ASBU MENOS Network Snares IBC Innovation Award.

The Arab States Broadcasting Union’s (ASBU) MENOS content exchange network has snared the coveted IBC Innovation Award for Content Delivery.

In a gala ceremony staged last night in Amsterdam, the technology, developed by Newtec and hosted by Arabsat, beat out rival offerings developed for the UK’s Virgin Media and Czech broadcaster TV Barrandov.
The MENOS exchange network was developed to deliver the ASBU’s 28 member broadcasters with the ability to share resources and produce and transmit content to and from remote locations in the Middle East.

All material exchanged is as files over IP, using a store and forward model at the MENOS hub. Because the system uses IP any services can be carried – the MENOS network also hosts data and telephony interchange, for example – links can be established without any need for line-up, and solid connection can be achieved with relatively small dishes (1.2m – 1.8m) and low power.

The network is also expandable for potentially large numbers of MENOS terminals. Already producers have received certification for Menos-compliant SNG trucks, for example. will bring you interviews with representatives from Newtec, the ASBU and Arabsat in the coming hours.