Big spenders

    Broadcast tech investments are on the rise across the MENA region.
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    Broadcast tech investments are on the rise across the MENA region.

    Investment in broadcast technologies in the Middle East is not constrained to the UAE with sustained purchases across the MENA since last year’s IBC. Despite falling during Ramadan, visitors from the region will be looking to draw up their plans for the next 12 months. Digital Broadcast looks at where the dollars were spent last year.

    From January to July, 2009, the Omani government released 243 tenders, a substantial number of which were for broadcast installations.

    In the last few months, tenders have been floated for the renovation of the state broadcaster’s radio studios; the construction of radio transmission stations at various locations in the country; a turnkey project that includes the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of radio automation and a digital media archive system for the Radio Sultanate of Oman as well as the biggest one of all; the technical fit-out for a new HDTV studio complex in Muscat along with the refurbishment of Salalah TV Centre.

    The UAE has witnessed a raft of investment with OB infrastructure and HD migration the most common inspiration for spending.

    Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) upgraded its existing fleet and du Broadcast Services has just completed final testing on a new SNG truck.

    Other emirates aside from Dubai and Abu Dhabi also witnessed significant investment with Fujairah Media and Sharjah TV leading the way in recent years.

    Jordan Media City (JMC) has upgraded its satellite television playout facilities with the addition of new Omneon Spectrum media server systems.

    Each of the two Omneon Spectrum servers at JMC carries 14 Arabsat channels to air.

    The Omneon Spectrum systems are integrated with Pebble Beach automation, which manages both ingest and playout.

    Kuwait’s Ministry of Information has upgraded its radio network with the installation of a range of Jampro products including the JADP 12-Bay FM broadband panel antenna, a four-frequency combiner unit, a motorised output patching-splitting system and the Proline brand of dual-feed rigid transmission lines.

    The equipment will be used to improve coverage of Kuwait’s KABD, the largest of the country’s three radio networks.

    KABD has 20 FM and SW transmitters broadcasting in English and Arabic, covering Kuwait and the surrounding Gulf region.

    Satellite solutions provider Giga-Com recently completed a deal to supply 20 MLV digital portable microwave link systems to Kuwait’s Ministry of Information (MOI). The project marks Kuwait’s migration from analogue to digital microwave transmissions. The new systems will serve as the backbone for the coverage of the Kuwaiti elections later this month.

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    John Parnell
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    Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 04:00
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