GatesAir Brings Over-The-Air Leadership Message to BroadcastAsia 2019

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, returns to BroadcastAsia with a broader product portfolio foremerging low-power and digital broadcasting opportunities throughout the region. In addition to its existing range of Maxiva and Flexiva transmitters, the company will also highlight new TV and DAB Radio transmitters procured through its acquisition of ONEtastic. New innovations include the debut ofa weatherized pole-mounted TV transmitter built to deliver high-performance, low-power and gap-filler solutions in challenging outdoor environments.

BroadcastAsia 2019 also marks the regional debut of new Maxiva TV (10 W to 2kW) and Flexiva FM radio transmitters (7.5 kW) introduced at NAB in April. GatesAir will demonstrate a broad range of its high-efficiency UHF, VHF, DAB and FM transmitters across all power levels, with an emphasis on guiding broadcasters through complex digital transitions and refreshing analog infrastructure. The company’s software-defined Maxiva XTE exciter will be at the center of all digital TV demonstrations, offering broadcasters a path to any digital standard while optimizing performance and stability.

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GatesAir will round out its BroadcastAsia 2019 presence with its latest Intraplex audio contribution and distribution solutions, including its new IT-based Ascent Audio over IP platform. Receiving its regional debut, Intraplex Ascent represents the latest in broadcast and IT convergence, and is GatesAir’s first Intraplex system to live on a COTS x86 server. Ascent provides broadcasters with a highly scalable, redundant and cloud-based transport platform for multichannel contribution and distribution. Designed for centralized control and maximum interconnectivity, Ascent is compliant with the AES67 standard, today’s leading AoIP networking solutions, and most Intraplex Audio over IP codecs.

GatesAir’s problem-solving approach will be a common theme across all exhibits and demonstrations, with a focus on helping customers reduce operational costs, add new services, and transition to more efficient platforms. Chief among these include embracing the flexible capabilities of single-frequency networking (SFN) for TV and radio broadcasting, and leveraging IP as a primary transport method for audio and data.

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“GatesAir has spent the last six months aggressively growing its global presence, both throughinternational team expansion and the strategic acquisition of ONEtastic,” said Rich Redmond, President and Managing Director, International for GatesAir. “We are excited to bring our message of low total cost of ownership, innovative problem-solving, and strong service and support toBroadcastAsia as we prepare our customers for the next generation of over-the-air broadcast opportunities worldwide.”

GatesAir exhibits at Stand 4Q3-01 at BroadcastAsia 2019, which takes place June 18-20 at Suntec Singapore.

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GatesAir Continues Spectrum Repack Dominance with 300th Transmitter Shipment

GatesAir today fortifies its market leading repack transmitter position with the delivery of its 300th repack transmitter. WPCB-TV, a Cornerstone Television station serving the Pittsburgh market, took delivery of its new Maxiva ULXTE-50 liquid-cooled transmitter late last week.WPCB has been repacked from Channel 50 to Channel 28, and will transmit at 31.7 kW from its new frequency beginning August 2.

GatesAir’s leadership in repack sales and shipments continues unabated. To date, GatesAir has shipped 11,273 power amplifiers, which represents more than 6.4 Megawatts of transmission power.GatesAir has successfully met all shipping deadlines to date thanks to careful staffing and manufacturing initiatives put into place by Vice President of Operations Bryant Burke.

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GatesAir CEO Bruce D. Swail notes that GatesAir has also logged nearly 38 million amplifier in-service hours of repack projects, which provides a strong measurement of reliability and performance for GatesAir customers. All GatesAir transmitters are made in the USA at the company’s Quincy, Illinois manufacturing center.

“With the most cutting-edge power amplification tech in the market, our Maxiva transmitters have accumulated an impressive number of in-service pallet hours that continues to climb, solidifying ourreputation for high performance and unmatched reliability,” said Swail. “Combined with on-time deliveries, transmitter site consultations and unparalleled customer service, GatesAir continues as the leading and most trusted supplier of repack transmitters and services.”

WPCB was granted a power increase for its Phase 4 repack assignment. Steve Johnson, VP Operations for Cornerstone Television, points to GatesAir’s customer support and high-efficiency solid-state technology as key deciding factors. The transition from tube to solid-state will eliminate costly tube maintenance, and provide a high-efficiency platform to offset utility costs from the station’spower increase.

Johnson also purchased a Maxiva VAXTE-6L air-cooled transmitter for WKBS-TV in the Altoona/Johnstown, PA market. WKBS, a full satellite of WPCB, will be repacked from UHF Channel 46 to low-band VHF channel 6 in Phase 6.

