Germany's ARD Broadcasters select VDL Multiplexers for DAB+ Networks

Friday 7th September 2012
Germany's ARD Broadcasters select VDL Multiplexers for DAB+ Networks
VDL (Lyon, France) have supplied their all-in-one Multiplexer D-VAUDAX to most of Germany’s ARD consortium of public broadcasters as part of regional deployment of DAB+ networks.

The complete head-end systems, comprising Audio Encoders, Ensemble Multiplexers, PAD-Servers, ETI Switches and ETI Monitors were supplied by VDL’s partner AVT (Nuremberg, Germany), who also handled the installation, system integration and training.

The ARD (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) consortium’s broadcasting institutions operate 54 regional and local radio stations and seven regional TV networks,

BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk) was the first ARD broadcaster to deploy VDL multiplexers, when they launched their first DAB transmitter network in March 2010.  BR’s operational experience of the VDL Multiplexer’s ability for a scalable system to meet their audio, data services and redundancy requirements, as well as the level of support from AVT and VDL, were instrumental in the decisions of other ARD broadcasters to adopt similar systems.

The 7 ARD broadcasters that are using the VDL D-VAUDAX Multiplexer are: BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk); MDR (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk); NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk); RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg); SR (Saarländischer Rundfunk); SWR (Südwestrundfunk) and WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk).

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