Arabsat and Rohde & Schwarz build IP-based DTH platform for ONT Tunisia

Future transition to HEVC and UHD-TV is possible with minimal extra hardware
Rohde & Schwarzs AVHE 100 encoding and multiplexing solution is fully IP-based.
Rohde & Schwarzs AVHE 100 encoding and multiplexing solution is fully IP-based.


Rohde & Schwarz has been selected to design, install and commission a Tunisian broadcast platform on Arabsat Badr-4 at 26°E, which became fully operational in October. Arabsat and ONT signed an agreement earlier this year to launch the platform. 

Working closely with Arabsat, R&S has installed its AVHE100 Headend solution for encoding and multiplexing 10 SD, two HD TV channels and 24 radio stations.

All design, installation, commissioning and training requirements were provided by Rohde & Schwarz's locally based team of specialist engineers. In addition, Turkey-based SVS supplied the platform’s Satellite Earth Station.

This new DTH platform operation enables Tunisian and regional broadcasters to have a direct access from Tunis to the growing 26°E neighbourhood with a coverage encompassing MENA and Western Europe. 

Rohde & Schwarz’s AVHE 100 encoding and multiplexing solution is fully IP-based, which creates significant efficiencies in terms of space and power saving. The R&S AVHE 100 headend solution can encode in MPEG2 and MPEG4 today and a future transition to HEVC and UHD-TV is possible with the addition of new software systems and minimal extra hardware. An important element of Rohde& Schwarz’s contract with Arabsat covers the provision of professional services. Through its local team of engineers and product specialists, R&S has provided headend factory acceptance testing and factory-based training as well as project management services. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz Middle East & Africa staff provided headend installation, onsite configuration and training of ONT engineers.

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