Amsterdam, September 8, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) announced today that it will provide RAI Way – a business unit of RAI, the Italian national TV broadcaster – with a full Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) backbone transport network for video contribution and distribution throughout Italy. Based on Alcatel’s new optical data-aware technology, the network will allow RAI Way to offer a more expansive catalog of radio-TV channels such as cultural entertainment and public interest channels in addition to the existing educational broadcasts. Advanced multimedia services, rich and innovative experimentation of interactive services, as well as new content provider broadcasts will be supported.
The optical multi-service network to be deployed by Alcatel will enable RAI Way to migrate from analog TV to DTT, thus delivering more powerful multiplexing capabilities for video broadcast. As a result, the number of video signals that RAI Way’s distribution network can transport is dramatically increased – from 1 TV channel up to 5 TV channels per frequency, along with additional audio channels and data services – while minimizing the infrastructure costs and simplifying network operations. For the end-users, this means that a broader range of video content services including movie format (16:9), sport events or documentaries in high-definition can be enjoyed with the highest image and sound quality comparable to that of a DVD.
The Alcatel end-to-end solution is based on its Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) equipped with a unique and innovative card for aggregating ASI video signals – the Integrated Service Adapter (ISA)-Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) ASI*. The video signals are transported over the contribution network linking TV studios nationwide via the backbone network. These signals are then distributed through the broadcast network, counting 2,300 centers, using Alcatel’s 9600 LSY SDH microwave radio equipment, which is widely deployed in the backbone networks of telecom carriers and TV broadcasters worldwide. Furthermore, the Alcatel solution provides RAI Way with advanced Ethernet data connectivity to support internal IT applications.
The cooperation with RAI confirms Alcatel’s commitment to work with its customers and jointly conceive advanced solutions meeting their stringent end-user requirements,” said Romano Valussi, president of Alcatel’s optical networking activities. “With this new card, Alcatel further helps every type of customer transport every type of digital video signal in a tailored, optimized and cost-effective way.”
The project follows the successful implementation of a metropolitan network based on the Alcatel 1696 Metrospan in Rome for video signal encoding. The Alcatel 1350 management suite will manage both the new and existing equipment, including the SDH microwave radio systems.
*Asynchronous Serial Interface
About the ISA-DVB ASI
The new Alcatel ISA-DVB ASI enables the transport of Digital Video over terrestrial, cable and mobile networks as well as via satellite. This new Alcatel’s development offers a package for the transport of DVB signals, currently including the ISA-ATM and Ethernet cards. Already standardized by the ITU-T body, this card complements the existing range of ISA plug-ins that can equip Alcatel’s Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems. The new ISA (DVB) ASI card, specifically developed for RAI can now be adapted to other operator networks.
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks; applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion and 56,000 employees in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.
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