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Acterna Provides Support as KBS Moves Into HD

Acterna DTS Ensures Accuracy and Reliability for Korean Transition to High Definition (April 19, 2005)

Acterna, the leader in test and management solutions for consumer and business broadband communications, today announced that the company's DTS product line of digital broadcast test and management systems has been selected to perform signal analysis and monitoring for the Korean Broadcast System's recent transition to high-definition (HD) programming. By performing MPEG-2, DVB, and ATSC testing, the DTS will ensure reliability, cost effectiveness, and accuracy for KBS's efforts to provide the most advanced programming experience for its viewers.

"We're excited to take full advantage of Acterna's DTS product line, which gives us the advanced digital broadcasting network test solutions needed for reliable service today," said Mr. San-Heub Kim, deputy director of the technical planning team for KBS. "At this early stage of our scheduled HD transition, identifying the best way to ensure system setups and trial services are performed successfully is very important. Acterna's DTS systems give us tremendous confidence in the reliability of our digital services, and help lower operational costs, ensure signal integrity and accuracy, and increase efficiency."

KBS has been Korea's largest station in program production and audience service since its formation in 1947. Historically a technology leader for the country's broadcasters, KBS and all of its local affiliates are maintaining that role by launching an effort to digitize its cable television (CATV) capabilities, with complete HD programming targeted by 2010. The transition started with metropolitan areas in October 2001 and will expand to other areas during the next five years.

KBS currently uses the DTS-300 and DTS-330 to measure the quality of its digital broadcasting during system setups. Each affiliate is required to obtain a certification for signal transmission from the government before transmitting digital broadcasts. With the DTS, KBS can satisfy government and industry requirements by measuring the system's data stream to make sure it can handle the data without errors. By 2004 it successfully completed the testing phase for three of its geographic areas: Jeju Island, Masan, and Seoul.

"Acterna is proud to provide KBS the test and management solutions to ensure efficiency and reliability during this important high-definition initiative for the company and its viewers," said Mr. Seung-Hyek Jang, president of Acterna Korea. "Acterna's DTS-330 will equip them with the power to perform critical functions such as the ability to troubleshoot digital video networks via the platform's application modules, and use its analyzer function for continuous, detailed, real-time analysis of all transport stream content and statistics."

Once the systems are approved, the Acterna DTS continues to monitor the signal quality on an ongoing basis to identify sources of network errors, monitor alarm and transmission rates, and report on the network's performance during ongoing operations.

Acterna's DTS product line is a "one-box" solution that provides real-time analysis and a flexible, modular design that minimizes costs and can be expanded as testing requirements change. For broadcasters, it offers six different combinations of MPEG-2 (DVB and ATSC) transport stream generation, capture, stream creation, and analysis, all accessed through an easy-to-use Microsoft Windows HP interface.   Learn more about Acterna's complete line of instruments, systems, software, services, and integrated solutions online at For a digital image, please place the following into your browser:

About KBS

The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) is the public service broadcaster of Korea. Since its first formation as a broadcasting station in 1947, KBS has been the country's leader in program production and audience service, spearheading developments in television, radio, and broadcast technology. KBS initiated Korea's first television broadcasting in 1961 and completed organizational restructuring in 1973 to confirm its present-day role, the nation's public service broadcaster. KBS was positioned as the nation's key broadcaster by the Broadcasting Act of 2000. KBS operates two terrestrial TV channels, one satellite TV channel, and seven radio channels, including a multilingual channel (Radio Korea International) and the Voice of Love Broadcasting, a radio channel for the disabled and the elders. KBS maintains a nationwide network comprised of 25 local stations, 10 overseas bureaus, and three subsidiary companies.

About Acterna

Acterna is the world's largest provider of communications test solutions for telecommunications and cable network operators. A trusted communications test partner for more than eight decades, Acterna offers an unmatched portfolio of award-winning instruments, systems, software, and services that help its customers reduce network costs while improving performance and reliability. Headquartered in Germantown, Md. -- with European and Asia-Pacific operations based in Eningen, Germany, and Hong Kong -- Acterna serves nearly every major communications service provider and equipment manufacturer around the world through a skilled sales and support organization in 31 countries.


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