Laboratory Tests of ATSC M/H Commercial Receivers Performance on SFN Networks



SFN, single frequency network, digital terrestrial television, ATSC, VSB, mobile television, Handheld television


The Single Frequency Networks (SFN) are widely used in Digital Television transmission networks due to the high spectral efficiency achieved by them. Digital modulation techniques with a cyclic prefix, like OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex) are adequate to define and use SFN networks due to their ability to deal with the artificial multipath produced in a SFN network. Nevertheless, the ATSC 1.0 and ATSC M/H standards use the VSB-8 modulation technique, which has no cyclic prefix, so it is very sensitive to multipath. The ATSC 1.0 standard has been recently implemented in Mexico, so the ATSC M/H standard can be used in the next years because it is compatible with ATSC 1.0, meanwhile ATSC 3.0, the newest standard of ATSC, it is not compatible.The performance of the reception with VSB-8 modulation depends strongly on the receiver channel equalizer. For this reason, the objective of this study is to analyze the performance of ATSC M/H commercial receivers in SFN networks. The results of this study will help in the implementation of SFN networks in Mexico and other countries that use ATSC 1.0 and ATSC M/H.


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Author Biographies

Jose María Matías, UNAM

José M. Matías received the Ph.D. degree in Information Technologies in the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Bilbao, in 2009. From 1994 to 2002 he worked in different private companies as software and firmware developer. From 2002 to 2009 he was assistant professor at the (UPV-EHU). Since 2009 he is with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he is currently an assistant professor.

Flor de Guadalupe Ortíz, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Flor G. Ortíz received a BS in Telecommunications Engineering and a MS in Electrical-Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), in 2015 and 2016, respectively. From 2013 to 2016, she worked on projects at the Faculty of Engineering of UNAM, especially in the Broadcasting area. She is currently a PhD candidate and has joined the Radiation Group of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Flor is working in the area of satellite communications.

Mario Alberto Hernández, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Mario A. Hernández received the B. degree in Telecommunications Engineering and the M. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Since 2014, he has been with the same university as professor and as student in the Ph.D. Program of Electrical Engineering. His current research interests focus on new digital broadcasting technologies and single frequency networks.

Carmen Haide López, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Carmen H. López received the B.Eng. degree in Telecommunications from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in 2018. She is currently a student in the M.Eng. Program in Electrical Engineering at the Applied Sciences and Technology Institute, UNAM. Her current research interests focus on magnetics materials for high frequency applications.

Unai Gil, Universidad del País Vasco

Unai Gil received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication engineering from the University of the Basque Country, in 2004 and 2011, respectively. He was at the University of the Basque Country, where he was involved in several research projects in digital terrestrial TV and digital radio broadcasting. His current research interests include several aspects of new digital broadcasting technologies, such as DRM, DVB-T2, and DVB-NGH standards and the new LDM technique.

Salvador Landeros, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Salvador Landeros received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UNAM, M.S. degree from University of Pennsylvania, USA, and Ph.D. degree from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is currently Research Professor at Faculty of Engineering, UNAM, Mexico. His current research interest areas are Satellite Networks, Architectures, Markets and Satellite Backhaul.


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How to Cite

Matías, J. M., Ortíz, F. de G., Hernández, M. A., López, C. H., Gil, U., & Landeros, S. (2021). Laboratory Tests of ATSC M/H Commercial Receivers Performance on SFN Networks. IEEE Latin America Transactions, 18(10), 1752–1759. Retrieved from