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Viasat ramps up with Harris

17 May 2013
Viasat ramps up with Harris

As part of a increase in the capabilities of its Riga broadcast centre in Latvia, direct-to-home satellite and pay-TV operator Viasat has installed a new 512×1024 Platinum IP3 router from Harris Broadcast.

The new router, supplied and installed by Latvian distributor Tilts Integration, expands the capabilities of Viasat’s existing Harris Broadcast Platinum router and will massively increase signal capacity as well as resilience through redundant crosspoints. Together, the two routers will support more than 1500 outputs to accommodate future expansion.

Continuing development in Baltic services, delivered from the Riga centre, meant that Viasat needed to interconnect more devices and destinations. This required a new router to provide a large number of additional paths and increase system availability. The existing Platinum router provides redundant power supplies and resource cards, and the new Platinum IP3 router also offers full crosspoint redundancy.

“Our existing Harris Broadcast router has given us excellent service, and the new Platinum IP3 is the latest generation of the same reliable technology,” said Magnus Lindholm, Head of Platform Development at MTG. “As well as continuity, it meant we could expand our facilities to more than double the capacity without taking the old router offline for a moment — in a facility as big as ours that is like replacing the engine in a car while driving at full speed along a freeway.”

Viasat has long benefitted from integrated routing capabilities in the Platinum router to maximise rack-space efficiency, using Harris Broadcast HView multiviewers to monitor traffic through the centre. The Platinum IP3 router increases multiviewer capacity, allowing Viasat to monitor new channels and facilities as they come online. Viasat will control both routers from the same panels and computer screens, appearing as a single logical device to simplify operations.

“No one expects a router to just be a simple switch anymore,” said Mathias Eckert, vice president, sales and services, Europe & Africa for Harris Broadcast. “Users count on them to handle multiple signal types and levels, and add functionality such as timing and clocking, format conversion and multiview monitoring. The Platinum IP3 was developed in direct response to requests from users worldwide seeking highly reliable, futureproofed integrated routing capabilities. We are delighted to see it adopted by businesses like Viasat, who can reap immediate operational benefits with the ability to scale based on changing needs.”

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