“GatesAir is one of the few vendors to offer reliable repack transmitters for low-band VHF, and our engineers can leverage a common user interface to remotely monitor and manage both Maxiva transmitters,” said Johnson. “We are impressed with the strength of their customer service, and the heritage and longevity of the company. Support is always a phone call away in Quincy, which has made a positive and lasting impact. We look forward to a long relationship with GatesAir.”

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GatesAir Acquires ONEtastic

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, and a portfolio company of The Gores Group, today announced that it has acquired Onetastic S.r.l (ONEtastic), a leading provider of television and digital radio transmission systems.

Headquartered in Brescia, Italy, ONEtastic provides ingenious and easy to use television, digital radio,and RF systems to clients in the broadcast, telecom, scientific and government verticals. Founded in2010, ONEtastic has built a reputation as an innovator of reliable, compact, energy efficient transmitters ideally suited for broadcasters, network operators and government applications.ONEtastic’s strength in high-efficiency, low-power TV and DAB radio transmitters complements GatesAir’s broad range of transmission solutions, and will help GatesAir better address the needs of large-scale over-the-air networks worldwide.

The acquisition also strengthens GatesAir’s growing presence and visibility in Europe. GatesAir has aggressively expanded its global sales and business development teams worldwide since late 2018, including several new leadership positions created to serve the European market.

“The acquisition of ONEtastic underscores our commitment to the broadcast market and accelerates the investments we are making in our transmission portfolio,” said Bruce D. Swail, CEO of GatesAir. “The unique, innovative and award-winning products and technologies from ONEtastic add new capabilities to our portfolio and complement our transmission and transport platforms. The addition ofan experienced and highly talented research, development and services team from ONEtastic further expands our world-class engineering and support expertise to create new innovations for the broadcast segment and beyond. Their central European Union location strengthens our Internationalfootprint and commitment to global growth.”

GatesAir will retain the entire ONEtastic staff and its Brescia facility, which will continue operations as GatesAir S.r.l. Longtime ONEtastic CEO Luca Saleri will remain in a leadership role as General Managerof GatesAir S.r.l.

ONEtastic founder Carlo Bombelli will also be a key contributor to the GatesAir team moving forward.A globally recognized technical leader, Bombelli launched ONEtastic following his years as founder ofScreen Service Broadcasting Technologies, a former supplier of multi-standard digital broadcasting solutions in Italy. Bombelli has authored several patents through his innovations at ONEtastic, and is the primary force behind the company’s ingenious transmitter  designs.

“We have worked closely with GatesAir and their talented sales and engineering teams over the years,” said Bombelli. “Our combined strengths will allow the broader company to provide our customers with the industry’s most reliable, state-of-the-art transmission solutions that is backed by a global service network. We’re very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.”

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Bruce D. Swail, CEO of GatesAir

“GatesAir is strategically positioned to transform the media and entertainment industry throughinnovations in wireless content delivery and IP networking,” said Saleri. “We are thrilled to join theGatesAir team in empowering customers to wirelessly deliver content and maximize their spectrum with low total cost of ownership. GatesAir values our established global customer relationships, innovative growth platforms, broad product portfolio, and experienced team. They are committed to supporting our growth and innovation, and we look forward to our future together.”

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GatesAir Expands CALA Team with Sales and Business Development Leader

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has appointed Arturo Yarahuan as Sales Director, North for the Caribbean and Latin American (CALA) region. Reporting to Felipe Luna, Managing Director, CALA region, Yarahuan will focus on sales and business development across Mexico, Central America, theCaribbean and upper South America. He will also work closely with GatesAir’s regional partner network to increase GatesAir’s market share and brand visibility throughout his territory.

Yarahuan brings nearly 25 years of technology-focused sales experience to his role, having held positions of increasing responsibility in the broadcast, broadband and telecommunications markets, among other industries. He spent 10 years managing large telecom accounts with HarrisCorporation (the company from which GatesAir was born) and Alcatel Lucent earlier in his career, and later held similar leadership roles with Honeywell, NEC De Mexico, and Thales Mexico.

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Over the course of his career, Yarahuan has developed strong relationships with many of the region’s leading over-the-air broadcasters, including Televisa and TV Azteca – relationships he looks forward to further strengthening as broadcasters continue their digital TV and radio transitions.

