Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 01-09-2011

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera Sports has joined the IP-based network to exchange multimedia data via satellite operated by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), after investing in a number of Newtec TV interactive terminals.

ASBU’s multimedia exchange network over satellite (MENOS) network, which utilises Arabsat satellite capacity, allows users to share video and audio content from scattered sites. With its newly acquired technology, Al Jazeera Sports will now receive TV signals and data from key sporting events.

“For the first time Al Jazeera will be benefitting from the ASBU-MENOS network we successfully operate. We are pleased to continue our on going cooperation with Al Jazeera in this vital project for the Arab region,” said Slaheddine Maaoui, director general, ASBU.

“We are constantly looking at ways to improve technology and services. Thanks to the MENOS network there is now a professional broadcast exchange network ensuring a high quality service to our members, as well as other broadcasters in the region,” he added.

Satellite communications company Newtec installed its MENOS multimedia technology at the ASBU facility in Algiers in 2008. “It has been designed to provide not only the fastest and most cost effective technology for exchanging media content, but also a complete range of tools to facilitate related coordination tasks and people collaboration across the network,” said Serge Van Herck, chief executive of Newtec.