ADB supports Netia in delivering reliable and high-performance networks

The platform equipped with ADB’s Epicentro software is a complete solution that will allow the operator to offer high-speed internet access and a wide range of interactive multimedia services.

Netia has always been known in Poland for its very efficient and complete service.
With ADB’s solution the operator will be able to fully leverage its network capabilities and offer outstanding performance to its customers.

Netia will use ADB’s state-of-the-art VV 5822 gateway series which features high-speed networking through 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and dual radio 802.11ac/n Wi-Fi. Additionally, the device supports advanced IP-based telephony services.
ADB’s Epicentro software, which works on VV 5822, perfectly complements efficient hardware design enabling the operator to better utilize network bandwidth and deliver best-quality IPTV services.

“The decision made by such a big telecommunication player like Netia, to adopt ADB’s access gateway, confirms that our broadband solutions are reliable, efficient and cost-effective and what’s most important address the needs of today’s end-users who demand advanced networking capabilities. We are excited to cooperate with Netia and enable individual users as well as small and medium businesses to enjoy best-in-class broadband services across Poland“ – said Jacek Galik, SVP Sales at ADB.


“Netia offers one of the fastest internet connections in Poland, with download speed up to 900 Mb/s. To be able to fully use such parameters, our clients need modern and advanced network devices. ADB’s latest generation broadband gateways fully leverage the advantages of our fiber optic FTTB/ETTH networks and guarantee reliable Internet and innovative TV services, both via cable and Wi-Fi” – adds Bartłomiej Zaremba, Director of Network Development and Management Department at Netia.

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Intelsat Debuts New MCPC Platform for Central and Eastern Europe

Intelsat S.A. announced that it has launched a new, Ku-band Multi-Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) media platform for Central and Eastern Europe.

As part of the IntelsatOne terrestrial network, the platform will provide regional and international programmers with a cost-effective solution that will enable them to expand their reach to cable headends, Direct-to-Home (DTH) and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) distribution.

Encompass Digital Media (Encompass), a global technology services company delivering end-to-end video solutions to broadcast and media companies, will provide multiplexing services for the platform from its facility in London, and Intelsat will provide further ground and uplink facilities from its Fuchsstadt, Germany teleport. Programmers will be able to contribute standard (SD) or high definition (HD) content from anywhere around the world via Intelsat’s global satellite fleet, the IntelsatOne network or through Encompass’ network. The platform is set to support MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 compression technology, and Intelsat’s high-powered wide beams, optimized for DTH, can be received with 60cm antennas in much of its coverage area.

The new MCPC platform will provide programmers with immediate access to 1°West, one of Europe’s premier video neighborhoods, located on the Intelsat 10-02 satellite. With four leading DTH platforms and over 425 unique channels reaching approximately 18 million households across Europe, programmers will have access to a highly reliable solution for cable/IPTV and affiliate distribution, will have the ability to leverage the platform’s high quality, existing channel content, and will have an opportunity to cost-effectively launch new channels and test new markets.

“Intelsat and Encompass have a strong history of working together to deliver innovative solutions that enable international programmers to cost effectively grow their distribution network,” said Rob Cerbone, Intelsat’s VP and General Manager, Media. “Working closely with Encompass, we will be able to provide international programmers with immediate access to millions of households, enabling them to distribute high-quality, secure, differentiated and entertaining content to viewers across Central and Eastern Europe.”


“Our longstanding partnership with Intelsat provides international programmers with a simple, turnkey solution for content distribution,” said Encompass’ Marc Bruce, Managing Director, APAC & EMEA. “The new MCPC platform at 1°West will provide our customers with immediate access to one of the leading video neighborhoods in Europe, the ability to operate more efficiently and deliver high-quality and compelling content to their viewers.”

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Swisscom selects Rohde & Schwarz encoding for UHD coverage over IPTV of Russia 2018 world soccer championship

Rohde & Schwarz has announced a strategic contract win with major Swiss telecommunications company, Swisscom, that sees its encoding technology used in one of the most ambitious UHD playout roll-outs at this year’s Russia 2018 world soccer tournament.

Using Rohde & Schwarz’s R&S AVHE100 video encoding and multiplexing system, Swisscom will provide support for UHD channels over an IPTV network for Swiss public broadcaster, SRG, the official rights holder in Switzerland for the world soccer championships at Russia 2018.

Rohde & Schwarz provides ultra high definition (UHD) encoding facilities for the upcoming Russia 2018 soccer championship

Rohde & Schwarz will supply a fully redundant UHD encoding platform that will empower SRG to distribute three channels of live and pre-recorded soccer coverage throughout the Russian games. As well as supplying multiple R&S AVHE100 systems, Rohde & Schwarz will provide technical and operational support in the period running up to, and throughout the four-week Russia 2018 tournament.

