Newtec Headquarters, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium – December 9th 2010 – OmniGlobe Networks EMEA, a leading provider of communications equipment and systems for satellite and terrestrial transmissions, today announces that it is the first company to receive full MENOS certification for a Fast News Gathering (FNG) terminal. The company, which also delivered the world’s first MENOS-compliant DSNG (Digital Satellite News Gathering) vehicles, has been working closely with Newtec and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) since the beginning of the ground-breaking IP-based networking concept in 2009. This latest milestone marks the natural progression of its continuing partnership and signals OmniGlobe’s determination to consolidate its strong market position in the satellite broadcast industry.
“We are very excited to receive the ASBU-MENOS accreditation for our new FNG terminal. The Ghazala system was showcased at IBC just a few months ago and has already generated a lot of interest within the industry. It delivers both value for money and technical innovation – a winning combination for the MENOS community and professional broadcasters,” explained Jan Stoop, Senior VP International Sales.
Newtec’s MENOS Product Line Director Xavier Orri added: “OmniGlobe has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the MENOS programme, and has played a key role in its rapid expansion. The MENOS network has been designed to provide broadcasters with the fastest and most cost-effective technologies to perform the media exchange and we are looking forward to seeing new certified FNG products brought to market.”
The Ghazala is the latest addition to OmniGlobe’s satellite news gathering product family. Affordable and practical, the mobile solution incorporates key features designed to enhance the current MENOS concept, combining MPEG-4 AVC encoding with a lightweight antenna, low-power BUC and Ku Band LNB, and minimizing operational costs. Although primarily intended for FNG operations within the ASBU-Newtec MENOS network, the terminal will also find applications in other IP and traditional satellite networks.
OmniGlobe had to undergo a rigorous four-stage process in order to receive the MENOS accreditation. The final phase, which required a live end-to-end test on the network over satellite, was completed at Newtec’s Belgium facilities on Thursday, 25th November.
About OmniGlobe Networks EMEA:
OmniGlobe Networks EMEA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OmniGlobe Networks Inc. With nearly 25 years experience in providing advanced network solutions to the satellite and broadcasting industries, the company offers a wide range of communications products ranging from system engineering, custom-tailored satellite equipment, VSAT installations, satellite news gathering vehicles, man-portable systems to earth stations, and sophisticated RF and data subsystems. It also manages a fully-equipped service repair centre and delivers training courses that cover all aspects of satellite communications. The company focuses on supplier and customer relations and is ISO 9001 certified. For more information, visit www.omniglobe.com
Newtec (www.newtec.eu) is a global industry leader, shaping the future of satellite communications. Offering state-of-the-art products and scalable, integrated solutions for broadcast, broadband access and backbone and trunking applications, Newtec helps customers achieve greater efficiency, increase performance and expand market reach. With its passionate commitment to R&D, Newtec remains at the forefront of technological development, continuing the pioneering contributions that have led to industry standards including DVB, DVB-S2, DVB RCS and iSatTV Cenelec pr EN50478. Newtec’s worldwide customer base includes the industry’s most prestigious broadcasters, satellite operators, telcos, systems houses and broadcasting unions. Established in 1985 and headquartered in Belgium, Newtec has regional offices as well as additional R&D centers located in Stamford, Conn. (U.S.), Singapore (Singapore), Beijing (China), Dubai (UAE), São Paulo (Brazil), Berlin (Germany) and France.
MENOS is a revolutionary networking concept used to exchange multimedia content over satellite. It is intended primarily for professional broadcasters, allowing them to share video and audio material among several sites scattered across a large geographical area. It has been designed to provide these broadcasters not only with the fastest and most cost-effective technologies to perform the media exchange, but also with a complete range of tools to facilitate the related coordination tasks and improve people collaboration across the network.