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Network Will Broadcast Live Content to Journalists in 23 Languages


NEW YORK -- Oct. 10, 2007 -- Genesis Networks has been selected by the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union (EU) to provide a point-to-point communications link for the council‘s upcoming series of meetings in October. The fiber network will link the site of the meetings, the Kiem Conference Center in Luxembourg, with the Council Secretariat‘s press center in the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, Belgium, broadcasting content in 23 languages to members of the media who are covering the event.


The October meetings will include representatives from each of the EU‘s 23 member countries, who will engage in political debates and discussions on a variety of topics. The Kiem Conference Center, operated by the government of Luxembourg, is offering an interim location for Council Secretariat meetings until renovations to the EU‘s permanent facilities in Luxembourg are completed; as such, the center has limited facilities for the media. Therefore, the Council Secretariat needed to provide a seamless communications link to the Belgium-based press center that would give reporters the experience of attending the live meetings.


Genesis Networks, a provider of next-generation global video transmission services, is implementing a fiber link to transport three video signals, with 60 embedded audio channels including one for each of the 22 translated languages plus the original language of the presenter.


“Our typical implementations provide two to four audio channels per video channel, so this was a unique situation,” said Paul Parente, vice president of sales at Genesis Networks. “The Council Secretariat needed a higher-quality and more seamless solution than a standard satellite uplink truck could provide, and we were one of the few vendors that could implement the entire network completely on fiber. We also have the unique capability of monitoring all of the audio and video transmissions from our network operations center in New York via our exclusive IRIS control and monitoring software.”


Genesis Networks provides turnkey, fully managed video and data services with a global fiber and satellite infrastructure. Genesis Networks‘ service includes innovative and unique options including portable bandwidth, allowing customers to make the most flexible and efficient use of their bandwidth, and the industry-leading IRIS real-time booking system. More information about Genesis Networks solutions is available at www.gen-networks.com.


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About the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union

The General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, better known as the Council Secretariat, is the EU‘s main decision-making body. It exercises legislative power in cooperation with the European Parliament for a wide range of community issues. The Council Secretariat is composed of one representative at the ministerial level from each member country who is empowered to commit his or her government. Council members are politically accountable to their national parliaments. Currently, the council consists of nine committees: General Affairs and External Relations; Economic and Financial Affairs; Agriculture and Fisheries; Justice and Home Affairs; Employment, Social Policy, Health, and Consumer Affairs; Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, and Research); Transport, Telecommunications, and Energy; Environment; and Education, Youth, and Culture.


About Genesis Networks

Genesis Networks provides broadcasters, cable networks, production companies, and corporations with high-quality customized global video transmission services that are reliable, flexible, and affordable. The Genesis Networks‘ platform is a next-generation, IP-based fiber and satellite video network with cutting-edge switching and compression technologies. With more than 100 locations worldwide and growing, many organizations can now take advantage of Genesis Networks‘ services. The company‘s network operations center in New York City maintains the health and standards of the global network while the Genesis Networks proprietary software system, IRIS, allows clients to have remote, real-time network monitoring, scheduling, and control capabilities. Additional information on Genesis Networks and its innovative products is available at www.gen-networks.com.

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