RTP Bolivia Broadens Live News Coverage

Case study
News Gathering

RTP Broadens Live News Coverage, Increases Reliability of HD Transmissions.

Radio Televisión Popular (RTP), a national TV network in Bolivia, has deployed AVIWEST’s PRO140 3G/4G video uplink system to improve the delivery of live broadcast transmissions. Technical support and distribution services for the project were provided by systems integrator Rios y Cia. Utilizing AVIWEST’s digital mobile newsgathering (DMNG) solution, RTP successfully broadcast live video coverage of the recent Bolivian elections from isolated geographical areas around the country to millions of viewers via 3G/4G networks. By eliminating the need for satellite-based solutions, AVIWEST’s PRO140 significantly reduces RTP’s operating expenses while providing superior signal quality at all times.

In order to report on live news from around the world, we need a reliable solution, AVIWEST’s PRO140 solves any bandwidth issues we might encounter in the field by automatically adapting to available network conditions, enabling us to stream live video with as little as 100 Kbps of bandwidth while still recording in HD.

Fernando Perez, general manager at RTP

Deliver live news updates from various locations across Bolivia

RTP is utilizing the PRO140 units to deliver live news updates from various locations across Bolivia, with centralized reception headquarters in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz. As the TV network broadens its news coverage this year, the video uplink systems can easily be transported and used internationally.

Ultra-compact, robust, and highly portable video uplink system

AVIWEST’s PRO140 is an ultra-compact, robust, and highly portable video uplink system that features up to six cellular connections, including four 3G/4G internal modems with high-efficiency antenna arrays, two USB interfaces, and a built-in Wi-Fi modem. Through an integrated H.264 video encoder and high-efficiency encoding software that dynamically adapts resolution to the available bandwidth, in real time, the unit enables RTP to stream live video in the best possible quality up to HD, with minimal delay.

We selected AVIWEST’s PRO140 units because they are convenient and reliable, allowing us to emit a video signal in just a few minutes after arriving on location. This has given us a significant advantage over competitors.

Ramiro Aduviri, one of the heads of the technical department at RTP.

Weighing about 1 kg, the easy-to-use PRO140 is ideal for use in the field. It can be seamlessly connected to any professional camera via V-Mount, Gold Mount, or PAGlok plates, and it automatically detects networks in real time. Additionally, through a user-friendly, intuitive touch-screen interface, RTP can configure and operate the system and talk to the studio using the IFB two-way communication channel.

“Prior to deploying our digital mobile newsgathering solution, RTP’s live news coverage was quite limited and expensive,” said David Jaouen, LATAM manager, AVIWEST. “However, with the PRO140 system’s multiple strong cellular connections, the broadcaster can now cost-effectively report on live news from any corner of the world, including areas that are impossible to reach with a mobile satellite unit. Since using our DMNG solution, RTP has dramatically increased coverage of live events and decreased its operating costs.”

SAINT-GRÉGOIRE, France — April 28, 2015

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