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DD to upgrade digital broadcast infrastructure with Scopus

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MUMBAI: Scopus Network Technologies which supplied digital platforms to FIFAs 2002 World Cup has announced that national broadcaster Doordarshan, has once again selected Scopus' digital broadcast platforms to further upgrade its digital broadcast infrastructure.

An official release informs that Scopus digital broadcast platforms are being used to expand the existing nationwide terrestrial transmission system and will be used throughout the country for the re-distribution of TV signals from digital to analogue.

During the first half of the year, Scopus will supply over 1,000 professional Integrated Receiver Decoders (IRD-2800) to Doordarshan for operation at hundreds of reception sites throughout the country.

Doordarshans first order with Scopus and its strategic partner in India, Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), a major manufacturer of professional and strategic electronic equipment under the Indian ministry of defence production, was in March 2002. Scopus and BEL are again working together to supply and integrate this new contract for Scopus professional IRDs.

The release states that Scopus digital platforms include special features to meet Doordarshans technical specifications. These include the integration of audio/video monitoring at the front panel and multiple satellite reception inputs. Doordarshans new platforms will be used for redistribution of television programmes on the nationwide terrestrial transmission network.

Scopus' sales director Arie Vered was quoted as saying, "Doordarshans second contract with Scopus represents a milestone in our growth and shows that our strategic focus on India is correct. Scopus is proud that meeting their specific technical needs as well as their stringent delivery schedule was what set us apart from the competition. We are moving forward with our plans in India to provide top quality, cost-effective platforms."

The release informs that Scopus Network Technologies provides MPEG-2 and DVB video distribution architecture that enable professional broadcasters to make a quick and smooth transition to the digital age. Based on over 20 years of extensive research and expertise in digital compression algorithm development, Scopus solutions provide superior flexibility at the highest quality and cost-performance.

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