Harris Enhances Leadership In Digital TV & Radio Broadcast Market

June 5, 1997

RENNES, FRANCE/MELBOURNE, FL -- Harris Corporation has acquired Innovation Telecommunications Image and Sound (ITIS) -- a European leader in digital broadcasting products -- enabling Harris to now provide the leading digital television and radio broadcast products that meet both the U.S.and European standards. 

Based in Rennes, France, ITIS will serve as an advanced engineering center, developing and supplying digital equipment for the global broadcast and telecommunications industries. The operation will become part of Harris’ Broadcast Division,but will operate independently to provide equipment and services to its existing customer base -- both as an OEM and as a provider of final solutions.

ITIS specializes in the development of critical technology and products for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) and Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) systems -- the European standards for digital television and radio that are used in Europe and other parts of the world. Founded in 1988, ITIS demonstrated the world’s first complete DAB system in 1994. By 1996, ITIS had achieved a leadership position in DAB, installing more than 250 DAB systems worldwide and offering the most complete and flexible DAB systems. Earlier this year, ITIS introduced the first DVB compliant COFDM modulator -- the essential component for the transmission of the DVB television signal, as well as a powerful DVB test receiver. 

"We are excited about joining forces with a strong international company such as Harris, while remaining a French company that continues to provide leading-edge technology, products and services for the European community," saidJean-Luc Pavy, managing director of ITIS.

"Working with ITIS will enable Harris to quickly establish a significant position in the rapidly emerging DVB and DAB markets," explained Van Cullens, president of Harris Corporation’s Communications Sector. "The digital television market based on the European DVB standard is expected to be several times larger than the U.S. DTV market. This move gives us a leadership position in the worldwide market."

Harris is the leader in advanced transmitter equipment forDigital Television (DTV) systems and the leading manufacturer of digital radio broadcast equipment in the U.S. The company has signed agreements to provide DTV transmitters to more than 130 television stations in the U.S. Since some of the supply agreements include network affiliates, the number is potentially as high as 500 stations. Last year, a Harris transmitter became the first in the U.S. to broadcast commercial digital television signals. The company also developed the test bed that was used to evaluate all digital television systems proposed for the U.S.market.

Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion, is an international communications and electronics company that provides a wide range of products and services such as wireless and personal communications, digital television, health care information, multi-media communications, automotive electronics, transportation, business information, defense communications and information, and Lanier office products.

Editor's Note: For furtherinformation, contact Tom Hausman at 321/727-9131 or thausm01@harris.com, Martha Rapp at 217/221-7577 or mrapp@harris.com, or Alain Untersee of ITIS at (33)99-23-7220.



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