Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 13-09-2013
Space technology company Astrium has signed a contract with France Télévisions for its KA-News service.
Following a six-month trial period on several of France Télévisions vehicles, the collaboration now extends to over nine France Télévisions vehicles for a period of three years.
The new KA-News service will enable France Télévisions teams to transmit high-speed data and broadcast live HD via Ka-band terminals with automatic deployment antennas, even in the most remote locations, without having to worry about the technical aspects of the connection.
Using Eutelsat's KA-SAT satellite, the KA-News service, developed in-house by Astrium Services, provides journalists with greater independence as they're equipped with small satellite antennas on-board light vehicles.
Much more compact, the Drive Away antenna chosen by France Télévisions is a 360° self-pointing motorised antenna, ready for use in just a few minutes.
"The small size of the antenna does not affect the performance of KA-News communications services which is exceptional, thanks to the very high speeds provided by the KA-SAT satellite (up to 10Mbps in reception and transmission). Users also have an optimal bi-directional access, enhanced by the opportunity to benefit from on-demand dedicated bandwidth," Astrium explains.