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700MHz Clearance: Filling the gaps

Our main stations provide the vast majority of DTT coverage in the UK, but the relay stations are vital in providing service to communities not directly served by a main station.

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700MHz Clearance: How does a relay work?

Our extensive DTT network is made up of many stations, each of which serves a specific geographic area of the country.

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The journey of an apprentice engineer at Arqiva

We speak to apprentice field technician, Macauley Walker, about his career as he reaches the culmination of his three-year apprenticeship.

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700MHz Clearance: How to plan a major infrastructure project

With the TV enjoyment of 65 million people at stake, it’s crucial that any major work we carry out on our DTT infrastructure goes smoothly.

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Collaborative radio research to reduce power consumption

The BBC and Arqiva recently undertook a two-year project aimed at reducing power consumption for some AM transmitters in the UK radio network. Please read below more details on the outcomes and a link to the whitepaper produced following the research.

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DAB on the road: A 2018 update

DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) in cars is something we’ve discussed before, but as we move towards another new year, figures showing its growth seem to just keep on coming.

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The UK water shortage: How bad is it and what’s being done?

It’s easy to take our domestic water supply for granted - very few people in the UK have had to think twice about its availability. But, as we reflect on a record-breaking summer, water companies are under mounting pressure to do more with less and keep supplies flowing.

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Smart water networks: A layered view

As part of an ongoing shift from traditional to ‘smart water’, the UK’s water companies are beginning to add various layers of connected equipment and analytics to their networks of pipes, pumps, meters and valves.

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700MHz Clearance: Working on our Main Station Antennas

We’re working hard to make space on the 700MHz band so that mobile operators and their customers can get the most from both 4G and 5G in the future.

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Working towards a smarter water industry

Smart meters are helping water companies around the UK to improve the services they provide for customers.

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Smart water metering networks: The basics

Smart meters are already being recognised by water companies as an important resource to enhance their networks and deliver better services for millions of customers.

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The power of Love Island: Why linear TV is thriving

Adore or detest the premise, there’s no denying that the 2018 series of Love Island was a huge success for ITV. Millions followed the drama from day one until July’s finale, which became ITV2’s most-watched programme ever.

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How to launch… Everything you need to know to monetise your content

We have the tools, infrastructure and expertise to put your content in front of the right audience at the right time, and in the most cost-effective way.

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700MHz Clearance: Time to retune

With a planned completion date of 2020, the 700MHz clearance programme is now in full swing. As experienced as we are in this kind of work, though, there are some unavoidable complexities that we must overcome.

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The evolution of a traditional broadcast infrastructure provider

Driven by the phenomenal growth of technology over the past decade, today’s viewers not only expect a wide-range of high-quality programming, but the freedom to view their favourite shows whenever, wherever and on whatever device they want.

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World Cup proved that broadcast TV is best

Fans overwhelmingly preferred to watch England’s progress on good-old broadcast television, predominantly delivered via Freeview.

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700MHz Clearance: Re-engineering the DTT network

As 4G’s popularity peaks and 5G edges closer, we’re working hard to make sure enough spectrum is available on the most suitable bands.

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What is 700MHz clearance?

As the broadcast industry and others close to it evolve, so too must Arqiva’s supporting infrastructure. Our vast and complex network of TV and radio masts and multiplexes is carefully configured to meet the needs of the masses, but we must be ready for change when necessary.

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Inspiring engineers: How Arqiva invests in talent

Behind Arqiva’s crucial infrastructure, there are hundreds of skilled engineers, each doing their daily bit to keep the UK’s TV, radio, telecoms and smart technology services up and running. In this article we take a look at the role of our apprenticeship scheme in developing our future talent.

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City connectivity: could frustrations with network congestion be a thing of the past?

In densely populated UK cities, millions of consumers and businesses are unknowingly battling to get online using the same limited spectrum. And, while most are satisfied at present, mobile services will soon decline if we don’t address the growing strain on networks with the growing appetite for data-heavy services.