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Telewizja Puls – the third largest commercial television in Poland – and Emitel have entered into a new agreement on broadcasting the broadcaster’s programmes on the second multiplex of the terrestrial digital television. The agreement has been concluded for a period of 10 years and covers the broadcasts of TV Puls and PULS 2.

The agreement was signed in a breakthrough moment for terrestrial digital television. All over Europe, the process of transferring TV broadcasts to new bandwidth is now coming to an end. In Poland, this operation will be completed by mid-2022. At the same time, the broadcasting standard will be changed to the new, much more efficient DVB-T2/HEVC standard. The agreement concluded by the companies concerns broadcasting two nationwide channels of the broadcaster, and takes account of necessary technical modifications as part of the process of refarming the 700MHz band and switching to the new signal emission and encoding system.

Terrestrial television is a very important platform for distribution of our channels, and we do our best to provide our viewers with undisturbed, premium quality viewing experience said Dariusz Dąbski, President of the Board of Telewizja Puls.

Terrestrial Digital Television is a very popular platform to receive television in Poland, and viewers can watch 29 channels free of charge, including highly popular channels: TV Puls and PULS 2. A change in the broadcasting and encoding standard in terrestrial television will enable the broadcasters to develop their programme offer, and the viewers will be able to enjoy all broadcasts in HD.

“We are glad we have concluded a new agreement, and the prospect of cooperation for the decade to come is, in my opinion, a sign of our customer’s unwavering trust in Emitel. Terrestrial television in Poland has been and will be the leading platform for content distribution. A change in broadcasting standard in 2022 will significantly improve the quality of receipt of linear broadcasts, and thanks to the development of broadband Internet and HbbTV technology, broadcasters will be able to combine multimedia contents with TV broadcasts and offer the viewers interactive TV applications, additional contents and functions during live TV broadcasts” – said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Board of Emitel S.A.

Throughout Europe, terrestrial television used the frequency range of 470 – 790 MHz for broadcasts. In accordance with the European Commission Decision, all Member States must free up the 700 MHz for the needs of 5G network construction by mobile operators. This means it is necessary to reconstruct the broadcasting network and transfer terrestrial TV broadcasts in Poland to frequencies other than those currently used. In Poland, market regulatory authorities decided that the project be divided into stages and be completed in June, 2022. By that time, broadcasting standard will have been switched to DVB-T2 /HEVC. Compared to currently applied standard (DVB-T/MPEG-4), DVB-T2/HEVC enables more efficient use of the frequency and a significant improvement in the quality of terrestrial television channel broadcasts.

 

In November, 2020, TVN S.A. and Emitel entered into an agreement for distribution of broadcaster’s programs on the second multiplex (MUX-2) of Terrestrial Digital Television. The agreement covers TV broadcast service, but also a change in the broadcasting and encoding standard, as part of the 700MHz band refarming process. The agreement has been concluded for 10 years and covers the broadcasts of TVN and TVN7 television stations.

The agreement concluded by both companies concerns broadcasting two channels owned by TVN S.A. on MUX-2 and takes account of necessary changes in channels and standards of broadcasting and encoding on DVB-T2/HEVC, which are to take place in 2022. Conclusion of a new agreement means continued cooperation between TVN S.A. and Emitel. The previous agreement had been in force since 2010 and concerned second multiplex signal emission. Thanks to cooperation with Emitel, the broadcaster changed the broadcasting standard from analogue to digital and broadened the broadcasting range of the abovementioned two TVN channels in Poland.

10 years ago, we completed a project which was very important from the television market viewpoint, and consisted in migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. Every day, 24/7, regardless of weather conditions, our specialists care for maintaining continuity of broadcasts, thanks to which millions of viewers may enjoy popular TVN Grupa Discovery channels. Now, we face yet another challenge related to changes in channels throughout Poland and switching to the new DVB-T2/HEVC broadcasting standard. The project is very complex and calls for reconstruction of nearly the entire broadcasting network, following a very ambitious schedule. I am glad that TVN Grupa Discovery has entrusted this project to us. It was very important for us to continue cooperation on MUX-2 broadcasts – said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Board of Emitel S.A.

