Newtec, a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of equipment for satellite communications, has provided a Newtec Dialog® hub system to enhance the live broadcast capabilities of Telemedia, a media broadcast company based in Sandton, South Africa.
The Newtec Dialog hub will enable Telemedia to offer a data service in addition to video broadcasting services from its fleet of Outside Broadcast (OB) trucks. Founded in 1981, Telemedia has evolved into a broad-based media facility providing a sophisticated and versatile product range with an emphasis on cutting-edge equipment and solutions.
Today, outside broadcasts are reliant upon more than a contribution link back to the host broadcaster’s headquarters. They also require access to phone lines, the Internet, email and file transfer services. However, installation of these essential services is normally provided by fixed line operators and is very costly. Once the installation is completed, the services are often used on a one-time basis and very rarely used again. Installation of these critical services on board OB trucks eliminates the need for one-off installations and means that the services travel with the trucks wherever they are required.
“The Newtec Dialog hub has enabled us to develop a comprehensive and flexible IP solution that complements our broadcast services,” said Steve Bretherick, Technical Director at Telemedia. “This solution will allow us to provide the same service over and over again at every location, without installation costs. The hub has also enabled us to provide a backup restoration system for the Satellite News Gathering (SNG) part of the business.”
Newtec Dialog is a single-service and multiservice VSAT platform that allows operators and service providers to build and adapt their infrastructure and satellite networking according to business or missions at hand. Based on the cornerstones of flexibility, scalability and efficiency, the Newtec Dialog platform gives the operator the power to offer a variety of services on a single platform.
“We are pleased to have been able to offer a flexible solution that allows Telemedia to reduce its overall cost and at the same time increase its service offering portfolio,” said Pieter-Paul Mooijman, Regional Sales Director, Africa, at Newtec. “At a time when broadcasting is becoming ever more sophisticated, Newtec Dialog provides a flexible solution that is reliable – and this is what every broadcaster is looking for today.”