NovelSat, a provider of satellite transmission technology, today announced that VRT (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie), the Belgium national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Region and Community, has implemented NovelSat satellite broadcasting solutions including NovelSat modems and software.
VRT broadcast services include contribution, DTH channels, and radio, all via satellite and a fiber network, across Belgium and parts of The Netherlands and Luxembourg. They approached NovelSat with a request to replace their ground station links and contribution SNG transmission equipment. VRT had been transmitting using the outdated DVB-S2 satellite transmission standard with 20-35 percent RoF (Roll-off Factor). In addition to the efficiency issues, one of the primary catalysts for the request was the new regulation from the Belgium government requiring CID insertion in satellite signals as of 2018.
CID (Carrier ID) refers to a unique ID that is injected into video or data transmissions by a satellite modulator or modem so that an interfering carrier can be easily identified to enable quick resolution of interference situations.
The initial solution provided by NovelSat, together with VP Media Solutions, a major Belgium reseller of broadcast solutions and services, includes NS3000 Professional Satellite Modems, with configurations supporting Carrier in Carrier (Carrier Eco Cancellation) and Dual Channel (ASI+IP) capability, all with built-in TCP Acceleration. The NovelSat modem offers 5 percent RoF with the DVB-S2 and S2X standard, and as low as 2 percent RoF with the NovelSat NS4 satellite waveform. These and other features make the NovelSat NS3000 the most bandwidth-efficient modem in the satellite industry.
The primary features of the NovelSat satellite broadcast solution for VRT include:
Dual channel ASI+IP – Dual channel ASI+IP support enables simultaneous bi-directional transmission of video and IP data. With this capability, VRTs SNG trucks can more efficiently cover major live events more efficiently, at lower cost, and using less satellite bandwidth.
NovelSat DUET CeC – NovelSat DUET CEC (carrier-echo-cancellation) software-based Band Reuse Technology doubles the effective data rate over the same transponder segment by enabling simultaneous full duplex video, data, and voice communication using the same bandwidth for both uplink and downlink.
NovelSat NS4 – NovelSat solutions support all satellite transmission standards, including DVB-S/S2/S2X. In addition, NovelSat provides NS4, the world’s most bandwidth-efficient satellite transmission waveform, which supports high data rates of up to 425Mbps using 80Msps, enabling transmission of a single carrier over an entire 84MHz transponder. NovelSat NS4 delivers satellite bandwidth savings of up to 45 percent compared with DVB-S2 and up to 32 percent vs. DVB-S2X.
Seamless Integration – While other vendors need to customize solutions to enable features such as Channel-in-Channel support and dual channel IP+ASI transmission to work together, all of the software-based efficiency-enhancing features of the NovelSat NS3000 modem work together seamlessly out of the box. The simplicity and feature set of the solution was a major reason that VRT choose the NovelSat solution.
Gary Drutin, NovelSat CBO said that at NovelSat they strive not only to provide the most efficient satellite transmission products and solutions. They also take pleasure when their customers find it easy to get the features they want without a complicated integration process. The NovelSat broadcast solution for VRT meets the customer’s needs for greater efficiency, bi-directional video and data transmission, CID insertion and more. They look forward to providing additional capacity and capabilities to VRT in the future.“
Tom Grenson, VRT System Engineer ICT Networking and Telecom said that the new NovelSat modems have improved their contribution efficiency with Carrier-in-Carrier transmission, dual channel IP and ASI for video contribution feeds, and a return IP stream for data sharing with their SNGs. This has provided benefits to their fleet for large scale events where bandwidth demand is high, and cellular coverage or WIFI are often not sufficient.
Emmanuel Charlet, Partner, Head of Sales and Pre-sales, VP Media Solutions added that VP Media Solutions was happy to introduce this flexible NovelSat solution to VRT to meet their growing satellite requirements. They supported the project from POC through installation and the first successful implementation for a large-scale live international sporting event covered by VRT. Improved spectral efficiency and better control of both the forward and return channels under the same frequency has proven to be highly economical for VRT in a variety of scenarios.