In an interview with The Korea Post, Guatemala Ambassador to Korea Herbert Estuardo Meneses Coronado expressed appreciation for Korean enterprises including Jinmyung Communications for their support of Guatemala’s conversion to digital TV broadcasting. He expressed the hope that Guatemala and Korea will deepen partnerships in economic fields, especially in broadcasting communications. The interview was conducted in celebration of the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Currently, many Korean enterprises are doing business in various fields in Guatemala, including textiles, automobiles, semiconductors and broadcasting equipment. Among these firms are small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) which are equipped with highly advanced broadcasting equipment.
Guatemala’s digital TV broadcasting conversion project was implemented with strong support of Korean Ministry of Science and ICT. A ceremony marking the launch of digital broadcasting trial service was held on November 30, 2017 in Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala. The ceremony signaled the successful establishment of digital broadcasting infrastructure in Guatemala
Jinmyung Communications was responsible for supply of TV broadcasting transmitters for the Guatemala digital conversion project. Jinmyung is a small but strong company which boasts innovative technology in the field of digital TV broadcasting transmitters. Established in 1995, Jinmyung has produced a range of cutting-edge broadcasting transmitters and repeaters. Backed by its steady investment and technology innovation, the company has supplied digital TV transmitters, repeaters and transmission systems to Korea’s three major broadcasters, KBS, MBC and SBS. Jinmyung has also collaborated with large companies including LG in terms of technology development.
In 2013, Jinmyung Communications was chosen as a “Hidden Champion,” while starting to export digital TV transmitters to various countries including the United States, Mexico, Cambodia, the Philippines and Paraguay. Of note, Jinmyung won the 2013 “Pick Hits” award in the international broadcasting exhibition (NAB) held at Las Vegas. Jinmyung was the only Korean medium-sized digital TV transmitter manufacturer honored with the award in the year.
|CEO Kim, Joong-il of Jinmyung|
In 2016, the company expanded the range of its high-tech broadcasting equipment. It
provided High-Power Liquid Cooling DTV to MBC, while supplying ATSC 3.0 UHD Liquid Cooling DTV to SBS. The High-Power Liquid Cooling DTV is equipped with a liquid cooling heat exchange system and a high-efficiency Doherty amplifier. These are the results of the DVB-D2 - based digital terrestrial broadcasting transmission/reception equipment development project to provide the “4K UHD TV” high-quality service as part of the source technology development for the information and communication media industry which was led by the Ministry of Science and ICT. After a long period of thorough testing, the company verified its performance and then began supplying it to MBC.
Jinmyung Communications also successfully developed the “Single Frequency Network (SFN),” a key technology in ultra-definition (UHD) terrestrial broadcasting along with SBS in 2016. SFN is a network of transmitting stations that use the same frequency to transmit the same information. This means that the core equipment of UHD terrestrial broadcasting has been developed in Korea, enhancing Korea’s position in the global broadcasting equipment market. It was a model case of collaboration between a TV station and a domestic manufacturer.
With its technology advancement recognized by large companies and the government, Jinmyung Communications has participated in various government R&D projects. In addition to the aforementioned Ministry of Science and ICT projects, the company developed 2.5-KW ATSC/DVB-T, a multimode transmitter for terrestrial TV broadcasting in 2013 in partnership with the ministry. In 2017, the company was also engaged in the development of a “3-KW transmitter for next-generation terrestrial broadcasting standards.”
CEO Kim, Joong-il of Jinmyung added that more active support is required for design innovation and other fields to commercialize the results of R&D activity. “I hope that there would be serious discussions on this matter. The Ministry of Science and ICT said that the Guatemala project will be a starting point for Korean SMEs’ advancement into the Latina America. It is hoped that the government will step up its support of SMEs which are experiencing difficulties in exploring overseas markets,” said CEO Kim.
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