TV transmission to Jaffna upgraded

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

Deputy Director (Engineering) of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Rohan Perera said that they had already been able to upgrade the quality of Television visuals, to viewers in the Northern Province, by conforming to the government policy of converting from Analog to Digital by utilizing the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB- T2) transmission tower at Kokavil.

Chairman of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Mohan Samaranayake said yesterday that they had already carried out the conversion in the Northern Province and Television viewers could expect high quality visuals.

Rohan Perera said "We have to educate dealers, who import TV receivers and ancillary equipment, that they need to import digital equipment necessary for the viewers in the Northern Province to receive better quality visuals following the conversion from Analog to Digital."

Currently, we are able to provide services as far as 60 to 70 kilometers in the Northern Province by using Set Top Box (STB) which converts Digital transmission Signals relayed by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation into Analog so that those viewers who had converted to digital TVs could watch programmes on their old Analog TV sets.

Perera said that once the transmissions were converted to Digital there would be many frequencies lying free as one could watch many programmes on one single channel and release a lot of spectrum for other services, especially for more mobile operators to provide services.

The Director Spectrum TRCSL Ranatunga said yesterday that 42 frequencies had been allocated to FM Radio stations, 24 TV channels, three satellite TV channels Satcom, Satnet and Dialog and cable TV networks such as City Cable Links Pvt. Ltd and the Lanka Broadband Network.

The General Manager of Independent Television Networks Aruna Wijesinghe said that as the conversion was costly and they were sharing the cost of the Antenna, Transmitters and the Cable with the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation so that they could provide better services to the viewers in the Northern Province.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information S. B. Ganegala said that the government needed to get a few matters on guidelines for the conversion rectified before the conversion could take place in the Western Province.

"Whilst we have issued licenses to five or six cable TV operators, we have received information that some of them were functioning illegally and hope to crack down on them shortly.

Ganegala said that at present all the 55 frequencies had been issued to operators and following the conversion to digital system there would be sufficient frequencies left.

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