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Oslo’s Mediatec installs Norwia miniHUB

1 December 2011
Oslo’s Mediatec installs Norwia miniHUB

Oslo broadcast centre Mediatec has selected the miniHUB optical fiber distribution system from Norwia to assist it in handling local and international feeds for a variety of sports coverage.

Among the centre’s responsibilities are the processing of local and international feeds for Rikstoto horse-racing operations. To facilitate these duties, Mediatec recently installed a Norwia miniHUB-based optical fiber system connecting Bjerkebanen Racecourse and the Oslo broadcast centre in Økern Torgvei (OTV).

Mediatec has installed a total of eight signal paths between the two locations. All signals are HD-SDI with the system able to transport 3G-SDI if required in the future. The miniHUB allows for signal direction to be changed easily, rendering the product a versatile solution for future repurposing or special events. Moreover, Gigabit Ethernet capability can also be added to the same product with the purchase of a cost-effective SFP.

Explaining the specification of miniHUB, Mediatec’s technical manager transmission, Eirik Nakken (pictured), commented: “[The] Norwia unit gave us a good solution where price [combines with] simplicity and flexibility as our needs change in the future. Redundant power supply and monitoring via a network interface was also important for stability and control. Norwia’s miniHUB competed against a rack-shelf with loose small EO/OE converters that’s not seen as [being as] professional as a compact 1-rack unit frame where we have the choice to expand the functionality [at a later stage].”

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