RFS began work on the world-first UHD TV project in 2016. It has since deployed 33 end-to-end transmitter systems for UHD TV across 12 sites in 8 of the country’s biggest cities. Major Korean broadcasters including KBS, SBS, and MBC are using RFS antenna systems and combiners to simultaneously broadcast DTV and UHDTV from the 12 existing sites. RFS is also providing technical support to South Korean broadcasters for the shift to a higher frequency UHF band for transmission – 700 MHz at a 5kW power rating.
The success of these existing deployments has been showcased with two significant global sporting events in 2018 – the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the World Cup – demonstrating a robust set up capable of simultaneously serving DTV and UHD TV viewers using the same UHF antennas.
RFS will add a further 30 UHD-capable antenna systems across 15 sites in 15 cities by 2021, with additional repeater sites deployed thereafter ahead of South Korea’s current DTV transmission being switched off in 2027. RFS is also set to expand its work in the region by rolling out its patented Variable Polarisation Technology (VPT) antennas systems in the future to support mobile delivery of UHD content in line with ATSC 3.0 standards.