As one of the fastest growing terrestrial channel in the Philippines, TV5 Network Inc, also known as The 5 Network or simply 5, has begun the digital shift to ISDB-T (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting – Terrestrial). This latest development is to meet the migration plans agreed in 2007, and most importantly, offer their viewers high-definition digital TV services. The 5 Network is one of the largest public broadcasters in the Philippines, with TV services available in most parts of the country. We are extremely proud to have 5 Network chosen PROGIRA® plan, PROGIRA’s flagship broadcast network planning software, to optimize their coverage of the ISDB-T networks across the Philippines during their process of digital roll-out. Philippines has adopted the ISDB-T standards since 2011. Several countries, such as Brazil, and Venezuela, also uses the ISDB-T standard. Since a significant number of PROGIRA plan users are from Brazil, it is an excellent planning tool which is well-adapted to the ISDB-T standard, as well as to the Philippines.
Aimed to achieve broadcasters’ network coverage requirements with accurate network coverage simulations and interference detection, PROGIRA is confident that The 5 Network’s choice of PROGIRA plan over their previous analogue planning software, will fast-track the network digitization process. With many broadcasters adopting SFN (single frequency networks) due to its many advantages, The 5 Network’s network planners will definitely benefit from PROGIRA plan’s SFN optimization features when designing and implementing SFN. Early in March this year, PROGIRA has already conducted a three-day training with TV5’s broadcast planning experts within the premises of The 5 Network in Metro Manila. This is a joint effort with 90 degrees North – PROGIRA’s partner in the Philippines – who are instrumental in making the training a success. The training which included coverage mapping exercises with real data, SFN optimization and RF planning simulations, will give broadcast network planners of The 5 Network a great headstart in their digital roll-out strategy.