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Seminar in Togo. Canal Digitaal chooses Fte maximal as the preferred manufacturer in the Netherlands.

Wiring history MAX S500 HD - PVR Ready. MAX S21. New amplifiers ZM Series. TSF 310 CI, TSQ 310 CI and TFF 310 CI


The installation Installation of headends for the reception of cable network

04 March 2011

A new era for BCN Distribuciones S.A.U. Group

On March 1st 2011 BCN Distribuciones S.A.U. will reach an important milestone. After a 26 year period of leading BCN, Carlos Domingo is leaving the company and his position will be taken over by Carlos Pastor Munté, until now Project Manager of the Group. Carlos Pastor is a Telecom Engineer and joined the company in 1989. During this long-intense period he has developed several positions of responsibility within BCN Distribuciones. Now, with the support of the board of directors of Sandmartin International –holding company of BCN Distribuciones–, Carlos Pastor will hold the position of General Manager being conscious of the responsibility connected with it, and also full of heartfelt enthusiasm for leading and to continue developing this high-potential company project. Thereby BCN Distribuciones make way for a new generation of professional staff that, led by the new general manager, will continue expanding the business of this company that has become one of the leading brands in the market of professional telecom installations. By way of this communication, the Company wish to express their great appreciation of Carlos Domingo’s dedication, personal effort, professionalism and people skills, all of them values with which he has created and grown this company. And, of course, Fte News gives a cordial welcome to the new General Manager wishing all the best and all the success, which will mean also the success of all BCN Distribuciones staff.

The company At the end of 2010 Fte maximal arranged an event in Togo. You will see all the details in the following article. This event, which had training features, helped to introduce the latest items of the company in a country that is in the middle of a consumption expansion. It is very important for Fte maximal to be consolidated in those markets and in order to do so we have to be focused on the training of the professionals of the sector, and we provide them with high level products to make their activity easier.

Seminar in Togo Last November a meeting took place in Lome, the capital of Togo, headed by Fte maximal Dubai, which brought 35 people together in the Golden Beach Hotel. This event was carried out thanks to the collaboration of Fte maximals’s official distributor in West Afrika, ETS Sirene d’Afrique, and the collaborator Media Plus. The items discussed in this Fte maximal’s meeting were the multiswitches, the 310 series modulators and the reception of the IP television. The African countries are an interesting potential market in the sector, since many of them are now just entering the phase of growing consumption. Besides we have to point out that television has always had an important place in the houses of Africa, since it is the first source of leisure of its population. The audiovisual landscape is complex and we can find several Technologies: broadcastings from local operators, both TDT and QAM via terrestrial or satellite broadcastings through operators like Canal Horizon. Most of the installations are individual, although due to the expansion of the cities during the last years and with more and more frequent construction of buildings and hotels, the need for communal installations is rising.

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For this reason, the installers need a comprehensive training programme for the new scenario they are facing. This is the objective for Fte maximal Dubai and ETS Sirene d’Afrique. The feedback from the people who attended the training in Togo was really positive and it meant a boost for the presence of the trademark Fte maximal in the area. By clicking in the link you will be able to watch the video about the news of the held of the event, broadcasted in the news in the National Television 2 in Togo (RTDS), it was broadcasted on prime time.

Canal Digitaal chooses Fte maximal as the preferred manufacturer in the Netherlands Canal Digitaal Netherlands has moved its services to MPEG4. The new compression standard requires new receiver modules capable of decoding the MPEG4 compressed signal that allows SD and HD transmissions. This modification and adaptation for the future will enable users to enjoy HD video and other services, which until now, was not possible with the former standard MPEG2. This innovation will also require the adaptation of the headend systems in which MPEG2 receiver modules were installed. For that purpose, Canal Digitaal has chosen the FTE MPEG4 HeadEnd Receiver with CI slot DVB 300 S HD as a solution to be offered in the installations where existing MPEG2 satellite receivers were installed. So, since November the modules have been available from the Fte distributor Bombeeck Digital BV, located in Eindhoven. The most typical configuration is used for delivering premium services on Film1 and Sport 1 on Astra 3 (23,5ºE) and together with the twin Modulator MTW 310 and Power Amplifier AMP 310P it is possible to deliver these contents in existing installations. The twin modulator 310 is ready for the future telecontrol unit RCM310 that will allow the monitoring of input and output signals.

Bombeeck Digital BV is one of the most important companies in the SMATV business with origins going back to the 1960’s. Later, they continued manufacturing terrestrial antennas. During the 90’s Bombeeck delivered the first digital receivers into the market and step by step it became one of the market leaders in the Netherlands giving solutions for DTH, SMATV applications and offering professional equipment to the market while designing projects.