“The broadcast workflow has increasingly converged with IT infrastructure, and this creates an excellent opportunity to work with many broadcasters in the region that I already have relationships with on the telecommunications side,” said Yarahuan. “There remains tremendous opportunity in CALA to help broadcasters find the most operationally efficient path to digital TV and radio, while also increasing over-the-air performance and creating new revenue generating opportunities for their content. GatesAir’s market-leading innovations in high-efficiency transmission and Audio over IP networking, as well as support for all digital standards, strongly position the company for success in CALA for years to come.”

Yarahuan adds that GatesAir’s reputation for strong customer service, both within the company and throughout its extensive in-country partner network, further elevates GatesAir’s value proposition as a reliable, full-service supplier.

“GatesAir continues to invest in professional resources worldwide to drive global business growth and prepare for the next generation of digital and IP transition opportunities in each region,” said RichRedmond, President and Managing Director, International for GatesAir. “We are proud to welcomeArturo to the GatesAir family, where he will work closely with Felipe Luna and our the rest of the CALA team to guide our customers through challenging transitions with problem-solving, next-generation TV and radio solutions.”

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GatesAir Takes Two Esteemed Awards for Intraplex® Ascent at 2019 NAB Show

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, departed Las Vegas last week with two prestigious industry awards for Intraplex Ascent, the industry’s first scalable, multichannel Audio over IP transport solution to address the convergence of broadcast operations with IT infrastructure. GatesAir took both awards for which Intraplex Ascent was under consideration: NAB Product of the Year and Future’s Best of Show Award, Presented by Radio World.

Intraplex Ascent offers a direct connection to traditional digital and analog audio interfaces, and is compliant with both the AES67 standard and today’s leading AoIP networking solutions. Ascent is available in two form factors: a 1RU server, with configurable options for physical and AES67 channels; and a software-only solution that operates in a virtualized container. The software-defined innovation is GatesAir’s first Intraplex system to live on a COTS x86 server, and provides broadcasters with a highly scalable, redundant and cloud-based transport platform for multichannel contribution and distribution.

Intraplex Ascent adds further value by allowing users to manage many Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) streams on a centralized platform – an industry-first in Audio over IP networking for broadcasters. To further strengthen stream robustness and reliability, Ascent integrates Dynamic Stream Splicing (DSS), an Intraplex technology that diversifies SRT data across redundant networks.

The NAB 2019 Product of the Year is an independently judged awards program by the NAB recognizing product innovation in 16 categories. The first official awards that recognize innovative new products at NAB Show, the program recognizes the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by Exhibitors at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

“Nominees like GatesAir are revolutionizing the way people experience media and entertainment,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “The 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards highlight the best of what’s new at the premier launchpad for breakthroughs at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology.”

Future’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts. They are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry and particularly the target readership of each specific publication.

“The Future Best of Show Awards at NAB are in their sixth year,” said Paul McLane, Future managing director, content for media technology titles. “The program focuses attention on superb innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2019 winners and nominees shows where media technology businesses are headed.”

Future’s Radio World publication is the definitive source for information on radio technology, radio industry news, management techniques, application-oriented engineering and new product information.

“As an early innovator of Audio over IP codecs and networking solutions for broadcasters, GatesAir is taking the next logical step for our customers with direct integration into the IT infrastructure,” said Bruce Swail, CEO, GatesAir. “We are exceptionally proud to be recognized by these industry-leading experts for our innovation, which we view as a significant first step in bringing the broadcast and IT worlds closer together for the benefit of our global customer base.”

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GatesAir and Foccus Digital Upgrade ISDB-Tb Transmitters for TV Record in Brazil

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, has closed another large ISDB-Tb digital TV deal in Brazil with Foccus Digital, GatesAir’s in-country partner. Foccus Digital will integrate and commission nine GatesAir ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitters for TV Record, one of the Brazilian’s largest broadcast networks, in key broadcast markets including Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Deliveries will begin in mid-April, with all nine transmitters on the air by May 1.

TV Record sought to improve operational efficiencies and performance across its ISDB-Tb network — characteristics that are lacking with transmitters from another vendor in use today, according to Cesar Donato, president of Foccus Digital. He adds that GatesAir’s careful design and professional engineering ensures that one attribute is not sacrificed for the other.

“Many transmitter vendors have built efficient transmitters that sacrifice performance, but GatesAir has brought a true convergence of efficiency and performance to market,” he said. “TV Record has been using transmitters from another vendor with a very low-efficiency rating of 13 percent. The ULXTE transmitter delivers a 300 percent improvement in efficiency, which will bring TV Record incredible savings in electricity, and provide a much more robust signal with exceptional MER (modulation error ratio) performance. There is really no comparison.”

