AGC Systems Key Participant in ITU-R Rapporteur Group and ATSC Planning Teams

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has published two new documents that support the planning and testing of ATSC 3.0 systems.  The documents are:

  • ITU-R Recommendation BT.2033-2 : Planning criteria, including protection ratios, for second generation of digital terrestrial television broadcasting systems in the VHF/UHF bands.
  • ITU-R Report BT.2495 : Methods for laboratory and field measurements for the assessment of ATSC 3.0 reception quality.

This brings the total number of new ATSC-related documents to five, which includes the Handbook on Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting networks and systems implementation, which was updated last year.

Several ATSC-3.0-related documents are also in the ITU-R deliberation process, which are expected to result in additional publications. AGC Systems has been involved in this process for several years, and leads several initiatives to develop these documents.

The International Telecommunication Union is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). Founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.

The Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. is an international, non-profit organization developing voluntary standards for digital television.  ATSC member organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries.  The ATSC mission is to create and foster implementation of voluntary Standards and Recommended Practices to advance terrestrial digital television broadcasting, and to facilitate interoperability with other media.

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