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:
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.
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