Harris Corporation equips transmission facility at JMC for new Arabsat services

Harris Corporation has signed a big agreement with Jordan Media City that will see the installation of a range of its equipment at the free zone’s premise in Amman, Jordan.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  September 16, 2006

Harris Corporation has signed a big agreement with Jordan Media City that will see the installation of a range of its equipment at the free zone’s premise in Amman, Jordan. The equipment is being used to support a new multichannel playout facility dedicated to Arabsst, the Arab Satellite Communications Organisation. The order includes nine Nexio server platforms, an Integrator Gold wideband digital multi-rate router, an Inscriber G3 HD/SD-selectable character generator (CG) system, Videotek TVM-850 test and measurement instruments, NEO SuiteView modular multiviewer and a range of infrastructure products. Initially accommodating 16 channels, the new playout facility at JMC went on air on September 1, 2006. JMC will gradually expand the facility to accommodate 32 channels. “We have been extremely satisfied with Harris over the last few years since the company first installed its Nexio server platforms at our facility at JMC to play out eight channels,” says Radi Alkhas, CEO of JMC. “Since then, our facility has been through a number of phased expansions with Harris, all of which have been very successful,” he adds. The new playout facility provides services to Arabsat to broadcast its programmes within the Middle East region. The 16-channel transmission system is based on nine Nexio server platforms with more than 1000 hours of storage. The Nexio platforms are split across two domains: the ingest domain is configured as eight record/play ports and eight play ports, while the transmission domain is configured as two record/play and 18 play ports. This configuration offers an effective redundancy solution for the client as the ingest domain provides backup for the transmission domain in the event of a failure. The playout automation for this multichannel service is based on a Pebble Beach Neptune automation system, and the archive is provided by a Sony Petasite S Series tape library. Content is copied between the ingest domain, transmission domain and digital library over a fast Gigabit network. “This installation is a testament to our ability to deliver large, multichannel, server-based solutions to meet our customers’ workflow and business requirements as these change and grow,” says Dave Dougall, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa sales for the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. “The success of this installation speaks volumes, as JMC’s operations have expanded significantly over the last couple of years, and the Nexio servers have been at the core of this expansion,” he adds. Said Bacho, who heads Harris’ Middle East operations, adds that this is very strategic project not just because it is the biggest, but because it will offer more competitive rates to broadcasters in the region. “They will be renting out this service to other broadcasters in the Middle East so many prominent customers here will be using this teleport,” he adds. Rumour has it that the increasing rents in Dubai Media City might compel some of the broadcasters to shift out of DMC to Jordan or Egypt. Likewise, some might shift from the Dubai-based Samacom to the Amman facility.

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