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April 15, 2009

Egyptian Radio and Television Union Selects TANDBERG Solutions

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

The Egyptian Radio & Television Union (ERTU) reportedly has selected the latest TANDBERG Television MPEG-2 4:2:2 SD encoding solutions to expand its SDH microwave network covering the Red Sea and North Coast Sinai.
TANDBERG Television (News - Alert) officials said that the expanded network will interconnect more than 14 of ERTU’s contribution studios via wireless links, enabling the broadcaster to distribute high quality MPEG-2 4:2:2 content between facilities.
With facilities throughout the country, ERTU transmits 11 satellite channels via Nilesat, as well as nine local channels with a total viewing audience of approximately 60 million people.
“As an existing TANDBERG Television compression customer we know the company delivers market leading video compression so it was a natural choice to select TANDBERG Television to expand our operation,” said Eng. Hamdy Mounier, chairman of broadcasting engineering sector, Egyptian Radio and Television Union.
Mounier said that TANDBERG Television has a range of solutions to help the company distribute content including very high quality 4:2:2 Decoders and control platforms. It was the high level of video quality and system capability that TANDBERG Television delivers that sealed this decision, he added.
According to TANBERG officials, the full ERTU system comprises the company’s MPEG-2 E5710 encoders, TT1260 decoders, MX8400 multiplexer and TT6120 network adapters, which are fully controlled by nCompass Control, TANDBERG Television’s complete management system for broadcast headends for configuration, system monitoring and redundancy.
“TANDBERG Television MPEG-2 encoding is acknowledged as the best solution for 4:2:2 video today and we are proud that Egyptian Radio and Television Union has chosen us for its demanding contribution requirements. This order is further evidence of our continued leadership in the Contribution & Distribution market,” said Eric Baron, President of EMEA, TANDBERG Television.
Part of the Ericsson Group, TANDBERG Television delivers the multimedia technology and expertise that is moving digital video forward.
In March TANDBERG Television, had announced that Tianjin Broadcast & TV Network has deployed a fully redundant cable headend built on the TANDBERG iSIS 8000 solution, including encoders, multiplexers, and QAM modulators.
Tianjin Broadcast and TV Networks Co., established in 2000, is one of the cable TV operators in China.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan