to design a full end-to-end system that met all of their requirements. The end solution converts the studio SDI output to an ASI-over-IP transport stream, and distributes that via a two-hop Digital Microwave Link to the transmitter site. There, it is received, decoded and fed into a new dual mode analogue/digital VHF Band III transmitter. The new system provided a very worthwhile improvement for Fiji TV’s Suva transmission and brings Fiji TV a step closer to gaining a digital terrestrial transmission capability.

Supply

With TBN’s roots firmly established in equipment procurement and distribution, The Bridge Networks sourced the most suited equipment for the customer’s technical and budget requirements.  

For the VHF BIII Transmitter requirement, TBN provided and installed a PAL/DVB-Transmitter plus MPEG2 digital encoder and decoder units, complete with a comprehensive spares package.

The Studio to Transmitter Link (STL) solution makes use of cost effective duplex Eclipse Nodal IP links from Aviat Networks with a 100Mbps data throughput capability, along with DekTec peripheral equipment to carry studio ASI stream to the transmitter site.  Eclipse links are highly configurable and scalable to meet future expansion needs, and TBN was able to add in a 4Mbps utility channel for non-television services as a last minute requirement, with the addition of a Gigabit DAC module at the intermediate site, Nakobalevu. 

All equipment items less the large microwave antennas, were imported into New Zealand and staged at TBN’s office in Wellington, where pre-testing was carried out to ensure the system would be fully operational before shipping it on to Suva for installation.

Installation

The equipment installation was managed by TBN’s Service Engineer, Mark Patton (Site Supervisor Accredited), with installation being carried out at the Fiji TV Studio and at Tamavua, the transmission site for Suva.  Intermediate site Nakobalevu was also included for the purpose of the additional microwave hop, after an initial site survey showed a lack of direct Line-of-Sight path to Tamavua.

TBN managed the installation of all indoor equipment as well as the rigging of the new microwave antennas, ODU’s and running of coaxial cables to the IDU’s and the alignment for optimum performance.

The Aviat link system was complete with a Portal Network Management Facility for self-management and ports were configured to take advantage of the web browser interfaces that were available on all the other units to allow Fiji TV to control their entire system from their studio.

Training

Following successful commissioning of the system, TBN provided two days’ training for Fiji TV staff in the key aspects of operation and maintenance at each site.

Project Management

All TBN projects are run to a stringent and proven Project Management Methodology, that consists of a detailed Project Management Plan, Communication Management Plan, Progress Reporting Process, Risk Management, Variation management, Lessons Learned Log, Delivery Schedule tracking and concludes with an agreed Delivery System Acceptance Test Report and provision of the agreed training materials.

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"I have found TBNNZ team to be qualified and knowledgeable, and that makes a great partner for us. They were prompt and were always happy to help with any hosting questions. TBNNZ has shown great professionalism and they gave me exactly what FijiTV needed at the best price!”

Clint Ah. Sam, FijiTV