Swisscom selected Rohde & Schwarz after extensive research and testing of various UHD-capable encoding systems. The Rohde & Schwarz option was chosen because of its exceptionally high image quality. Contributing to this high image quality, the encoder uses an HEVC algorithm developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute. As well as being 4K compatible, the R&S AVHE100 platform provides high dynamic range (HDR) content.

“It’s not just outstanding image quality that attracted us to Rohde & Schwarz – it employs the lowest possible bitrate, which presents major operational advantages,” stated Bruno Haug, Head of TV Development at Swisscom. “This efficiency enables us to provide UHD services to more viewers thanks to some unparalleled signal chain processing technology.”

The contract win is a major boost for Rohde & Schwarz’s major projects team, which has worked hard on its proof of concept. “The importance of this project to Rohde & Schwarz cannot be understated and to be selected as trusted technology partner by Swisscom is something that we are very proud of and take very seriously,” commented Stephan Krafft, Vice President, Marketing and Technical Sales at Rohde & Schwarz.

R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing

The R&S AVHE100 is a compact, yet flexible and scalable transcoding, encoding and multiplexing solution, it offers best in class video quality for premium content distribution, including for today’s most advanced video coding standard HEVC and broadcast applications.

The platform provides COTS-based encoding and multiplexing. Its IP-based system workflow provides advanced redundancy options. At NAB, Rohde & Schwarz will demonstrate how the video headend solution integrates seamlessly with the company’s R&S PRISMON monitoring solution to ensure efficient monitoring of all streams received and generated, thereby minimizing customer stress in multi-signal environments that are commonly found in today’s broadcast solutions.

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GatesAir Works With The Durst Organization To Return Longtime New York City Broadcaster To One World Trade Center

GatesAir, working closely with The Durst Organization, has completed the relocation of a renowned New York City broadcaster to One World Trade Center nearly four years after its opening.

Gates_Air-Maxiva2The UHF broadcaster is now on the air with a GatesAir Maxiva™ ULXTE liquid-cooled transmission system, delivering the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership thanks to its optimized efficiency, quality and performance. The complete installation includes two Maxiva ULXTE-80 transmitters (broadcasting at 47.2kW (pre-filter) TPO), each equipped with GatesAir’s software-defined Maxiva XTE exciter, that can operate in combined or main/backup configurations.

GatesAir collaborated with The Durst Organization, which operates the new dedicated Broadcast Center on the 90th floor, to manage the installation and commission. The two companies have also enacted a full preventative maintenance strategy that covers post-sales support, spare parts delivery and other technical support needs.

The Durst Organization and the Port Authority worked to return New York City broadcasters to the World Trade Center following the events of 9/11. The Broadcast Center has been fully equipped with new RF systems (including signal combiners), antennas, emergency generators and other equipment to support local broadcasters. The Durst Organization also designed the facility for optimal energy efficiency, including LED lighting and a large water plant. The latter was added to encourage a liquid-cooled architecture for new transmitter installations, with the goal of minimizing air-conditioning loads, power consumption, and related utility costs.

GatesAir’s Maxiva ULXTE design perfectly aligns with The Durst Organization’s green initiatives for the Broadcast Center. In addition to its liquid-cooled design, the ULXTE incorporates the latest LDMOS RF devices to reduce footprint and weight, and optimize efficiency and power gains. GatesAir has raised overall ULXTE transmitter efficiency up to 45 percent, and improved transmitter power by 20 percent. The latter offers a significant operational benefit by allowing broadcasters to drive more power from a smaller transmitter, substantially improving cost per watt.

“The Durst Organization is a very green organization, and the ULXTE’s liquid-cooled design directly removes the heat from the Broadcast Center so that we aren’t forced to run heavy, extra air conditioning loads to cool the space,” said John Lyons, assistant vice president and director of broadcast communication for The Durst Organization. “Along with our implementation of a liquid-cooled combiner, the ULXTE plays an important role in reducing water flow to the building to support air conditioners, and keeping the Broadcast Center at exactly the same temperature year-round. The compact ULXTE footprint has also been highly valuable for integrating critical equipment into a much smaller space, which opens up more space for expansion as we grow.”

The ULXTE is equipped with GatesAir’s software-defined, ATSC 3.0-ready Maxiva XTE exciter and the company’s latest real-time adaptive correction (RTAC) software. The RTAC software is instrumental to over-the-air performance, dynamically and continuously and adjusting modulation error ratio (MER) and shoulder levels to minimize unwanted RF that affects signal integrity.

“The Durst Organization has built a world-class broadcast facility at One World Trade Center that will support New York City broadcasters and audiences for generations,” said Bruce Swail, CEO, GatesAir. “This installation continues our 95-plus year legacy of supporting the world’s largest broadcasters and transmission facilities, and we are proud to support The Durst Organization and their green initiatives to keep operational costs and system maintenance to an absolute minimum.”

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