Hundreds of LiveU units were deployed by India’s broadcasters and online media for their coverage of the Indian General Elections. Broadcasters including ANI, Network 18, Times Now, Aajtak, ETV Network, News Wire Services, GTPL and Bansal News aimed to increase their newsgathering capabilities by deploying the units.
To meet the demands of the campaign trail, increased numbers of LiveU units were provided to customers around India on a long-term and short-term basis. Onsite service and support was provided nationwide by Lamhas Satellite Services, LiveU’s local partner in India.
Piyush Gupta, operations director and CTO at Broadcast, Network 18, said, “We needed to increase our coverage capabilities during the Elections. LiveU, our preferred vendor since the emergence of cellular bonding, responded immediately with the fast delivery of equipment. Supported by the local Lamhas team, we’ve been able to transmit live coverage of the campaign around the country with ad hoc interviews and press conferences. Both LiveU and Lamhas have proved to be trusted partners at this critical time.”
The deployment included LiveU’s new smaller, stronger LU500 uplink unit, weighing less than 1kg. The LTE-ready LU500 is compatible with Indian networks.
“Following the ongoing success of LU70 in recent years covering major events in India, we’re proud that India is one of the first countries to adopt the LU500 backpack,” commented Samuel Wasserman, LiveU’s CEO.