Arqiva builds satellite distribution network to enable Freesat in UK
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Arqiva has been awarded a contract by the BBC to help bring Freesat, the free-to-air digital TV platform, to air by March 2008. Arqiva will support the creation of the new service, which will complement existing digital TV platforms, ensuring that viewers across the whole of the UK can gain access to digital television without the need for a subscription, at and prior to Digital Switch Over.

“We work closely with Arqiva to uplink services for our BBC DSat 3 and DSat 7 DTH platforms, which host the majority of our interactive services, so we know of the company’s capabilities when it comes to supporting our satellite network requirements,” said Alan Boyle, Head of Distribution Operations, BBC. “The team knows our infrastructure and the people involved, so this made it a lot easier to develop the right end-to-end solution for the Freesat platform.”

“This will be a major digital platform in the UK and we have worked very closely with the BBC to get it right,” said John Bozza, Director of Broadcast Sales, Arqiva Satellite Media Solutions. “When we reach the time for Digital Switchover in the UK it’s vital that every household is able to receive free digital TV, which is why this project is a key part of the nation’s digital TV offering and supplements the new high-power digital terrestrial network that will deliver Freeview services to 98.5% of UK viewers via a normal aerial.”

(Source: Arqiva)