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Sýn, the Icelandic company formed by merger of Vodafone Iceland and 365 broadcast media, has deployed an IP solution from Nevion for new facilities in Reykjavik.
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The project, delivered in collaboration with local system integrator Exton ehf, went live on 8 February 2019.

Sýn wanted to consolidate its telecom and broadcast premises for cost-efficiency and work-effectiveness reasons. This required broadcast production to move to new premises. Rather than transfer the existing SDI production network infrastructure, Sýn opted for a new IP media network. The production equipment, including cameras, video and audio mixers, would remain unchanged, i.e SDI-based.

“For us, this was a critical project, that needed to be delivered on time, as we had already served notice on the old building, and of course we could not go off air,” said Árni Finnson, head of broadcast at Sýn. “We could have taken the safe route and built an SDI infrastructure, but we knew that was not a good investment in the long term. We picked Nevion and Exton because they reassured us that our requirements could be met, and indeed, they delivered on time!”

At the core of the solution delivered in the new facilities is an IP network built around Nevion’s commercial off the shelf (COTS) eMerge IP switches. Nevion’s software-defined media nodes, Virtuosos, provide the gateways between the SDI equipment and the IP media network, as well as video and audio processing, and 4K TICO encoding.

For sports and media production, in which many pieces of SDI equipment are used, Nevion’s compact hybrid SDI routers, Sublime X2, are used to enable easy routing between the equipment, without the need to convert to and from IP.

Sýn also has some equipment remaining in other locations – the satellite reception site, as well as in the DVB and IPTV headend site. These two sites are connected via fibre, with Nevion Flashlink equipment enabling the transport of the IP packets.

The orchestration and control of the whole network, including the IP and SDI routers, is handled by Nevion’s VideoIPath. The broadcast control, i.e. the user-interface for the production team, is Nevion’s Multicon.

IP media networks  have now reached a level of maturity that allows them to be delivered as quickly as SDI networks,” said Hans Hasselbach, chief commercial officer at Nevion. “In fact, given the cabling is so much simpler, with a few lightweight fibres being used instead of the multitude of bulky SDI cables, IP media networks can even be delivered faster in greenfield sites like Sýn’s facilities. Of course, this does require the supplier and the delivery team to have the right expertise and experience – which Nevion and Exton have. We are of course very pleased with the result.”