Australia was one of the first countries in the world to launch digital terrestrial television broadcast services
The National Transmission Agency, and then Broadcast Australia spearheaded field trials of the new standards and helped pioneer digital network design, implementation and management ready for the government-mandated switch-on date of 1 January 2001.
Since this time, Broadcast Australia has continued to strengthen its position as a digital broadcast leader. Significant achievements include:
Rolling out a national digital TV network covering 774 ABC and SBS services, providing 98.6% coverage of the Australian population and offering the Broadcasters the opportunity to deliver more channels at better picture and sound quality to their audiences.
Significant achievements include:
- Participating in high-profile trials of emerging digital technologies, including mobile TV and 3D TV, both in Australia and internationally.
- Implementing the final phase of the digital switchover program, which involved turning off analogue services and transition to digital only television.
- In 2014, delivering ahead of time and within budget the significant project to restack all TV transmission services in Australia to allow spectrum to be sold to the mobile phone carriers – spanning 1,476 digital television transmission services nationwide.
Restacking the Spectrum
In October 2012, Broadcast Australia was engaged by the Department of Communications as the Program Implementation Manager (PIM) for the Federal Government’s Spectrum Restack Program.
In May 2015, this work was recognised with the Project of the Year award from the Project Management Institute (PMI) Australian Chapters.
Read Restack case study.
Tackling terrestrial 3D TV
In 2010, Broadcast Australia supported SBS and Nine Network Australia in a landmark trial of free-to-air 3D television. A temporary licence was awarded jointly to both broadcasters for delivery of the 2010 State of Origin Series between NSW and Queensland, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 3D.
Broadcast Australia provided the broadcast transmission infrastructure for these services in Sydney and Perth, and supported the establishment of trial broadcast systems in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. All five services were integrated with our NOC in Sydney. For the duration of the two-month trial, the NOC provided 24-hour monitoring and control of the transport stream to ensure integrity of the 3D TV signal.
The world’s first terrestrial 3D TV transmission took place at Sydney and Brisbane on 19 May 2010, followed by the broadcast of all three State of Origin matches and around 15 World Cup soccer matches. The 3D content was well received by those with 3D TVs around the country, providing important insight into the fledgling 3D TV industry.
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