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Product News MAX S500 HD - PVR Ready

The new production of the high definition satellite receiver DVB S2, MAX S500 HD, incorporate the following improvements: USB 2.0: This option turns the receiver into a PVR Ready with recording/playing functionality and “Time Shifting” function, which allows stopping the view of an event and continuing with it a few minutes later, without any loss of information. DD+: The supports for the audio in Dolby Digital + are added. These features are added to the previous models that this product originally had already, among them are noteworthy:

MAX S21 The new DVB-S satellite receiver for free to air channels, MAX S21, is already available. It is a smaller sized receiver with rotary scart, so it can be connected directly into the TV scart, no additional cables are needed, this way the user gets big advantages. This receiver meets the requirements of the European law of low consumption, and among its features its worth noting that it has a USB 1.1 connector available for software updates.

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- Updating through USB; - LPC < 1 W in standby; - HDMI output; - Files connected through USD can be played: • Audio: MP3 • Image: JPEG, BMP • Video playing: MPEG-2 The mentioned modifications can be found in the receivers from serial number 076810440000 and so on. The software version of the former series and the new production is common, keeping a complete compatibility that allows, for example, extracting a channel list from the former series into the new one through the USB.

New amplifiers Serie ZM: ZM HD 40 - ZM FI 40 - ZM ST 40 - ZM LIN 22 The new amplifiers for terrestrial and satellite bands of a series ZM are already available. Among their common features we must highlight their high gain and output level, as well as the fact that they are built with an aluminium box with an IP 65 protection rate. All the models include gain regulation and slope equalization. Moreover, they are provided with a TEST (-30dB) output so that signal checking can be made without having to disconnect the installation. - ZM HD 40: Amplifier with two inputs TER / SAT. - ZM FI 40: Amplifier with two inputs TER / SAT. In this - case, the terrestrial input is passive. - ZM ST 40: Line amplifier with one input TER+SAT. - ZM LIN 22: Line Amplifier with 2 outputs (TER+SAT - / SAT) for ICT installations with 2 vertical distributions. In the models that have to feed a LNC, the selection of the voltage or the tone that has to be generated is made through configuration jumpers.

Reference Code

ZM HD 40

ZM FI 40

ZM ST 40






Number of TER Inputs





Number of FI Inputs





Number of TER + FI inputs




Number of Outputs


1 + 1 from test (-30dB)

TER frequency margin

2 + 2 from test (-30dB)

47 – 862 MHz

SAT frequency margin

950 – 2200 MHz

TER Gain

42 dB

-1,5 dB

40 dB

38 dB

SAT Gain

42…46 dB

41…45 dB

40…44 dB

40…44 dB

20 dB


20 dB

20 dB

14 dB

14 dB

120 dBµV

116 dBµV





230V / 47-63Hz / 8,5W

230V / 47-63Hz / 12,5W

TER Regulation SAT Regulation TER Equailization

20 dB 14 dB


SAT Equailization Top TER output level

14 dB 120 dBµV


Top SAT output level LNB feeding Generator of 22KHz

123 dBµV 12V / 18V selectable (250mA max.) 0 / 22KHz selectable

Protection rate Consumption Size

IP 65 230V / 47-63Hz / 8,5W

230V / 47-63Hz / 11W

230 x 140 x 60 mm

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Product News TSF 310 CI, TSQ 310 CI and TFF 310 CI

Fte maximal expands its range of professional headends and launches three new models of modulators: TSF 310 CI, TSQ 310 CI and TFF 310 CI. These modules allow the decryption of encoded channels DVB-S (QPSK), DVB-S2 (8-PSK) or DVB-T (COFDM) through Common Interface, so later they can be modulated to DVB-T (COFDM) or DVB-C (QAM) keeping all the features linked to contents. These new models, as well as the rest of the modulators range, have an intelligent and independent monitoring system of the module itself, which is reachable through the programmer. This tool, designed by Fte Maximal, informs the installer about the running background of the device, since it registers the time and date when any event happens in an inner file. Thanks to this system, we are able to know how many power cuts there have been since the last checking, if there has been a marked decrease in the input FR level or, for example, if the list of coded channels has been changed, among many other events that can be recorded. The mechanical as well as the electrical compatibility with the rest of the products of this series has been kept, so we can make mixed installations where we need to receive encoded and free satellite channels. For the modulation of the last mentio-

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ned channels we use items TSF 310 or TSQ 310, which have been already in the market for a few months. These devices are perfect for any kind of installations in buildings, hospitals or hotels or even cable networks where we want to increase the channels offer. Thanks to them, we can receive and decode satellite digital channels to distribute in DVB-T or DVB-C with the traditional coaxial networks. The decryption of the channels is made in each module individually through a CI placed in the front panel. Once the channels are decoded, the contents we are interested in are modulated in a TDT mux (4 or 5 channels maximum) in the case of a TSF 310 CI or in a QAM channel if we use a TSQ 310 CI. Fte Maximal has paid special attention to those small details that make a product big. A clear example of that is the programming protocol, which allows the configuration in the devices in an easy and intuitive way, either when we make the configuration through PRO 201 programmer or, in case we have field strength meter that belongs to our trademark, through the MAP function which is in the mediaMAX MINI field strength meter (please, check Fte News July 2010).

Technical item Wiring history


t the beginning of the seventies, in last century of course, the ideas of a MIT student, using the improvements in internet features shortly before described in Hawaii, pioneered the way for the development of the communications technologies which have lasted up to the modern day. In the beginning, the first computers with graphical capabilities and mouse and the first printers were connected to each other, sharing what at that time was an enormous amount of information i.e megabits per second. This kind of information was named as Ethernet, and as physical support it required a coaxial cable of 50ohms, running at 2,94Mb/s in fragments of 1,6 km as maximum.

device. All the devices share the physical channel of frame transmission. The transmission order is set by the MAC. As Computers became more and more powerful, so did their needs. For this reason the Ethernet communication standards have been increased from the 10Mbps in the beginning, to the first 100Mbps, to 1Gbps and, to the newest one, 10Gbps. This way, the physical means of the Ethernet have evolved together with the demands of the protocol, developing itself from the thick coaxial cable, going through the twisted pair and eventually the optical fibre.

Later appeared a variety of switches, routers and the first generation of internet servers. At the beginning of the eighties the first commercial systems reached the market. They transmitted at a rate of 10Mbps over a distance of 2km using coaxial cable. In the middle of that decade the IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, published the Ethernet standard (802.3), which was almost identical to the original Ethernet. The differences were based upon small modifications in the format of the frame and in the physical means supported in the physical layer. From this moment on, all the modifications and improvements applied to the standard (23 up to today) are basically compatible with the original one, giving it its highly profitable scalability.

It was very important to homogenize the physical means where the contents went through, so the â&#x20AC;&#x153;structured cableâ&#x20AC;? was created. It was described for the first time in 1989 by the American associations TIA and EIA, in a document that captured the conditions of the generic cable. The first standard revision was published in 1991. In this way was created the basis on which to run any application avoiding particular systems.

The principle of the running of the Ethernet comes from the independent operation of the devices connected into the net without using a central control

The nature of the Communication and Information Technologies is, nowadays, extremely dynamic in every way. The growth of needs for availability, acces-

sibility and service offers through the Informatics and the telecommunications is unstoppable: IP Telephone, VoD, security systems, remote control for any kind of devices, leisure time (social networks, forums, general documentation, pictures galleries), enabling the siting of companies that share the same resources to be in different places, and has created the outsourcing of informatics services (Cloud Computing, virtualization), amongst others. The economic and social interest of this technology has reached all levels of society. So it is very easy to find infrastructures for these applications in a lot of different places: From large corporations to public or business enterprises, even natural spaces, in fact everywhere. Without doubt, the new technological features, which are focussed upon the efficiency of the informatics tools in business, Cloud Computing will guide the TIC and everything it implies beyond the limits we know today. Cloud Computing will make it possible for companies to be able to contract hardware and software services from external sources, which will provide a much better security and availability compared to the traditional local services. Currently Fte maximal devotes its efforts to introduce a wide variety of passive elements and wire structured accessories in its catalogue. The installers will have a comprehensive product range, designed for the professional user and having the guarantee of Fteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wide background in the field of telecommunications. Altogether, with an extensive knowledge of both the latest technology as well as of the ever changing needs of the market, Fte is able to offer the latest innovative product necessary for this market sector.

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The installation Installation of headends for the reception of cable network Recently, the installer company L. Cava has kindly offered us these images, which relate to the upgrading of the headend of a cable network installed in the beautiful Town Hall of Mequinenza, a town with a population of 2.800 people, belonging to the province of Zaragoza (Spain). This upgrade was done in December. The requirements of this project were extensive; therefore it was necessary to use several models of the modular headend of FTE maximal.

Instalación en el Hotel El Fuerte Castillo San Luis

Among them: - TKF 310: 8 modules have been installed which provide the possibility of distributing in COFDM more than 32 satellite free channels. - TSF 310 CI: Through these 4 modules, several encoded satellite channels are decoded and distributed in COFDM, among them all the contents of Chello Multicanal. - TFF 310: It was necessary to install 7 modules in order to regenerate and reprocess all the MUX’s of DTT, since they were not being received with a good enough quality for its later transmission through a cable network - MUX 310: It was used for the equalization of all the channels of the headend. As well as amplifying each channel uniformly, it provides an optimum signal level, so we can use later a power amplifier as AMP 310P. This upgrading of the TV services, as well as other products distributed around the network, such as internet and fixed line telephony, allow the company L. Cava to offer a complete service for the users in the town.

Instalación en el Hotel El Fuerte Miramar

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