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Belgacom, SEE Telecom, and EKINOPS collaborate to kick off the Belgian Football Pro League in HD video format

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Belgacom, SEE Telecom, and EKINOPS  collaborate to kick off the Belgian Football Pro League in HD video format

Ekinops, See Telecom, and Belgacom announced today that through their partnership they were able to deploy, in record time, a high-definition video transport solution designed for the television production applications. The first application being the live coverage of the Pro League football (soccer) matches in Belgium. The new season began in August and continues until May 2009.

“SEE Telecom and EKINOPS quickly convinced us that their technological partnership was the best alternative for Belgacom. We have been impressed by Ekinops’ technical expertise in 10 Gbps aggregation and we relied on local support from SEE Telecom, with whom we have worked for several years now. EKINOPS and SEE Telecom provided us the perfect solution within a very limited timeframe,” declared Belgacom

“In only four months time, armed with our highly flexible and programmable T-Chip (Transport on a Chip) Technology, we were able to deliver a solution that meets Belgacom’s needs 100%. We appreciate that Belgacom relies on our differentiating technology and the EKINOPS 360 Dynamic Multi-Reach Transport System to offer new value-added services to their subscribers.” declared Didier Brédy, CEO of Ekinops.

Belgacom needed to connect its 10 Gbps backbone to all the stadiums of the soccer First League, and then link the various broadcasters to its own switching center. Before choosing Ekinops, Belgacom evaluated several transport suppliers in early 2008. However, Belgacom concluded that only SEE Telecom and EKINOPS could meet the crucial technical constraints and deadline requirements. In addition to an extremely short timeframe, Belgacom had specific needs in terms of interfaces and infrastructure. Specifications included:

  • Aggregation of 4 x HD-SDI video signals on 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Integration of one 1 Gigabit Ethernet channel for remote management
  • Integration of a channel dedicated to a voice service for the Belgacom technical staff liaison
  • Utilization of only 1 WDM wavelength
  • Interconnection with an existing DWDM system
  • Deployment of a fully tested solution before the season began

Ekinops’ DynaMUX (Dynamic Multiplexing) capability provided by the T-Chip which allows multiplexing of any mix of varying service types on a single wavelength over any protocol enabled EKINOPS to fulfil Belgacom’s specifications with optimal utilization of network bandwidth. Ekinops’ T-Chip also provides for a programmable network side interface (a capability offered by few if any in the industry) which enables a customer to pick their transport protocol and for network/line side interoperability with other vendor’s systems.

“We are proud that Belgacom renewed its trust in SEE Telecom for the implementation of this critically important new service. This project’s success is the result of the excellent partnership with Ekinops,” declared Jean-Pierre Bollens, SEE Telecom General Manager.

“We had a very tight schedule to implement this network in order to transport the soccer championship in HD format, and the technical solutions available on the market didn’t match our needs. Because of that, Belgacom finally made the decision to go for the solutions offered by SEE Telecom and Ekinops,” commented, Belgacom.

  • Customer Name (Company): About SEE Telecom
  • Customer Description:

    See Telecom is a best-in-class supplier of innovative technologies and solutions for communications providers around the globe. Using our technically-advanced Radio Frequency and fiber optic technologies, mobile operators, fixed and cable networks can deliver leading-edge services. These range from UMTS, high-speed Internet access, and telephony, thought digital video and HDTV, to video and audio streaming and video-on-demand (VOD).

    Founded in 1972, See Telecom is privately owned and headquartered in Belgium. The company employs 120 engineers and technicians, and has yearly sales of approximately 14 million €.

    Our main shareholder is Kabelwerk Eupen AG (Belgium), through which we market our connector products for mobile networks.

  • Customer Link (Website): Visit SEE TELECOM Website
  • About Ekinops: About EKINOPS
  • EKINOPS Boilerplate:

    EKINOPS is a leading designer and supplier of next generation optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise customers. The EKINOPS 360 Dynamic, Multi-Reach Transport System provides DWDM and CWDM on a single platform that addresses Metro, Regional, and Long Haul applications.

    The EKINOPS 360 system relies on the innovative, programmable EKINOPS T-Chip (TRANSPORT ON-A-CHIP TECHNOLOGY) that enables Fast, Flexible, and Cost-effective service delivery for building high speed optical networks. Using the EKINOPS 360 carrier-grade system, operators can increase transport capacity of their networks – CWDM, DWDM, Ethernet, ESCON, Fiber Channel, SONET/SDH, and uncompressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI, ASI) – through the industry’s most efficient aggregation of services.

    The company is headquartered in Lannion, France, with offices in Europe, the USA and Asia.

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