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].”