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Global TV addresses network congestion using Dejero CellSat

The Canadian broadcaster successfully delivered live coverage of the Royal Wedding despite crews locating at places where cellular networks are congested

At the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier this May, Canadian broadcaster Global TV relied on the Dejero CellSat solution to provide the additional bandwidth required for the live coverage of the event.

For this event, Global TV used CellSat to provide its viewers seven hours of on-location coverage with reporting of every matrimonial detail. For instance, during the build-up and post event, ET Canada hosts Cheryl Hickey and Sangita Patel delivered special reports live from the UK. And on the road for the week of wedding, Global’s flagship newscast, Global National, broadcasted live each evening from Windsor, England.

The challenge Global TV faced during production was that the crews were located in places surrounded by thousands of visitors who were live streaming the event as well to friends around the world, thus congesting the cellular networks.

The HEVC/H.265-capable Dejero CellSat solution integrates cellular connectivity from multiple mobile network carriers with Intelsat’s Ku-band IP satellite connectivity to provide the necessary bandwidth on-demand. This, has enabled broadcasters like Global TV to deliver enhanced picture quality while on location.

Mark Blanchard, manager, network service, Global Television Canada, concluded: “The beauty for us of using Dejero CellSat is that it offers the ability to blend multiple connections and get increased reliability at a big event like the Royal Wedding. It’s great that we can use our existing video-over-IP workflow.”

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