Saturday, April 02, 2011

Bangladesh Betar plans new shortwave transmitter

DMN Newswire--2011-3-31--Thomson Broadcast today announced that Bangladesh Betar, the Bangladeshi national radio network, is to install a new shortwave transmitter and rotatable antenna from Thomson Broadcast, to extend the reach of its service to the Middle East, Central Asia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Indian subcontinent. The new transmitter and antenna installation will be located at the Kabirpur Shortwave Station, about 40 km north of the capital Dhaka, and is scheduled to be operational by September 2011 while the antenna is planned to be on air by spring 2012.

Thomson Broadcast is supplying a 250 kW TSW 2300D shortwave transmitter, together with the rotatable HP-RCA 2/2/0.5 shortwave antenna system. This configuration will allow Bangladesh Betar to increase its coverage to the diaspora of Bangladeshi workers abroad who rely on Bangladesh Betar for home news and other entertainment programs in their own language. The installation is being carried out in collaboration with Bangladesh-based distributor and systems integrator Triwave Network Ltd.

Bangladesh Betar already operates a range of Thomson Broadcast shortwave and medium-wave transmitters, including the S7HP 1000-kW MW transmitter supplied in 2009 for domestic national coverage. The new shortwave installation at Kabirpur will allow broadcasts to reach target areas between 1000 and 4000 km in any direction, and includes Thomson's latest generation of technology for greater energy efficiency and Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) capability. (Digital
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