Ekinops helps avert Belgian football disaster

1 OCTOBER 2008 -- Ekinops, SEE Telecom, and Belgacom announced today that through their partnership they were able to deploy, in record time, a high-definition video transport network designed for television production applications. The first application is live coverage of the Pro League football matches in Belgium.

Oct 1st, 2008

1 OCTOBER 2008 -- Ekinops (search for Ekinops), SEE Telecom, and Belgacom (search for Belgacom) announced today that through their partnership they were able to deploy, in record time, a high-definition video transport network designed for television production applications. The first application is live coverage of the Pro League football matches in Belgium. (Ed. Note: For you barbaric North Americans, that means soccer, not the now defunct NFL Europe.) The new season began in August and continues until May 2009.

"SEE Telecom and Ekinops quickly convinced us that their technological partnership was the best alternative for Belgacom. We have been impressed by Ekinops' technical expertise in 10-Gbit/sec aggregation and we relied on local support from SEE Telecom, with whom we have worked for several years now. Ekinops and SEE Telecom provided us the perfect solution within a very limited timeframe," declared Belgacom.

"In only four months time, armed with our highly flexible and programmable T-Chip (Transport on a Chip) Technology, we were able to deliver a solution that meets Belgacom's needs 100 percent. We appreciate that Belgacom relies on our differentiating technology and the Ekinops 360 Dynamic Multi-Reach Transport System to offer new value-added services to their subscribers," declared Didier Brédy, CEO of Ekinops.

Belgacom needed to connect its 10-Gbit/sec backbone to all the stadiums of the First League, and then link the various broadcasters to its own switching centre. Before choosing Ekinops, Belgacom evaluated several transport suppliers in early 2008. However, Belgacom concluded that only SEE Telecom and Ekinops could meet the crucial technical constraints and deadline requirements, according to the technology suppliers. In addition to an extremely short timeframe, Belgacom had specific needs in terms of interfaces and infrastructure. Specifications included:


  • aggregation of four HD-SDI video signals on 10-Gigabit Ethernet
  • integration of a Gigabit Ethernet channel for remote management
  • integration of a channel dedicated to a voice service for the Belgacom technical staff liaison
  • use of only one WDM wavelength
  • interconnection with an existing DWDM system
  • deployment of a fully tested network before the season began.

Ekinops says its DynaMUX (Dynamic Multiplexing) capability, designed to allow multiplexing of any mix of varying service types on a single wavelength over any protocol, enabled the company to fulfill Belgacom's specifications with optimal utilization of network bandwidth. Ekinops' T-Chip also provides for a programmable network-side interface, which enables a customer to pick their transport protocol and for network/line side interoperability with other vendor's systems.

"We had a very tight schedule to implement this network in order to transport the soccer championship in HD format, and the technical solutions available on the market didn't match our needs. Because of that, Belgacom finally made the decision to go for the solutions offered by SEE Telecom and Ekinops," commented a Belgacom source.

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