Temporary IP link for Outside Broadcast

The Problem:

To facilitate outside broadcast for the Presidential election count centre at Nemo Rangers, Cork, RTE News needed a reliable IP link to their broadcast head-end in Dublin. This would be utilised for two live radio IP codecs (RTE Radio 1 and Radio na Gaeltachta) along with upload of timely TV news reports by secure FTP.

Some of the large providers had been used previously, but RTE were frustrated at the lack of flexibility and poor technical support provided. In particular, on event days, they had been frustrated by call centre staff who did not know what was going on and were unable to provide meaningful support.

The Solution:

Nova Telecom already had a direct IP link from its national network into RTE, over the INEX peering exchange. We also have an extensive access network in Cork city. A point-to-point IP link was installed within a few days, from a Nova Telecom point of presence to Nemo Rangers for the exclusive use of the RTE outside broadcast. IP connectivity was provided between the live location and the RTE IP head end in Dublin.

RTE were provided with direct Nova NOC (Network Operations Centre) telephone support and NOC staff were fully briefed to intensively monitor latency and availability for the duration of the broadcasts throughout the day.

This flexibility and level of support was something that Nova Telecom was in a unique position to provide.

Nemo Rangers, Douglas, Cork