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Reuters deploys Avanti Communications satellite news gathering service in South Africa

Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite providing live satellite coverage of Oscar Pistorius trial

Reuters, the world’s largest international news agency, has adopted a leading satellite news gathering (SNG) service from global operator Avanti Communications in South Africa. Deployed via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite, which has 100% coverage over the country, Reuters has successfully broadcast 24/7, live satellite news coverage of the ongoing Oscar Pistorius trial.

George Johnson, Technical Coordinator at Reuters, said: “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.”

Matthew O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer at Avanti, commented: “We are delighted that one of the world’s most renowned news organisations has adopted our SNG service. Our unique Ka-band technology offers higher throughput services and significant cost savings, making it perfectly suited for deployment in the global broadcast industry. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Reuters to deliver highly-dependable, flexible broadcast satellite solutions to other regions.”

The relationship has been supported by Broadcast IP Systems (BIPS), a specialist supplier to the broadcasting industry, formed in response to the increased use of IP by broadcasters as a contribution medium.

Helen Brown, Director at BIPS, added: “We pride ourselves in providing our broadcast clients with proven innovations in satellite technology. Avanti’s Ka-band service provides a number of benefits, including lower power consumption and lightweight, easy-to-deploy terminals. The coverage of such a high-profile trial is further proof of Ka-band’s competitive advantage in global broadcast.”

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