Egyptian State Broadcaster Begins HD Transition with Quantel Enterprise sQ system

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 order was placed with Quantel through Systems Design, the Egyptian SI that is managing the project for ERTU.

The new Quantel system will be used to produce ERTU’s flagship Nile News program, and will also support eight other ERTU studios with news bulletins. It will be integrated with ERTU’s existing ENPS newsroom computer system.

“We are obviously delighted that the ERTU has chosen to partner with Quantel to deliver its new HD-ready newsroom,” says Thomas Birner, Quantel director of sales for The Middle East and Central Europe. “ERTU’s criteria for the new system closely match the key strengths of our Enterprise sQ technology – speed to air, ease of use, resilience and streamlined workflow with limitless potential for future expansion as their needs change and grow.

The ERTU Enterprise sQ system is built around an array of Quantel sQ servers providing 3,000 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.