Terrestrial Digital Television is a very popular platform to receive television in Poland, and viewers can watch 29 channels free of charge. Throughout Europe, terrestrial television used the frequency range of 470 – 790 MHz for broadcasts. In accordance with the European Commission Decision, all Member States must free up the 700 MHz for the needs of 5G network construction by mobile operators. This means it is necessary to reconstruct the broadcasting network and transfer terrestrial TV broadcasts in Poland to frequencies other than those currently used. In Poland, market regulatory authorities decided that the project be divided into stages and be completed in June, 2022. By that time, broadcasting standard will have been switched to DVB-T2 /HEVC. Compared to currently applied standard (DVB-T/MPEG-4), DVB-T2/HEVC enables more efficient use of the frequency and a significant improvement in the quality of terrestrial television channel broadcasts.

Emitel has become a partner of the new edition of Zwolnieni z Teorii [Exempt from Theory] social olympics – the largest Polish project addressed to high school and University students. The participants will have to come up with a project to solve a local social issue, organize it in a team and implement it.
The project is aimed at developing competences of high school students in the area of teamwork, communication and creative thinking. Emitel, like in the previous edition, has challenged the participants with designing practical solutions of the city of the future.

Project teams will work under the guidance of Emitel mentors, who will support the participants in project implementation, and share their knowledge and experience, to increase chances to finalise the projects. In addition, selected high schools will work under the auspices of Emitel. Teachers from these schools will take part in unique trainings in the scope of promoting entrepreneurial attitudes among their students.

In our opinion, it is very important that young people – even before they take up studies – learn project management, effective teamwork and communication. Currently, it has become virtually impossible. The pandemic restricts social contacts, and young people need to be enabled, especially now, to implement projects together, with support from mentors sharing their knowledge and experience. Therefore, we have decided once again to sponsor Zwolnieni z Teorii, as we were truly satisfied with the effects of cooperation during the previous edition” – said Andrzej Kozłowski – President of the Board of Emitel S.A., the inspirer and patron of the action.

Zwolnieni z Teorii enjoys much popularity among young people. So far, 76 374 platform users have been registered, 2809 social projects have been implemented, and more than 26 million beneficiaries of social projects have been noted. Apart from Emitel the project is supported by companies such as: Google, ING, Allegro, Pracuj.pl, JP Morgan, Fundacja BGK, Enea, Capgemini, BNP Paribas, Dentons and many more.

The Business Continuity Management System which has been implemented at Emitel and which, together with the Information Security System, constitutes the Integrated Management System, has been deemed consistent with the requirements of ISO 22301:2012 by Alcumus ISOQAR international certification body.

The implemented Business Continuity Management System according to ISO 22301 provides numerous benefits – including identification of hazards and introduction of appropriate security measures. The Business Continuity Management System has enabled detailed analysis of key processes and the employed resources. It constitutes a framework to identify significant risk factors influencing the services rendered and maintenance of business in the most difficult conditions.

An organization with an implemented and certified Business Continuity Management System meets more requirements during tender procedures by demonstrating compliance. In addition, the obtained certificate increases trust from stakeholders and customers.

The Certificate we have obtained is a crowning achievement after many months of work, as well as external and internal consultations conducted by dedicated experts at Emitel. During project works, we organized a number of procedures and processes, adapting them to current needs of Emitel, and above all, to the requirements of the ISO Standard in question. The obtained ISO certificate in the scope of services provided by a ground RTV infrastructure, clearly defines the premium quality of our activities. I would like to thank and congratulate all people participating in the development of the Business Continuity Management System” – said Marcin Buzdygan, Security Management Bureau Director at Emitel S.A.

The certification ensures Emitel’s competitive advantage, and also confirms that Emitel has implemented business continuity solutions and procedures, corresponding to the best market standards and practices. Possession of a certificate strengthens Emitel’s credibility on the market, as a professional business entity meeting the most stringent criteria of services provision to Customers. The Certificate reassures and proves to the parties concerned (shareholders, customers, business partners) that the company has implemented all the essential tools, as well as technical and organizational measures to secure the continuity of services provided by Emitel. It also confirms adoption of a strategy concerning further improvement of the Business Continuity Management System.

Emitel has been awarded a 5-Star rating in GRESB’s 2020 Infrastructure Assessment.

GRESB is a non-profit international organization that benchmarks the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and performance of infrastructure companies. Its assessments are guided by what international investors consider to be material issues in sustainability of investments.

A GRESB 5-Star rating is awarded only to the top 20% of reporting companies. For 2020, Emitel was ranked second among its peer group of companies. Emitel scored 86 points versus the average score of 61 points for more than 400 companies surveyed by GRESB.

Emitel has participated in GRESB’s Infrastructure Assessment since it was launched in 2015, and Emitel’s score has risen over this period.

By focusing on not only our policies, but also on the implementation of our policies and the resulting performance, our score has risen substantially over the years. The 5-Star rating is a confirmation of our high standards in the way we care for people, in the way we manage our impact on the environment, and in our governance ” – said Andrzej Kozlowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

“We are very pleased with Emitel’s results in the GRESB survey, and we congratulate Emitel on its accomplishment” – said Jim Metcalfe, Managing Partner of Alinda Capital Partners and a Member of Emitel’s Supervisory Board.

The GRESB survey, which has been conducted by independent experts for a decade now, is devoted to assessing infrastructure enterprises in terms of their environmental, social responsibility and corporate governance activities. GRESB is an independent survey of social engagement and sustainable development of companies. The survey is an important benchmark for investment funds that invest pension funds in infrastructure companies around the world. GRESB BV – the company conducting the survey – is a subsidiary of Green Business Certification Inc., a non-profit organisation registered in the United States. Find out more about the results at: https://gresb.com/esg-reporting-benchmarking-infrastructure-sector-moves-mainstream/

 

Emitel and TV Spektrum reached an agreement on ending the hitherto pending litigation concerning settlements for services of TV Spektrum’s access to Multipleks 8 in order to distribute the channel Nowa TV.

The Parties unanimously agreed that the grounds for parties’ settlements are provided by the agreement concluded by them in October 2016. The parties do not disclose detailed terms and conditions of the settlement agreement. The agreement entered into force upon taking control over TV Spektrum by Telewizja Polsat.

Management Boards of Emitel and TV Spektrum are satisfied with the agreement that ends several years of litigation and favours further amicable performance of the concluded agreement.

 

About Emitel

The company Emitel S.A. belongs to the American fund Alinda Capital Partners and is the largest operator of the terrestrial radio and television infrastructure in Poland. For over 50 years due to Emitel, television and radio signals can be received in all Polish homes. Apart from services for television broadcasters including TVP S.A., Grupa Polsat, TVN Discovery, TV Puls and radio broadcasters, Emitel offers high altitude infrastructure for mobile operators, designs and installs modern wireless communications systems and participates in developing intelligent cities and towns, as well as engages in work on preparation for development of the 5G network in Poland.

 

At the beginning of October, Emitel launched 10 new transmitters for the Polish Radio. As of now, works are well-underway to start broadcasting from new locations across Poland. By the end of this year, the DAB+ coverage will allow 67% of the Polish population to enjoy the new standard, as long as they have a digital radio receiver. A new station run by Polskie Radio S.A. in the DAB+ standard – Polskie Radio Kierowców – was been launched.

The digital radio system used across Europe, including Poland is DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting Plus). Regular digital broadcasting using the DAB+ standard started in Poland on 1 October 2013. At the beginning, DAB+ broadcasting was available in Warsaw and Katowice. Today, the largest broadcasting network remains at the disposal of the Polish Radio. Using DAB+ receivers, the audiences can listen to Polish Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4, along with Polskie Radio 24, Polskie Radio Dzieciom, Polskie Radio Chopin, Radio Poland (in English, German and other languages) and regional programmes of the Polish Radio. The broadcaster introduced a novelty in the DAB+ system — Polskie Radio Kierowców, created with drivers in mind.

At the beginning of October, Emitel launched new transmitters for the public broadcaster, enabling DAB+ broadcasts in Częstochowa, Wisła, Tarnów, Szczawnica, Kalisz, Przemyśl, Gorzów and Legnica, among other cities and towns. Currently, work is underway to offer broadcasts in Skierniewice, Radom, Płock, Siedlce and Ostrów Mazowiecka. By the end of this year, 25 million potential customers and about 44% of Poland’s area will have DAB+ coverage.

We are proud that despite the difficult situation related to the coronavirus pandemic, the next stage of DAB+ coverage extension for Polish Radio has been completed on time. Digital radio means broadcasting a larger number of channels, better sound quality and additional features, such as broadcasting graphics or text, which can be displayed on DAB+ receivers in cars or at homes, said Maciej Staszak – Vice-President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

In future, the DAB+ will also be used for emergency alerts broadcast by the Government Security Centre. The additional features of the DAB+ standard will enable broadcasting messages on all channels, as well as displaying text and infographics. Depending on the receiver, emergency messages may be transmitted even when the receiver is inactive. The system will wake up the receiver itself and leave it in standby mode.

Listening to radio programmes broadcast in the digital DAB+ standard requires a DAB+ digital radio receiver. Digital radio offers better sound quality, which is not affected by interference or distortion as is the case with analogue radio. In addition, receivers equipped with screens can display text and images, such as disc covers, artist photos and radio logos.

 

Telewizja Polska and Emitel test DVB-T2 terrestrial television broadcasting. The first stage has been initially planned for 3 months. The signal is broadcast by Emitel facilities in Krakow and Katowice. The channel 27 of the SFN (Single Frequency Network) broadcasts TVP Kultura HD, TVP Polonia HD and TVP Rozrywka programmes. The signal is available for more than 6 million residents of Silesia and Lesser Poland regions. Tests of the new standard enable viewers to check whether they can receive the broadcast correctly, while allowing Emitel to prepare for the migration to the new standard.

For more than 10 years now, digital terrestrial television broadcasts have been available to viewers in Poland in DVB-T standard. In 2022, we are going to switch the terrestrial television broadcasting standard to newer and more efficient DVB-T2/HEVC.

DVB-T2 offers better bandwidth use efficiency, which enables broadcasting all digital terrestrial television programmes in HD quality, thus offering the opportunity to present new television programmes available free of charge to all viewers. The standard has already been employed in many European countries, including Germany, Czechia and the United Kingdom.

“The objective of the tests launched by Telewizja Polska is primarily to check whether the TV sets available in Polish homes are ready to receive TV broadcast in the new standard. We started with two locations, we already have permits for more transmitters in Warsaw, Poznań and the Tricity. In the upcoming months, we are planning to expand the scope of our tests to cover more locations, aiming to eventually cover the area close in size to the entire country, enabling every TVP viewer in Poland to check the technical capabilities of their receiver. We are also planning to use the new frequencies to familiarise viewers with the unique offer of TVP, which was not available on digital terrestrial television due to the insufficient number of multiplexes – said Marcin Klepacki, Director of the Distribution Office of Telewizja Polska S.A.

These tests will help us get prepared for the migration to the new standard. What is more, they will offer all the viewers, who are in range of the broadcast a chance to check whether they can receive the signal with their existing TV sets. The tests will require changes in broadcasting parameters, which may require the viewers with older TV sets, interested in watching programmes in the DVB-T2/HEVC standard, to scan the band for programmes again – said Piotr Guziewicz – Director of the Office of Network Planning and Service Development at Emitel S.A.

To date, terrestrial television in Poland and in Europe has used frequencies in the range of 470 – 790 MHz for terrestrial broadcasting. The change of the broadcasting standard is connected with the need to free up the 700 MHz band for the needs of building 5G networks by mobile operators, following the decision of the European Commission. This means that the broadcasting network has to be rebuilt and the broadcasting of terrestrial television programmes in Poland has to be moved to other frequencies. The project has been divided into a number of stages – the first two were already carried out by Emitel in the first half of 2020. The next switchovers and digital terrestrial television broadcasting standard change will take place in 2022.

According to the Regulation of the Minister of Digital Affairs on technical and operational requirements for digital receivers”, all newly marketed digital TV sets (after 1 December 2019) should support the DVB-T2/HEVC standard.

Further tests are planned in the future in Warsaw, Gdańsk and Poznań, as well as other cities.

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Thanks to a joint project of Telecentras and Emitel, Lithuanian and Polish TV broadcasting companies, also Government institutions, the possibilities to watch Lithuanian national TV program LRT LITUANICA via terrestrial television were greatly improved in Suwalki region, were most of Poland-based Lithuanians reside.

The installation of TV signal amplification equipment in the Emitel’s TV tower in Krzemianucha, near the city of Suwalki, extended the coverage area of LRT LITUANICA and made it possible to watch the program not only for residents of border areas, who receive a signal from the Telecentras TV tower in Lazdijai, but also throughout Suwalki region.

The project was co-financed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian national broadcaster LRT.

„LRT LITUANICA broacasting project in Suwalki region shows how much Government of Lithuania and Polish institutions can achieve by working together“, today at the launching ceremony said Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

“I am delighted that with the joint efforts of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, national broadcasters and re-broadcasters, the broadcasting of LRT LITUANICA is being launched in this region of Poland. I would like to emphasize that this program will be visible to all households with a regular TV antenna and will be free of costs. I believe, for every ethnic minority it is important to maintain bonds with their nation. I am positive that LRT LITUANICA will aid strengthening that connection and provide access to the up-to-date news in Lithuania,” – says Jaroslav Narkevič, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania.

“National broadcaster LRT has a special role in helping Lithuanians living abroad to stay in touch with the country by providing relevant content and ensuring it’s accessibility. This spring we have launched a new online platform LRT LITUANICA dedicated specifically for Lithuanian diaspora. LRT LITUANICA TV channel is also broadcasted on the internet. By making available content online, we also acknowledge importance to broadcast it via the terrestrial television especially in regions like Suwalki where lives numerous Lithuanian community”, commented Director General of LRT Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė.

“We are glad that we could help Lithuanian community leaving in Poland to improve reception of LRT LITUANICA via terrestrial television. It was not an easy job, mainly due to legal requirements and permissions that are required by cross-border cooperation in that matter. Emitel designed the technical solution, acquired necessary permissions and finally launched tv signal broadcasting,” – said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A

“I am glad that we managed to agree on a technical solution in principle and implement it smoothly within the set deadlines”, says Remigijus Šeris, General Director of Telecentras. “Preliminary measurements, which we performed at 9 points, show that the TV signal in many areas inhabited by Lithuanians can be received qualitatively with an outdoor antenna, and in some places – even with a room antenna.”

About Telecentras
Telecentras is a Lithuanian state-owned joint-stock company providing radio and television program transmission, data transmission, Internet, smart television, data center and telephony services throughout Lithuania.

On 31 July, TVP and Emitel concluded a contract for broadcasting TVP programmes via the third Digital Terrestrial Television multiplex (MUX-3). The contract covers not only the provision of the television programme broadcasting service, but also the change of the broadcasting and coding standard, which will be carried out in 2022. The contract was concluded for 10 years.

The contract covers the broadcasting of TVP programmes via MUX-3, the development of an ICT platform to ensure the transmission of production signals between the field branches and the broadcaster’s headquarters, and includes provisions pertaining to the change of the broadcasting and coding standard from DVB-T/MPEG-4 to DVB-T2/HEVC. Channel changes within the framework of the refarming process are carried out in stages, which are to take place in 2020 and 2022. The change of the broadcasting standard will take place in 2022.

“I am pleased to sign a new agreement with Emitel, our long-standing, proven partner”, said Jacek Kurski, acting President of TVP S.A. “By concluding a long-term contract for digital broadcasting of Telewizja Polska programmes via MUX-3, we are fulfilling the mission of a public broadcaster by guaranteeing viewers free access to our programmes throughout Poland. By continuing our cooperation with Emitel, we also make sure that Poles have universal access to the latest technologies, such as hybrid broadcast TV, and we ensure further development of digital terrestrial television by changing the broadcasting standard within two years. Thanks to this, viewers will be able to enjoy free access to more attractive content in the best quality – both HD and 4K – offered by Telewizja Polska.”

“The conclusion of a new 10-year agreement and the continued cooperation with our strategic partner – Telewizja Polska S.A. – is a key event for Emitel. At the same time, it is an opportunity to jointly develop digital terrestrial television, which is very popular among Polish viewers. The planned change of the broadcasting standard to DVB-T2/HEVC will allow the broadcaster to develop their content distribution platform, which will benefit viewers in Poland”, said Andrzej J. Kozłowski, President of the Management Board of Emitel S.A.

The conclusion of the new contract means continued cooperation between TVP and Emitel. The previous agreement was in force since 2010 and concerned the design and construction of a DVB-T broadcasting network, as well as provision of the MUX-3 signal broadcasting service. Thanks to the cooperation with Emitel, the public broadcaster has changed the standard of television broadcasting from analogue to digital.

Digital Terrestrial Television remains a very popular platform for receiving TV broadcasts in Poland, allowing viewers to receive nearly 30 free programmes. Terrestrial television is the most important platform used by the public broadcaster to distribute their content. Nearly 100% of the country’s population is within the range of MUX-3 transmitters. Thanks to free reception from traditional antennas, millions of viewers in Poland can enjoy the popular TVP programmes every day.

To date, terrestrial television, not only in Poland but also in Europe, has used frequencies in the range of 470 – 790 MHz for terrestrial broadcasting. According to the European Commission’s decision, all Member States must free up the 700 MHz band, which will be used by mobile operators for developing their 5G networks. This means that the broadcasting network has to be rebuilt and the broadcasting of terrestrial television programmes in Poland has to be moved to other frequencies. In consultation with market regulators, the completion of this project has been planned in several stages, and the entire project will be completed in June 2022. At that point, the broadcasting standard will be switched to DVB-T2 /HEVC. Compared to the current standard (DVB-T/MPEG-4), DVB-T2/HEVC allows more efficient use of the available frequencies and increase the number of available channels.

MUX-3 currently broadcasts the following public television channels: TVP1 HD, TVP2 HD, TVP Info HD, TVP Sport HD, TVP Historia and TVP3.