Harris Broadcast Communications is helping music lovers in the Middle East enjoy Gulf News Broadcasting’s (GNB) recently launched Arabic and Hindi radio stations in crystal-clear FM, thanks to the company’s Flexiva™ air-cooled FM transmitters.
The new GNB radio stations — launched in co-operation with the UAQ Broadcasting Network — are Hayat 95.6 FM and Josh 97.8 FM. The stations join GNB’s existing English-language FM stations, Radio 1 and Radio 2, as well as the Hindi channel Hum.
Harris Flexiva transmitters offer a compact footprint and power-efficient design to minimize space requirements and operational costs. This provides an efficient and reliable transmission platform that delivers a strong, clear signal to audiences throughout the UAE. GNB selected 20kW models to ensure the largest possible coverage area for new and existing listeners while keeping costs low.
The Flexiva design also provides software-defined exciter technology that offers GNB a clear and simple upgrade to digital radio standards if desired.
“The Flexiva transmitter from Harris is proven to deliver a highly reliable and stable performance, and will help us reduce our overall operational costs,” said Digby Taylor, project manager, Gulf News Broadcasting. “The low power consumption of the Flexiva design delivers tangible energy savings and, because of its compact size, offers a simplified installation process and easier on-going maintenance.”
Transmitted from the UAQ Broadcasting Network station in the United Arab Emirates, both new stations are currently on-air and entertaining audiences across the region. Josh FM is the UAE’s newest Bollywood music station, attracting young residents in the region; and Hayat plays a mix of modern Arabic music for 18 to 35 year olds.
“Harris continues to support radio broadcasters and service providers to increase efficiency in their operations by improving their technology investments,” said Said Bacho, vice president sales and service, Middle East and South Asia, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Our investment in the development of our transmitter solutions help broadcasters and operators produce, distribute and transmit content more efficiently.”
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