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Q&A: Andrew Bond, sales director, ETL Systems

Does IBC2015 come at a good time for the satcoms industry? Why?

IBC always provides invaluable networking opportunities with satcom experts from all over the world and enables ETL to showcase our RF solutions. As an RF design expert we get the chance to see the projects that are shaping the market. In summary, it provides a fantastic platform to discuss client’s RF needs, enabling us to design RF products to meet their requirements.

What do you think are the key developments in, or threats to, your market sector at the current time?

The satellite industry is always challenged by alternative ways to deliver content. ETL’s RF range helps ensure that satcoms signals remain the reliable, affordable and most flexible way of delivering live content. As a result of growth in the number of HTS (high throughput satellites) means that our newer RF products are designed for Ka-band applications. In addition, ETLs range is created with resilience and reliability for use in mission critical applications, for example that is why 75% of the main NATO governments use ETL equipment for satcom applications.

Why should delegates visit your stand at IBC?

As always ETL is using IBC2015 to showcase new RF distribution technologies. Two new ranges of note are the new 64 x 64 Hurricane L-band switch matrix and our Piranha LNB power supplies. Both of these major on flexibility to manage different types of signals coming from the LNB as well as power consumption reductions, ease of expansion and of course the usual ETL reliability levels.

In addition, our growing StingRay RF over Fibre range has doubled in size and we have added many new high density RF over fibre modules to our chassis, as well as new portable ‘flyaway fibre’ for film crews in the field.