Monday, June 04, 2012

Digitalization of AIR network

Excerpt from Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of india, Annual
Report 2011-12 ....

Digitalization of AIR network is one of the Major Thrust Areas of draft
11th Plan. Government has approved the scheme of AIR Digitalization of
Transmitters, Studios Connectivity in AIR Network at a cost of 898.32
crores. This includes the following:
- Digitalization of 98 studios & connectivity.

- Replacement of 31 old MW Transmitters by new DRM MW Transmitter at
Existing Stations.
- Upgradation of MW DRM Tr. with Captive Power Plant at Arunachal-China
Border at three places.

- Replacement of 10 kw. MW Mobile by MW DRM Tr. at six places.
- Conversion of 36 compatible MW Tr. to DRM Mode.

- New 1 kW/5 kw. FM digital compatible Tr. at 24 places.
- 100 Watt FM Digital Compatible Tr. at 100 locations for extending FM
coverage in uncovered rural and semi urban areas (at existing AIR/LPT sites
of DD) and connectivity.

- Replacement of old FM Trs. at remote and border areas at 34 locations
with the same power & six nos. of 1 kW MW Trs. by 10 kW FM Trs.

- Replacement of five SW Tr. by DRM SW Tr.

- Augmentation of Archival facility at Delhi & creation of Archival
facility at Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata & Hyderabad.

- Augmentation of 44 existing New Units and Creation of seven New Regional
News Units.
- Opening of New-on-Phone service from 16 places & augmentation of existing
News-on Phone services at 13 places.
- Digital Studio Tr. links.

- Three New Captive Earth Stations at Tiruchirapalli, Madurai & Dharwad.
(Source : Govt. of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Annual
Report, 2011-12)

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi