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Harmonic Optimizes Bandwidth for Eutelsat DTH in Africa

January 16, 2013

Harmonic Optimizes Bandwidth for Eutelsat DTH in Africa

By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributor

Harmonic’s ProStream 1000 with the ACE stream processing and transcoding solution will optimize bandwidth allocation for Eutelsat’s (News - Alert) direct-to-home (DTH) service in Africa.

Eutelsat will leverage the scalable, ultra-dense ProStream platform to implement dual illumination of DVB-S/MPEG-2 and DVB-S2/MPEG-4 video content. This will significantly increase satellite capacity and Eutelsat’s DTH service offerings, as well as deliver superior video quality to subscribers.

“The main objective of this project was to capitalize on the bandwidth efficiencies offered by MPEG-4 while ensuring there was no discernible difference in service quality for our customers,” said Jerome Gressier, head of platforms engineering and operations team, at Eutelsat.

Harmonic (News - Alert) provides up to 20 HD or 60 SD channels of video and audio transcoding from a single rack unit through its ProStream 1000 with ACE solution. In addition, the solution maximizes Eutelsat's bandwidth efficiency and delivers a very high video quality at the lowest possible aggregate bandwidth.

Eutelsat now has the ability to support twice as many channels per satellite transponder by leveraging the bandwidth savings enabled by the ProStream 1000 with ACE solution. It even allows Eutelsat to support additional channels and value-added services to address the demands of its customer base.

"Harnessing a combination of our market-leading MPEG-2/MPEG-4 IRD and transcoding solutions, Eutelsat can cost-effectively deliver a better quality of video and an increased number of digital video services to its customers," added Ian Graham, vice president of Sales, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, at Harmonic.

Harmonic is a global provider of video delivery infrastructures. In fact, the company recently teamed with Nagra to power the world's first commercial MPEG-DASH OTT multiscreen service.

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Edited by Jamie Epstein
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