Al Jazeera Network has contracted Abu Dhabi-based systems integrator Tek Signals to build two 3G (3Gbps) studios including a related master control room (MCR) and central apparatus room (CAR) for its sports channels, DPME.com can reveal.
This will be the first ever 3G installation in the Middle East. The two studios will be based entirely on 3G infrastructure as Al Jazeera Sport will invest in high-end 1080p cameras for its new news and production studios. Transmission, however, will continue to be in Standard Definition (SD) for now.
3G is believed to be the next big technology to be desired following 1080p adoption.
Also known as SMPTE 424M, 3G allows for bit-rates of 2.970 Gbit/s and 2.970/1.001 Gbit/s to be carried over a single-link coaxial cable. These bit-rates are sufficient for 1080p video at 50 or 60 frames per second.
3G offers a significant enhancement over the 1.5Gbps bandwidth and provides greater picture fidelity and resolution than standard HDTV solutions provide.
SI Tek Signals, however, was not available for further comment on the contract.