Development of national Broadcast Frequency Plan for Seychelles

Creation of Community Radio Frequency Plan for Community Radio Broadcasting and Review of FM Frequency Plan for the Seychelles Department of Information Communication Technology (DICT).

Scope of Work:

  • Create radio-frequency plan for community radio broadcasting services in the radiofrequency band 87.5 – 108 MHz
  • Perform field strength and coverage analysis/simulation using CHIRplus_BC broadcast planning software during the creation of the radio-frequency plan.
  • Investigate site location changes in existing frequency plan.

Planning for FM expansion and DTT Implementation in Ethiopia

LS of South Africa was appointed by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to perform broadcast planning for FM expansion and DTT implementation in Ethiopia.
The purpose of the consultancy work is to plan the frequencies to be assigned to the Broadcasting Service, and the scope of work is as follows:

  • Establish technical standards for broadcasting equipment
  • Define the basic FM broadcast planning standards for Ethiopia
  • Define the basic DTT broadcast planning standards for Ethiopia
  • Define FM frequency requirement for Ethiopia with the input of EBA
  • Define DTT and Analogue TV frequency requirement for Ethiopia with the input of EBA
  • Identify FM frequencies in accordance with the requirement of EBA
  • Identify DTT and Analogue TV frequencies in accordance with the requirement of EBA
  • Provide training to EBA engineering personnel in order to assist them to perform frequency planning and management functions as required by the regulator.
  • Develop Policy direction for most convenient digital broadcast migration in Ethiopia;
  • Suggest the coordination and registration of the plan.

Develop a DTT technical implementation plan for Malawi

LS of South Africa was appointed by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to develop a new DTT technical implementation plan for Malawi.
The scope of work included:

  • To design appropriate Digital Television Transmission (DTT) network and structures for successful migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting for Malawi.
  • Situation analysis of the existing infrastructure for digital migration, existing institutional framework and current network distribution;
  • Design and costing of the digital broadcasting system taking into account the national content contribution network, Multiplexing including conditional access options, distribution and the transmission system for national coverage;
  • Production of the digital TV roll out plan and migration strategies for the country for various services and to include radio stations in the multiplex;
  • Review end user reception equipment; pricing and support to ensure universal access;
  • Review the satellite distribution network for viability and upgrading requirements with due consideration to the translation between the satellite and terrestrial services for use for both analogue and digital distribution of broadcasts to re-broadcast terrestrial sites as well as for direct to home (DTH) services with recommendations for the appropriate receiver equipment.
  • Review cover options and recommendations for the DVB T2 Digital Television national infrastructure and services with solutions for the programming content contributions from across the country, the multiplexing, distribution and the national transmission requirements with due consideration to backup and redundancy systems for reliability.