The choice of liquid-cooled transmitters will bring additional cost and performance benefits. The medium and high-power transmitters, ranging from 3 kW to 11 kW, will substantially reduce cooling loads and air conditioning bills in Brazil’s high-temperature climate. GatesAir integrates a pump system with the ULXTE architecture to efficiently circulate liquid within the transmitters, and remove heat to the building exterior.

According to Donato, installation and commissioning will move swiftly thanks to the ULXTE’s modular design. This will ensure that Foccus Digital engineers can quickly build and test the transmitters on site, adding that GatesAir’s PowerSmart Plus architecture will significantly reduce weight and footprint.

“These are very compact transmitters compared to the current models installed, which take up four to six racks of space,” he said. “The ULXTE generates the same amount of power in a single chassis while also meeting their MER requirements of 40dB. This equates to exceptionally good over-the-air signal coverage in a very space-efficient package.”

Foccus Digital and GatesAir will also work together on training initiatives for TV Record engineers, with Foccus Digital providing in-depth education on transmitter operation and maintenance. GatesAir’s PowerSmart Plus architecture will minimize maintenance requirements for these engineers, however, thanks to a streamlined, highly redundant architecture with hot-swappable modules and power supplies. Foccus Digital will also assist with a common spare parts supply that be shared across the network, and provide onsite technical service as needed.

“GatesAir and Foccus Digital have developed a very strong partnership that has resulted in a large number of TV and FM radio installations across the country that continues to grow,” said Rich Redmond, President and Managing Director, International, GatesAir. “GatesAir is uniquely equipped to support the demanding technical characteristics of large ISDB-Tb networks, while also ensuring that customers reap the benefits of exceptional efficiency, high performance and low total cost of ownership. TV Record is renowned for their strong technical expertise, and we are grateful to have been selected as their long-term digital TV partner following extensive, competitive evaluations. We look forward to working with Foccus Digital and TV Record to continue upgrading and enhancing their broader ISDB-Tb network.”

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GatesAir to Emphasize ATSC 3.0 and NextGen TV Momentum at 2019 NAB Show

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, comes to the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas next week with fresh momentum behind its ATSC 3.0 innovations for NextGen television – specifically in the area of Single Frequency Network (SFN) architectures.

Gates_Air-Maxiva2GatesAir last year announced its participation in the Phoenix Model Market project, a collaborative trial led by the Pearl TV consortium. The project involves one dozen Phoenix, Arizona area broadcasters, with technology supplied by GatesAir and other key industry supplies to support testing. GatesAir last year supplied a low-power Maxiva™ UAXTE air-cooled transmitter for the initial phase, which used a single transmitter for over-the-air tests.

Pearl TV today announced that the test bed will expand to multiple transmission sites, establishing a true SFN architecture. GatesAir will supply a Maxiva ULXTE-10, 6.6 kW liquid-cooled transmitter for this second phase to help broadcasters evaluate the benefits of SFN transmissions in a NextGen ATSC 3.0 system.

Single Frequency Networks use two or more transmitters within the same market to improve signal coverage and fill in challenging coverage gaps. SFN architectures are key to moving beyond the principal of signal coverage to the signal capable of providing service, and successful in-home and on-the-go service is paramount to NextGen TV’s success. GatesAir supports many of the largest SFN deployments worldwide, including digital TV networks in Brazil (ISDB-Tb) and Asia (DVB-T2); as well as MaxxCasting SFN systems for FM radio in the United States.

ATSC 3.0 Activities and New LPTV Models

GatesAir will also participate in key ATSC 3.0 demonstrations around the NAB show floor, including a North Hall SFN demonstration sponsored by the NAB Science and Technology department. GatesAir will provide one of four transmitters powering live, on-air broadcasts for the network. Visitors to the GatesAir booth (N3303) can see the operational Maxiva UAXTE along with the live, real-time ATSC 3.0 broadcast. An active demonstration at Booth N2512 as part of ATSC’s “Ride the Road to ATSC 3.0” campaign will also allow attendees to experience the North Hall SFN demonstration, and explore the many opportunities that the ATSC 3.0 standard and NextGen TV offer to local broadcasters.

GatesAir will additionally introduce a new range of ATSC 3.0-ready, low-power Maxiva ULXTE transmitters at NAB. Covering LPTV requirements from 10 W to 2 kW, the new compact transmitter designs have been developed to serve global customers with limited real estate and high operating expenses, as well as low-power U.S. broadcasters moving to new channel assignments in future repack phases. These new models will be demonstrated alongside GatesAir’s broader range of high-efficiency ULXTE and UAXTE transmitters covering all power levels.

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