State broadcaster Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) recently invested in a new contribution and distribution video headend solution from Ericsson to upgrade its broadcast network. The upgrade, which covers the Upper Egypt region and connects more than 30 of ERTU’s contribution studios via SDH Microwaves links, will enable the broadcaster to distribute high quality MPEG-2 4:2:2 content between its facilities.
Commenting on the investment, Hamdy Mounir, chairman of ERTU stated: “Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has a duty to Egyptian viewers to provide the best TV experience possible, which is why we continue our efforts to upgrade our network by choosing reliable and high quality equipment from leading system manufacturers and solution providers such as Ericsson. This project will ensure that ERTU’s 11 satellite and nine local channels deliver clearer video content to its 60 million users.”
The full ERTU system comprises Ericsson’s MPEG-2 E5710 encoders, RX8200 decoders, its MX8400 multiplexer and TT6120 network adapters, all of which are fully controlled by nCompass Control, the management system for broadcast headends for configuration, system monitoring and redundancy.
Eric Baron, head of EMEA region, Solution Area TV, Ericsson claimed the order was “further evidence of the company’s “leadership in the Contribution & Distribution market”.
“We are proud that ERTU has chosen us for its demanding contribution requirements,” he added.