South Africa's Telemedia, a media broadcast company based in Sandton, South Africa, is now able to enhance their live broadcast capabilities with Newtec Dialog®, a hub that provides 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 that offers a versatile product range with an emphasis on cutting-edge equipment and solutions such as broadcasts that rely 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.
Steve Bretherick, Technical Director, at Telemedia said that the Newtec Dialog hub has enabled them to develop a comprehensive and flexible IP solution that complements their broadcast services. This solution will allow them to provide the same service over and over again at every location, without installation costs. The hub has also enabled them to provide a backup restoration system for the Satellite News Gathering (SNG) part of the business.
Newtec Dialog is a single-service and multi-service VSAT platform that enables operators and service providers to build and adapt their infrastructure and satellite networking according to business or missions at hand. By providing flexibility, scalability and efficiency, the Newtec Dialog platform gives the operator the power to offer a variety of services on a single platform.
Pieter-Paul Mooijman, Regional Sales Director, Africa, at Newtec concluded saying they 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. 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.