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Mediatech Africa

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The Nelson Mandela Project

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We have been on standby for the death of the late Madiba for some years now. Late on Thursday the 5 December 2013 we had the call from our Clients, EBU and others. We were contracted by the EBU to provide deployment within a few hours.

The first area that we needed operational was our Southern Fibre switching Centre (Landau Terrace Richmond). This needed to be operational within 2 hours of the announcement with 2 live stand up positions including the IFB from the correspondent’s news room. This was sent on our fibre system to our Teleport in Rivonia and uplinked as 3 SCPC carriers the third being the pool feed from SABC. Landau Terrace was operational for the full 10 days from the Announcement doing about 65 feeds for the Eurovision Affiliates.

The second position we needed to get operational was in Vilikazi Street Soweto within 9 hours. This was our Iveco Truck that has been 100% pre-rigged for this job since Madiba was hospitalised in May. This Truck was rigged for 4 stand up paths, 3 of were a 12MHz MCPC Mux and the 4 path was a SCPC sharing a slot on the satellite with an uplink in Houghton. This truck on the first day did around 100 different feeds operating 24 hours to accommodate the different time zones across the world.

CBS needed a Truck in Soweto for their live position overlooking the Mandela house in Vilikazi Street. This truck needed to do two paths HD MPEG4 which was manned for them for five days.

The EBU moved their uplink from Houghton to set up at the retirement home in Pretoria behind the Sheraton Hotel overlooking the Union buildings and the gardens, this left a gap outside Mandela’s home which we then dispatched our Hummer to fulfil the the Desmond Tutu and the UN presidents visits.

Our Iveco moved out of Soweto on the Monday 9 Dec to relocate to FNB stadium for the Memorial service on the Tuesday. For FNB we had increased our capacity from 4 paths to 6 to accommodate EBU’s clients from the international press. Apart from accreditation issues logistics how to get the crew to FNB Stadium at 04h00 on the Tuesday morning, we were up and running by 06h00 with the EBU producer supplying coffee to the crew and clients on a very wet and cold Tuesday morning. We uplinked two 12MHz MCPC mux’s to accommodate the 6 individual channels of which throughout the day we did just short of 200 feeds which works out to be around 12 feeds per hour.

That was not the end for our Iveco after a very long day at FNB this truck then moved to gardens in front of the union buildings for the lying in state until the Friday evening where then it went back to Soweto for the Weekend of the Burial in Qunu. The Thursday morning the EBU needed more equipment in Qunu where we then dispatched a truck which arrived in Qunu on Thursday evening and was interfaced with their existing equipment.

Many of the International press used our fibre connectivity from their offices in 1 Park Rd Richmond directly to their headquarters in their respective countries. We supplied SABC 12 ATM encoders for their specialized feeds from the various locations they required.

After a very long 10 days we were stood down on Sunday night from all the news agencies where all our engineers were finally able to have some long awaited R&R with their families.

The Mandela project lasted 10 days and during this time we still had the likes of Nedbank Golf Challenge for Supersport, the ETP Golf (Nelson Mandela Challenge in Mt Edgecombe) and international volleyball at Durban Beachfront. Out of respect for Madiba all local and international sporting events held in SA were cancelled on Sunday 15th December 2013.

AfriCom and AfricaCast

Visit us at AfricaCom & AfricaCast. 12-14 NOVEMBER 2013, Cape Town CTICC

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Telemedia, a specialist provider of a range dynamic media broadcasting services and tailor-made solutions, will highlight a number of state-of-the-art technologies at Mediatech Africa. We are planning to display all the SNG (satellite news gathering) FlyAway equipment from Vislink, a world leader in microwave, satellite and wireless communications systems. In addition we will showcase the latest encoders and receivers from Ericsson.

In addition, our international supplier Michael Hall, an expert from Crystal Vision – a designer and manufacturer of distinctive modular products for the professional broadcast industry – will be a guest on the Telemedia stand at Mediatech Africa. Other experts available to talk to Telemedia customers will be Stefano Finessi and Spencer Newbury of the Vitec Group.

Telemedia is an official distributor for the Vitec Group, which incorporates a number of top brands such as Sachtler camera support systems, Anton/Bauer batteries and chargers, Petrol Bags camera protection equipment, Litepanels LED lighting products, and Camera Corps remote camera systems.

On our stand we will also display Reflecmedia green screen technology, which is used in TV production, film and digital content creation around the world. Visitors to the Telemedia stand will be exposed to two new Hitachi cameras – the Hitachi SK-HD1000, a high-performance, multi-standard, multi-format studio and field HDTV production camera, and the SK-HD5000, Hitachi’s top-of-the-line portable HDTV studio and EFP camera.

Also to be highlighted on Telemedia’s stand are Nevion optical fibre distribution and signal processing solutions; Wohler in-rack audio and video monitors; Kroma video monitors and Comrex IP audio transmission technology.

Telemedia (Pty) Ltd – Stand Number D38

Installation News

Telemedia has just completed a digital telephone hybrid system for Two Radio studios at Botswana Radio, using the Comrex STAC 6. The need for this upgrade was to give the producers the chance to screen calls before transferring the caller to air as well as replace the old non functioning systems originally put in place.

Telemedia also recently installed an OB contribution link for LTV (Lesotho TV), utilising Vislink Gigawave equipment. This project involved equipping a repeater station in the Berea Plateau.

Contact us:

17 9th Avenue
Corner Wessels Rd and 9th Avenue
Rivonia, Gauteng, South Africa, 2128

GPS Co-ordinates: S26 °06' 25''; E28 °03' 44''

Tel: + 27 11 803 3353
Fax: + 27 11 803 2534
info@telemedia.co.za