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11.22.2004
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Sistema selects TANDBERG for ADSL network in Russia

TANDBERG Television will provide IPTV decoding, encoding and streaming solutions to Sistema, a private sector consumer services company in Russia. System installation began this month.

Under terms of the agreement, 90 channels of video content will be delivered from Moscow over the ADSL network. Content is being sourced from satellite feeds, tapes and local servers. A key network design challenge is the requirement to decode MPEG-2 video feeds and provide Gigabit Ethernet IP streams, while maintaining picture quality and bandwidth efficiency.

TANDBERG will provide a range of solutions to enable the delivery of broadcast quality television and video services over ADSL to Sistema's residential customers. The multimedia project being implemented by Sistema Mass Media, Sistema's media arm will provide a wide range of users in Moscow and the Russian regions with advanced broadband entertainment services, including interactive TV, video on demand, multimedia games, high-speed Internet access and e-commerce. The Sistema network will use several TANDBERG systems, including TT1260 receivers that feed the video streams to the TT7116 IP streamer. Each streamer in the system includes 10 E5 encoding cards that allow for bit-rate reduction of the streams. All parts of the system have full redundancy and are controlled by the management system, with monitoring based on the TT1260 with integrated IP input and the TT4010 transport stream analyzer.

Alcatel is the systems integrator for the project.

For more information, visit www.alcatel.com and www.tandbergtv.com.

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