ERTU, the Egyptian state broadcaster, has purchased a Quantel Enterprise sQ system to handle its entire news production needs as it transitions to HD operation.
The new Quantel system will be used to produce ERTU's flagship Nile News programme, and will also support eight other ERTU studios with news bulletins. It will be integrated with ERTU's existing ENPS newsroom computer system. The order was won in the face of competition from all major news system suppliers and placed with Quantel through Systems Design, the Egyptian SI that is managing the project for ERTU.
The ERTU Enterprise sQ system is built around an array of Quantel sQ servers providing 3000 hours of AVCi50 HD storage and supporting 60 sQ View, sQ Cut and sQ Edit desktop editing applications and eight sQ Edit Plus Craft Editors. The system is split into a number of zones to provide additional resilience. Ingest and playout automation supplied by Aveco will be integrated using a VDCP interface. The system is planned to go on air in October 2010.