Russian broadcasting turns to SkyLine for DVB-T2 network management


Michelle Clancy

| 28 September 2015

The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRN) has selected SkyLine's DataMiner to manage its DVB-T2 network infrastructure.

RTRN's DVB-T2 terrestrial network covers a large geographical region and consists of more than 5,000 digital transmitter sites that all need to be orchestrated. Nationwide content is distributed over a satellite network, and there's also local content for more than 70 regions.

"The huge geographical coverage and sophisticated regionalisation of content and advertisements have made it a real challenge for our engineering teams to design a suitable future-proof network architecture," said Victor Pinchuk, first deputy general director, RTRN. "Our experienced architects and engineers have selected a blend of best-fit equipment to build this revolutionary, large-scale and complex infrastructure ... The multi-vendor DataMiner network management and operational support system has been instrumental to our procurement strategy, since we needed an end-to-end network management solution to manage and operate the network irrespective of vendor or device type in the network."

DataMiner is integrated with more than 4,000 devices from almost 500 different vendors, thus providing a unified end-to-end view on the entire network of RTRN. And even if there are many different brands of devices in the network, DataMiner uniquely provides uniform views, controls and operations. It offers alarm correlation and root cause analysis across the 70 regional headends and well over 40,000 network elements.

"The RTRN network really benefits from the DataMiner system architecture, as it can be scaled to manage and operate both small networks and the world's largest network infrastructures," said Ben Vandenberghe, CEO, Skyline. "No other system reduces operational cost to that extent. The multi-vendor nature of our system allows RTRN to deploy the best suited equipment today and in the future. We even made the provisioning of the DataMiner platform a simple task; our OSS/BSS foundation pulls all provisioning data from RTRN's central network inventory database."