SwissMediaCast launches Two New Regional Digital Radio Networks using DAB+ Head-end equipment from VDL

Wednesday 8th January 2014
SwissMediaCast launches Two New Regional Digital Radio Networks using DAB+ Head-end equipment from VDL
1st January 2014 saw the launch of two new digital radio networks in the Berne/Freiburg area and in eastern Switzerland by SwissMediaCast AG (Wangen SZ, Switzerland).

SwissMediaCast selected VDL (Lyon, France) and Sumatronic AG (Unterägeri, Switzerland) to supply DAB+ Encoding, Multiplexing Head-end systems, plus installation and support services. The selection was made following extensive commercial and technical evaluations.

The two new transmission networks are the second phase in the roll-out a total of 5 regional DAB+ networks for the 3rd DAB-Layer in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, with the remaining two networks planned for launch in 2015/2016. The first network was launched on 1st December 2012, covering the Zurich, Aargau and Schaffhausen areas.

VDL’s Swiss partner, Sumatronic AG, played a major role in SwissMediaCast’s decision to use VDL Head- end equipment, due to their extensive broadcast systems experience, technical competence and local support capabilities.

The VDL DAB+ Multiplexers are located at the SwissMediaCast Playout Centre in Zurich, alongside the existing VDL DAB+ Multiplexers of the first phase DAB+ networks. DAB+ Audio Encoders are located at the radio stations studios and connected to the Playout Centre via dedicated IP networks.

Hans Strassmann, CTO of SwissMediaCast commented: "VDL was able to provide excellent international references, while Sumatronic has the experience and capability to provide the best possible service to SwissMediaCast. So, we have both a technically advanced and very cost-effective solution for our customers and our Company. By 2016, five regional DAB+ networks in the entire German-speaking area of Switzerland will be on-air.”

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