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[HCDX] VT Communications chosen for Afghan Network
VT Communications (VTC) has provided part of the vital link to enable the
communities all over Afghanistan to receive radio programming produced live
Internews Network has been charged with developing indigenous Afghan media
with a focus on radio as part of USAID's Office of Transitional Initiatives
efforts to rebuild the country.
Internews Afghanistan approached VTC with a requirement to live feed a
network of FM and AM affiliate stations being built in 35 key
locations broadcasting the programming of Salaam Watandar. In
addition the programming needed to be made available on short wave radio for
the rural population and those not yet served by an FMtransmitter.
VTC supplied and installed a VSAT uplink to feed programming onto the Europe
*Star satellite. Programming is down linked at VTC's Woofferton
transmitting station in Shropshire, UK before being fed to its Central
London Control Room. VTC distribute programming to its transmission sites
for short wave coverage and to Eutelsat's Hotbird 6 satellite to feed the FM
and AM rebroadcast transmitters in Afghanistan.
The flexibility provided by passing through the control room allows
programming to be backed up or provided from other locations in
Afghanistan or the world. The solution ensures that engineers are on
hand 24 hours per day to ensure the smooth transmission of this very
important community voice.
Taken from The Radio Newsletter
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