PROMAX has provided key assistance to 2018’s Tour of Spain “La Vuelta”

October 2, 2018.


The 2018’s cycling Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” has been a great success. RTVE -the Spanish public radio/television entity- has performed a depth coverage of the entire event. The mobile links of helicopters and motorcycles to the base station have been made with digital television ISDB-T technology..

Inside of a mobile unit
Inside of a mobile unit

Why has ISDB-T standard been used for TV links instead of DVB-T or DVB-T2?

The advantage of the ISDB-T system is its robustness in movement. This is the key reason for RTVE to select ISDB-T on their mobile links.

ISDB-T is a standard developed in Japan and widely used in South America. Together with DVB-T, DVB-T2 and ATSC, they are terrestrial broadcasting standards supported by PROMAX TV and spectrum analyzers.

The "La Vuelta a España" is a challenge. Some of the stages pass through mountain roads, with multiple tunnels and rugged landscapes that makes it difficult to transmit-receive real time images from mobile units. With the ISDB-T standard, transmitted signals are more robust. It takes longer before they get unlocked at they recover faster. This is what makes the difference with the DVB-T and DVB-T2 systems adopted as broadcasting standards throughout Europe.

Diagram of the television broadcasting of the 2018’s Tour of Spain “La Vuelta”
Diagram of the television broadcasting of the 2018’s Tour of Spain “La Vuelta”

RANGER Neo are multistandard TV and spectrum analyzers including DVB-T, DVB-T2 and ISDB-T/Tb in a single device

The multistandard measuring tools RANGER Neo 4 from PROMAX have provided a great support to perform the adjustments of the mobile links of “La Vuelta”. It is a portable, compact and highly reliable analyzer that can deal both with DVB-T and DVB-T and ISDB-T.

It allows performing the analysis of all the transmission parameters as well as decoding 4K picture, which is widely used in sports events.

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