PROGIRA® plan in India

Acrodyne announces sale of PROGIRA® plan software to ONE Media 3.0/Saankhya Labs partnership, India

(April 4, 2017) – Baltimore, MD. Acrodyne Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, is pleased to announce the supply of PROGIRA® plan broadcast network planning software, with ATSC 3.0 and 1.0, and DVB-T2 options, to the recently announced ONE Media 3.0/Saankhya Labs partnership.

Formed to begin the development of a “Mobile First” ATSC 3.0+ chipset that supports global standards, the partnership intends to leverage Saankhya Labs’ software defined technology to accelerate the development of chipsets in anticipation of FCC approval of ATSC 3.0 in the US later in 2017.  On the cusp of possible privatization, the Indian Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) sector also represents a huge opportunity for application of this Next Generation standard, and Saankhya Labs plan to use PROGIRA® plan to study deployment in that country.

“We are delighted to support this exciting development activity for ATSC 3.0 in India in parallel with our own efforts to bring the new standard to the US broadcast market” said Andy Whiteside, General Manager of Acrodyne Services and President of Dielectric. “The underlying flexibility of the standard, including “Mobile First” use cases, offers opportunities to evolve beyond “just TV” to meet the unique needs of large markets like the United States and India and PROGIRA® plan is a powerful tool to evaluate true reception probabilities in real world broadcast deployments”.

“PROGIRA® plan augments our systems engineering capabilities in becoming a comprehensive solutions provider to the Indian and global markets.  It allows us, for example, to recommend the optimum network design choices for Single Frequency Network and gap-filler architectures for robust indoor coverage in markets that will collectively account for almost a billion mobile devices,” said Parag Naik, CEO of Saankhya Labs.  “This will help drive down infrastructure costs at the same time maintaining service quality.”