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Oscar Pistorius leaves court

HD Coverage of Oscar Pistorius Trial

Region: South Africa
Vertical: Broadcast
Application: Occasional Use; SNG

The high demand for real-time news places huge pressure on news organisations, their production teams and engineers. News gatherers need the flexibility and reliability to broadcast live feeds, often from remote places.


The evolution of global broadcasting presents a number of opportunities for the satellite industry. In the hugely competitive broadcasting industry, even small transmission breaks during live broadcasting events are a huge reputational threat. Broadcasters require a highly flexible, reliable service to provide real-time news, no matter how remote the location.


Avanti’s unique Ka-band SNG (Satellite News Gathering) product has been developed in collaboration with the broadcast industry to address their needs. Increasingly adopted by the world’s largest broadcasters for IP transmission, the quality of Avanti’s Ka-band technology is making waves in the SNG sector. International news agency Reuters used our SNG service in South Af rica for the duration of the Oscar Pistorius court trial.

Avanti’s innovative structure, technology and lightweight, easy-to-deploy terminals are appealing features for broadcasters on-the-move. Continuous innovation in SNG technology and hardware has removed the need for news teams to use multiple carriers, huge amplifiers or large generators. Avanti’s technology also supports multiple hardware platforms and uses the Industry’s leading SNG hubs.


By using the latest Ka-band technology, Avanti is redefining the SNG marketplace across EMEA, Reuters successfully broadcasted 24/7 live coverage of the court trial to millions of viewers worldwide, the service was deployed via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite.

Our bi-directional service flexibility combines with 3G, giving a resilient multi-path solution for broadcasting on the move. Additionally, crucial broadcasting functionality, such as high quality SD feeds and HD comms, is enabled. Ka-band provides agility, resilience and reliability for real-time news gathering and events coverage.


In order to supply consistently high quality multimedia coverage to global audiences around the clock, our approach is to select leading providers who work with us hand-in-hand to achieve the best results. Avanti’s leading service has enabled us to provide quality outputs during a live event of national importance in South Africa.

George Johnson, Technical Coordinator at Reuters

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