Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) August 2016 • Volume 33, Issue 7 - Page 24

24 DISTRIBUTION August 2016 Intelsat and KDDI create Epic Olympic Games KDDI Corporation (KDDI), a Japanbased global telecommunications company, is utilising the Intelsat Epic high throughout satellite platform to provide cost-effective and regionalised video contribution and backhaul servives at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which kicks off this month. Ikuo Mochizuki, general manager, media sales department, KDDI, explained: “The ability of Intelsat Epic to deliver more megabits per megahertz enables us to provide more efficient and highquality video contribution services for our leading media customers. “By providing lower-cost, HD video transmission solutions, we are able to differentiate our service offerings to our subscribers. We are leveraging the efficiencies generated by the Intelsat Epic platform to grow our business.” For instance, Intelsat is supporting KDDI’s contribution services for a Tier 1 global media customer via a regionalised C-band beam from the Intelsat 29e satellite. This, according to Intelsat, enables more cost-efficient transmission of HD video signals from sports venues at the Games to the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Rio de Janeiro. The Intelsat Epic platform utilises C-, Ku- and Ka-bands, wide beams, spot beams and frequency re-use technology to provide a host of customer-centric benefits, and is fully integrated with Intelsat’s existing satellite fleet and global Globecomm grows vantage point over Europe, Africa Globecomm, a satellite communications service provider, integrator and data management company, has expanded the geographic coverage and services to its customers in the media, maritime, governme nt and IoT (Internet of Things) markets through the use of Telesat’s new Telstar 12 Vantage high throughput satellite. According to Globecomm, the Ku-band coverage and power of Telstar 12 Vantage will allow the company to expand the reach of its direct-to-home (DTH) video footprint across sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. Globecomm’s new services through Telstar 12 Vantageutilise the company’s diverse, high availability terrestrial fibre network between Globecomm’s Long Island, New York and Laurel, Maryland international teleports. This design allows for full network access from any Globecomm location to be aggregated on to the Telstar 12 Vantage satellite. Michele Scotto di Cesare, SVP Global Operations, Globecomm, said: “Telesat’s new Telstar 12 Vantage high throughput satellite enables Globecomm to bring greater efficiencies to maritime and other broadband VSAT markets. Globecomm locations are networked with diverse, high availability terrestrial backhaul and are equipped with industry standard multiple access modem technologies that enable easy access to Globecomm’s global network.” The Intelsat Epic platform utilises C-, Ku- and Ka-bands, wide beams, spot beams and frequency re-use technology, and is fully integrated with Intelsat’s existing satellite fleet and global Intelsat terrestial network. Intelsat terrestial network. It is also allowing Intelsat to continue its long-term support of the Olympic Games, as Terry Bleakly, regional VP, Asia-Pacific, Intelsat, explained: “Our globalised network has been supporting every Games since 1968, and we continue to innovate and work closely with our media customers to ensure that we deliver the most immersive, compelling experience to viewers, regardless of location. “Intelsat Epic is poised to be a game changer this summer, bringing higher power and better economics that will enable our customers to extend their reach in a much more efficient manner. We look forward to working closely with KDDI to bring the spirit of the Games into millions of homes across the Asia-Pacific.” Hiltron completes Latvia teleport satellite expansion As part of pre-preparations for the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil, Hiltron, a Dan Technologies company, has completed a satellite communication project at a major teleport in Latvia. A combined endeavour with Danmon Group Sweden, the project includes a five-channel satellite link, which is carrying TV content to Europe from the Olympic Games. Central to the installation is the provision and integration of a 3.6m satellite dish on an HMAM (Hiltron Motorised Antenna Mount) motorised mount, a Hiltron HACU (Hiltron Antenna Control Unit) antenna control unit, as well as an HDCU-E (Hiltron De-Icing Control Unit) ice-sensing and dish heating system. Part of the Hiltron Sorbas product family, HMAM is a high-precision motorised satellite antenna mount designed for two-way VSAT communication or receive-only downlink applications, and can be used for a The HMAM is a high-precision motorised satellite antenna mount designed for twoway VSAT communication or receive-only downlink applications. wide range of applications including broadcast and telecommunication downlinks. The combined head and drive form a three-axis motorised mount with 180° of azimuth adjustment, 90° of elevation adjustment range and fully adjustable polarisation. Hiltron’s HACU is designed to control three-axis motorised antennas. The antenna control unit and associated motor-control electronics are contained in an IP65-rated weather­proof outdoor housing with a hinged front access port secured by dual-key screws. The control GUI (graphical user interface) displays all the information required to set and maintain azimuth, elevation and polarisation, including current and target positions plus a data­base of potential accessible satellites. The Hiltron HDCU-E is a combined ice-sensing and dish heating controller for use with large satellite antennas. It is capable of handling up to 450kW of power across multiple heating groups. Each group is divided into three independently controlled heater arrays; each array, in turn, feeds up to three antenna heater circuits. A four-group configuration, for example, allows control of 12 arrays addressing a total of 36 heating circuits. This modular control approach permits easy configuration of parameters such as antenna size, number of heater pads and the power requirement of each pad.  Globecast provides multiple contribution services for Euro 2016 Globecast provided multiple contribution services for a number of international broadcasters at football’s Euro 2016, a tournament held from June 10 to July 10 in France. The recently concluded Euro 2016 was the biggest UEFA European Championships in the tournament’s 56-year history, as a 24-team format was introduced for the first time. In order to allow multiple broadcasters to cover the tournament won eventually by Portugal, Globecast provided a range of contribution services, including a combination of satellite newsgathering (SNG) and contribution satellite services for an Italian broadcaster. This allowed the broadcaster to manage all contributions between the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) at Porte de Versailles and a dedicated outdoor studio near the Eiffel Tower. Globecast also managed all contributions to and from the IBC for a French and South African broadcaster. Additionally, Globecast was contracted to provide and operate a flyaway antenna on the rooftop of a Russian broadcaster’s outdoor studio, and to manage all contribution transmissions to Russia. To support its activities during Euro 2016, Globecast provided French, British, Italian and South African engineers — deployed locally in Paris at the individual broadcasters’ studios and/or at IBC — to deliver dedicated support to each customer. Globecast also provided live stand-up positions in Paris/St Denis (with a view of the Stade de France) and Marseilles (with a view of the city and stadium), throughout the competition to serve a number of international TV networks from China, Ukraine, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia and France. Michele Gosetti, director of the Contribution and Media Services at Globecast said: “It is a testament to our contribution expertise — whether technical or logistical — that so many of our customers have chosen Globecast to support their coverage of Euro 2016. “We have extensive experience of handling contribution from multiple locations at the world’s greatest sporting events and operating in often challenging conditions. Our customers know that we can tailor services to meet their specific needs and that our support engineers have the know-how and language skills to fit seamlessly into their operations.”