One of the world’s most extensive transmission networks
BAI Communications is a world-class centre of excellence for television and radio broadcasting, specialising in the design, build and operation of highly available networks to meet our customers’ needs.
We own and operate one of the world’s most extensive transmission networks, providing a range of services to TV and radio broadcasters nationally. Our network operations centre monitors sites in metropolitan, regional and remote locations supported by the country’s largest in house broadcast trained field services team. Every year we deliver over 59 million hours of broadcast programmes to 99% of the Australian population. We help broadcasters get services online quickly by using the most cost-effective resources by sharing a site and/or its facilities.
We help broadcasters to build their network capabilities on our infrastructure throughout Australia.
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Our Broadcast Services division has been at the forefront of broadcast transmission in Australia since we delivered the first ever national broadcast services in 1928.
With our engineering, delivery and operational capability, we are a trusted partner for government, national and commercial broadcasters as well as industry stakeholders.
Right around Australia, we distribute television and radio services on behalf of Australia’s national public broadcasters (ABC and SBS). We also work with commercial broadcasters, delivering digital terrestrial television as well as operating and maintaining radio services. In metropolitan markets, we are Commercial Radio Australia’s preferred supplier of operations and maintenance needs for digital services.
As a broadcast network specialist, our core competencies span all aspects of the planning and delivery of analogue and digital transmission systems.
Australia’s national broadcasters ABC and SBS provide seamless transmission to their audiences thanks to our extensive experience in design, implementation and ongoing management of their services. We currently manage 1529 transmission services for the ABC and SBS.
We own and operate infrastructure on behalf of customers helping reduce risk and cost. These managed transmission services are underpinned by a service level agreement, set against agreed technical performance standards, service availability levels and monitored 24/7 by our Network Operations Centre (NOC).
Australia was one of the first countries in the world to launch digital terrestrial television broadcast services.
In 1992, the Commonwealth Government established the National Transmission Agency. Retitled Broadcast Australia in 2002, the organisation spearheaded field trials of the new standards and helped pioneer digital network design, implementation and management ready for the government-mandated switch-on date of 1 January 2001.
Since that time, Broadcast Australia continued to strengthen its position as a digital broadcast leader. Broadcast Australia was rebranded to BAI Communications in November 2019.
Significant achievements include:
- Rolling out a national digital TV network covering 774 ABC and SBS services, providing 98.6% coverage of the Australian population and offering the Broadcasters the opportunity to deliver more channels at better picture and sound quality to their audiences.
- Participating in high-profile trials of emerging digital technologies, including mobile TV and 3D TV, both in Australia and internationally.
- Implementing the final phase of the digital switchover program, which involved turning off analogue services and transition to digital only television.
- In 2014, delivering ahead of time and within budget the significant project to restack all TV transmission services in Australia to allow spectrum to be sold to the mobile phone carriers – spanning 1,476 digital television transmission services nationwide.
As a leading owner, operator and developer of broadcast sites in the country, BAI Communications offers dynamic coverage nationwide
We provide extensive analogue and digital broadcasting services to our radio customers – including site sharing and infrastructure services to commercial, community and government broadcasters, telecommunications providers and emergency services.
We have the end-to-end ability to plan, design, install, commission and operate all aspects of the network.
Significant achievements include:
- Operating long-term trials of datacasting in Sydney and digital audio broadcast in Canberra and Darwin.
- Designing, building and operating digital radio services for ABC and SBS in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Digital Radio offers listeners exceptionally high quality sound as well as features such as programme associated data and still images. Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) enables the broadcaster to provide multi-channel services resulting in the more efficient use of spectrum. It has many added features including allowing listeners to select shows from an electronic program guide, rewind and pause programmes and show scrolling information.
As BAI Communications, we actively participated in an Australian working group which tested and then assisted with the specification of the ETSI-ratified DAB+ standard for digital radio broadcasting. In 2009 the company then launched on behalf of ABC and SBS a world first DAB+ national broadcaster system in Australia’s five largest capital cities.
We offer an extensive range of analog services, including portal services and operation and maintenance services. BAI Communications operates and maintains AM and FM radio services across the country for the ABS and SBS and commercial broadcasters. The new digital technology will have minimal impact on present broadcast services and consumers will continue to receive their current analog stations with minimal disruption.
Our portal services enable broadcasters to realise cost savings through use of common broadcast infrastructure such as combiners, tower and transmission buildings, and RF antenna system access. Install and operate your own equipment to deliver TV and radio services and take advantage of site security via remote monitoring, power and HVAC access.
Network management services
Our network management services enable you to deliver services to your audiences more efficiently. The 24/7 NOC provides real-time remote monitoring and control of the network, and our 400+skilled and trained resources across Australia ensure fast fault response and resolution.
We work tirelessly to ensure audiences never miss a minute of broadcast programming. Our skilled maintenance staff are ISO-9001 quality management accredited. Our predictive and preventive maintenance of equipment ensures services for audiences aren’t disrupted.
Into the future
We have comprehensive plans for the future to enable our customers to take advantage of technology innovations. We were at the forefront of global DTV deployments in the early 2000s, and pioneered the design of wide area single-frequency networks. We worked with industry to specify the ETSI-ratified DAB+ standard for digital radio broadcasting. We then launched on behalf of ABC and SBS a world first DAB+ national broadcaster system in Australia’s five largest capital cities. We have also been actively involved in field trials of emerging technologies including datacasting, digital radio, mobile TV and 3D TV.
Sites operated across Australia
Australia’s population covered
Hours of broadcast programmes every year
Managed transmission services