Upu Mana Television Upgrades to Digital Ready with The Bridge Networks



Upu Mana Television Upgrades to Digital Ready with The Bridge Networks 


For immediate release:

Wellington 2 July 2014

Upu Mana Television, part of the Catholic Media Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Samoa, wanted to replace aging analogue transmission equipment located at UMTV’s Mulivai studio and on Mt Vaea covering Apia, and also establish a new transmitter at Mt Fiamoe. The two high sites were to be fed via off air linking from the Mulivai transmitter, and all equipment was required to be digital ready, in keeping with the government plan to implement digital television in the next four years.  Reliability was of paramount importance and so redundant configurations for the two high sites were specified, so that in the event of a failure in the main transposer, program would switch automatically to the standby chain.

The Bridge Networks was already known as a highly credible provider of cost-effective TV Transmission and Linking equipment to customers in NZ and the Pacific Islands, with a number of projects having been managed, installed and commissioned by their own staff.

Its sister company connection with TV studio and infrastructure company Gencom Technology, with which UMTV had an ongoing relationship, also meant TBN came highly recommended.

Coverage predictions were carried out by TBN’s antenna supplier Telecommunicazioni Aldena to confirm the transmitter powers and antenna designs.  TBN then carried out a two day site survey prior to ordering equipment from Aldena and transmitter manufacturer Screen Service Broadcasting Technologies.  Integration of the transmitters into rack cabinets and pre-install testing and configuration was carried out at TBN’s Wellington workshop, then all equipment was shipped by sea to Apia for installation by TBN with assistance from UMTV staff.

Upu Mana’s brief for The Bridge Networks was to improve the reliability and reach of the transmission covering Apia and extend coverage to the South‐East and South‐West of Upolu Island and the South‐East part of the island of Savaii. 

Upu Mana’s transmission can now be received over a much wider area than before and with much improved quality and reliability.

Upu Mana TV is very pleased with its investment and is looking forward to engaging The Bridge Networks in further expanding its network to cover the whole of Samoa.

Upu Mana TV’s Tuu’u Tofaeono said,  “In view of the professionalism shown by The Bridge Networks in the delivery and implementation of their services, as well as the high quality of their equipment, I am recommending The Bridge Networks to other TV operators in the country. The Bridge Networks is definitely the company to engage in their future improvement projects." 


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About The Bridge Networks

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, The Bridge Networks has been providing RF transmission and linking services to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands since the late 1990s. The company offers complete system integration services including design, engineering, installation, and support; and also offers a large range of products from leading global vendors of television, radio, microwave, and satellite communications technology.

The Bridge Networks is part of a group of companies that includes Broadcast ONE and Gencom Technology