SKY ITALIA SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES THROUGHPUT WITH NEWTEC’S EQUALINK® PREDISTORTION SOLUTION
MILANO, Italy, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 5 September 2011. Sky Italia, one of the most important DTH providers in Europe, has used Newtec’s Equalink® DVB-S/S2 predistortion solution in connection with its innovative transmission solution, already filed as patent. The installation has resulted in a 10 per cent performance increase, equating to an additional two channels on each of its 23 transponders.
Italian-based Communication Video Engineering supported Sky Italia throughout the implementation of Newtec Modulators and Newtec’s Equalink®
DVB-S/S2 predistortion systems.
Equalink provides significant improvements by predistorting the modulated signal to compensate for linear degradations generated by filters and non-linear degradations generated by satellite transponder amplifiers.
Sky Italia Innovation and Engineering Manager Massimo Bertolotti said that having trialled other solutions, Equalink impressed the team by making sizable improvements of 80 Mbit/s in total.
“Using this solution we can transmit the signal closer to the saturation of the transponder and closer to the edge of the transponder frequency range. As a result, more power and more throughput are available, and therefore more channels and services for our customers,” Bertolotti said.
Serge van Herck, CEO of Newtec, said the solution is designed to help Sky Italia and other DTH providers who are competing against an increasing number of alternative media providers. “Equalink has demonstrated its ability to increase the link efficiency for Sky Italia enabling it to offer even more value to its customers,” Van Herck said.
Van Herck added: “Equalink allows Sky Italia to optimise its satellite transponder usage and increase the transponder value. Also, by using this solution Sky Italia is able to provide maximum performance – even on the edge of its footprint.”
Equalink, as well as Sky Italia’s innovative invention, can be used in conjunction with any standard satellite set-top box. Equalink is available as an option on Newtec’s industry leading Azimuth modulators, a professional satellite equipment series used by leading broadcasters, satellite and telecom operators world-wide.
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. To find out about Sky’s innovative invention and the terms and conditions of its usage, contact Sky Italia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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is the Italian pay-TV owned by News Corporation Limited. Launched in 2003 it has grown so rapidly as to reach 4,970,000 subscribers, as of June, 2011. SKY currently offers more than 190 thematic and pay per view channels, of which 37 are in HD, with a rich offer of cinema, sport, news, entertainment and programs for children. Thanks to the recent agreement signed with Fastweb you can also match Sky’s satellite television offer with the broadband internet and landline services of the telecommunication operator equipped with the most cutting edge network in Italy. You can access Sky’s offer via IP-TV too, and there is a selection of specific channels broadcast via Tv Mobile services
specializes in the installation, commissioning and support of turnkey systems for broadcast and post-production. With offices in Rome and Milan, CVE’s technical staff cover the whole Italian territory and support any kind of project or equipment.