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DVB-T2: single frequency network in Aosta Valley

Completed project

In 2012, with the activation of the DVB-T2 transmitter of Aosta-Gerdaz on the UHF channel 53 (40W power of the device, ERP 173W, coverage of the Aosta valley between Nus and Saint Pierre and some side valleys), it was started an intense campaign of measures aimed at checking the system in the service area through a series of surveys carried out using an equipped mobile vehicle. The site has been set up of the coding and multiplexing chain and the gateway which, via SDH digital radio links, supplies the data and / or memory flow (s), thanks to the use of GPS, the time and frequency information required for synchronization of the Aosta network.

Several configurations of the modulation scheme have been evaluated, finally focusing on the following: constellation 256QAM, FEC ¾, FFT 32k, Tg 1/128, Pilot Pattern PP7, Bandwidth extended, rotated constellation. This configuration, which was later also used during DVB-T2 lite tests for the DVB-T2 base part of the transmission, guarantees a useful bit rate of about 45 Mbit/s.

At the beginning of 2013 a second transmitter was activated at Saint Vincent-Salirod with a power of 100W, ERP 627W. These levels cover the area west of Saint Vincent to the gates of Aosta and the south to Arnad.

The zone of intersection of coverage of the two transmitters is located between west Aosta and Nus. To avoid interference beyond the guard interval (28 micro seconds for the mode used) a static delay of 45 micro seconds was introduced on the Aosta-Gerdaz transmitter. In this way, the whole area of ??intersection of the signals is protected from intersymbolic interference.

Measurements in the service area have been carried out in some fixed test points with the use of a means equipped with an extending pole up to 15m. To determine the field level at the receiving point, the stratification method was used at height, pointing the antenna (directive) on the individual transmitters; at the same time, the margin of reception at the threshold of visibility of errors relating to the measurement point was verified. The margin of reception shown on the map is net of the insertion losses of the reception system which are evaluated in 9 dB.

Preliminary results lead to say that in the service area the electromagnetic field levels guarantee a coverage as per project with wide reception margins.

More information

Authors: Andrea Bertella, Vittoria Mignone, Silvio Ripamonti, Bruno Sacco, Mirto Tabone



  • ETSI EN 302 755. V1.3.1. Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Frame structure channel coding and modulation for a second generation digital terrestrial television broadcasting system (DVB-T2). European Telecommunications Standards Institute. 2012
  • A. Bertella, A. Gallo, S. Ripamonti, M. Tabone, 2013. DVB-T2 e DVB-T2 Lite: la sperimentazione in Valle d’Aosta. Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni. Dicembre 2013. pp. 12 to 34



Andrea Bertella, Arturo Gallo, Silvio Ripamonti, Mirto Tabone – DVB-T2 e DVB-T2 Lite: la sperimentazione in Valle d’Aosta, “Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni”, Anno LXII, Numero 3, Dicembre 2013, pp 12-34

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