Digital TV Network and Frequency Planning

Digital TV Network and Frequency Planning

Learning Objectives

This training course aims at providing theoretical and practical knowledge on the digital TV standards, such as DVB-T/T2, ATSC 3.0 or ISDB-T2 systems.  The frequency and network planning process is dealt with in detailed. Discover the steps and network options as well an overview of the different tools required, such as PROGIRA plan,  to successfully plan a digital terrestrial TV (DTT) network.

After completing this course, delegates will have a good overview of the whole network planning process and the possibilities related to DTT.

Course Content

The course covers the following subjects:​

1. An overview of Digital Terrestrial TV Network Planning

  • Overview of course
  • Introducing Digital Terrestrial TV Network Planning
  • Overview of the planning process
  • Quick – Country overview

2. Basic of Digital Terrestrial TV Network Planning

  • DVB-T2 particularities and digital Systems
  • Planning parameters
  • Calculation of minimum field strength calculation

3. Frequency plan – International agreements

  • The GE 06 Frequency plan
  • Implication of GE06 plan
  • Examples of Plan entries
  • DVB-T2 in GE06
  • Plan replanning issues and strategies

4. Basic of Radio Wave Propagation

  • Different Prediction models
  • Area General Models
  • Terrain based
  • 3D models

5. Radio Wave propagation basics

  • General principles of softwareDatabases used in network planning
  • Handling of maps and databases
  • Introduction of the ProgiraPlan Planning software
  • Demo Planning software

6. Planning of SFNs

  • SFN Theory
  • Important parameters in SFNs
  • System aspects related to DVB-T/T2
  • SFN – Self interference analysis of SFNs
  • SFN optimisation
  • Use of SFN gapfillers
  • Examples of SFN

7. Tx Station Characteristics

  • Combiners
  • Transmitter distribution network,
  • Multiplexers
  • Examples/discussion
  • Tx station characteristics
  • Different types of Antennas
  • Combiners dimensioning examples

8. Coverage measurements and network verification

  • Why measure coverage?
  • Antenna measurements and verifications
  • Coverage measurements
  • Drive test- Demo
  • Presentation and analysis

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