Megahertz, C-COM partner for portable satellite solution

Systems integrator Megahertz Broadcast Systems has signed a partnership agreement with C-COM Satellite Systems Inc, which develops mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems. The new deal will see MHz using the Ku- and Ka-band VSAT satellite equipment from C-COM in digital SNG solutions for broadcast journalists on the move.

VSAT Ka-band satellite technology has been designed to deliver low cost, high-bandwidth, two-way data connectivity from a small dish. Journalists can carry the complete set-up in an airline-friendly case, or even a backpack, and set it up in minutes. Alternatively, the equipment can be mounted on a fast response vehicle. The two-way link allows them not just to send reports back but to link in to the newsroom computer and telephone systems.

“Ka-band is a hugely popular solution for news broadcasters who demand immediacy wherever in the world they send their journalists,” says Steve Burgess, technical director at Megahertz. “Newsgathering is a tough business and journalists have better things to do than worry about their technology, so our priority is to build for them systems that will be easy to set up and use and will work the first time, every time.

“Having extensively reviewed the marketplace, we are convinced that C-COM uplinks offer the best functionality and value, and this partnership is great deal, for Megahertz and for the broadcasters we serve.”

Dr. Leslie Klein, CEO of C-COM Satellite Systems, adds: “Our products are popular with users in multiple industry sectors. With over 6000 antennas already deployed on all continents they have proven to be cost effective and reliable. By working with Megahertz we can assist them to create turnkey solutions, which are custom made for the demanding broadcast market. The demand for news from around the world continues to grow, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

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