DTT Network and Frequency planning

PROGIRA® academy provides a custom five-day course in network and frequency planning, network design, network design and measurements.

Course objectives

This training course aims at providing theoretical and practical knowledge on the digital TV standards, in particular the DVB-T/T2 systems. The frequency and network planning process is dealt with in detail, the steps and network options as well an overview of the different tools needed to successfully plan a DTT network.

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

Duration: 5 days

Target groups: Operators and broadcast planning engineers.

Prerequisities: Basic knowledge of radio communication technology

Participants: Up to 20 people

Language: English

Location: Onsite training or client premises

Lecturers: Mats Ek, Technical Director PROGIRA

Course content

The course covers the following subjects:​

1. Network planning overview

  • Overview of course
  • DTTV Overview (introduction)
  • Overview of the planning process
  • Quick – Country overview

2. Basic DTTV 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. Radio Wave propagation basics

  • 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