Al Jazzera Covers International Elections

Case study
News Gathering

Al Jazeera improves live cverage of international elections with AVIWEST PRO180.

Al Jazeera, one of the world’s largest broadcasters, has deployed AVIWEST’s PRO180 3G/4G uplink solutions to optimize the delivery of live video transmissions for breaking news and events. Recently, Al Jazeera used AVIWEST’s digital mobile newsgathering solutions to simultaneously broadcast live video coverage of the elections in Tunisia, Ukraine, and Brazil to more than 40 million viewers via 3G/4G networks. In addition to maintaining superior signal quality at all times, the PRO180 systems dramatically reduce Al Jazeera’s operating expenses by eliminating the need for satellite-based solutions.

Relying on an SNG van to contribute live news coverage is not only expensive, but also time-consuming and burdensome to deploy onsite due to their large physical size. We needed a more cost-effective and reliable newsgathering method. We chose AVIWEST’s PRO180 systems because of their strong performance in tough environmental conditions, affordability, and ease of use, which is especially beneficial during events such as elections, which require simultaneous reporting from multiple locations.

Nick Taylor, manager of newsgathering operations, Al Jazeera English

50+ PRO180 deployed worldwide to deliver live news updates

Al Jazeera is using PRO180 to deliver live news updates from various locations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and Africa to the centralized reception headquarters in Doha, Qatar as well as studios in London and Washington, D.C. The broadcaster has purchased 50 units of the advanced uplink solution. However, as and when needed, Al Jazeera also deploys additional PRO180 systems by taking advantage of AVIWEST’s worldwide rental services.

PRO180 high performances and flexibility

Weighing only about 1 kg, the PRO180 provides Al Jazeera with a lightweight newsgathering solution that is easy to install on professional cameras, carry, and use in the field. The PRO180 video uplink systems feature up to 10 cellular connections, including eight 3G/4G internal modems with high-efficiency custom antenna arrays, two USB interfaces, and a built-in Wi-Fi modem. Equipped with dual Gigabit Ethernet outputs, the PRO180 allows Al Jazeera to stream video signals via LAN, BGAN, Thuraya, or the Ka-band. AVIWEST SafeStreams technology guarantees the delivery of live transmissions even in unpredictable cellular network conditions, while an H.264 video encoder ensures that live HD video is streamed in the most efficient manner possible with minimal delay.

Al Jazeera is world-class broadcaster reporting on live news from numerous corners of the world in multiple languages. Our PRO180 3G/4G uplink solution allows Al Jazeera to deliver crystal clear, quality video images in real time by instantly detecting and utilizing available networks for transmission, making their live election coverage far superior to competitor news organizations.



SAINT-GRÉGOIRE, France — December 9, 2014