Broadcast Partners Praise APT Codecs
Netherlands — Broadcast Partners is a provider of broadcasting
solutions, specializing in building and maintaining transmission
networks for a substantial number of commercial radio stations
throughout Denmark and the Benelux countries (Belgium, the
Netherlands and Luxembourg). In total, the
company manages more than 350 FM transmitters, about 40 DAB
transmitters and a number of AM transmitters.
APT codecs in a Broadcast Partners rack.
am responsible for the design, building and maintenance of this
extensive transmission network.
the Broadcast Partners’ network, we use a range of APT codecs in
various applications, for both contribution and distribution of audio
and RDS/TMC data.
an extensive network such as that of Broadcast Partners, I find that
the choice of equipment is critical, as we simply do not have the
time or resources to attend to frequent failures or maintenance
requirements. As a business, we need to have confidence that the
equipment within our network will deliver the high quality and
performance level demanded by our customers and the assurance that we
can control a geographically widespread network from a single
location. We have found that APT codec equipment has been able to
meet these stringent demands and we are very happy with their
operation within our network.
introduced APT codecs into the Broadcast Partners’ network in 2010
and we have had a good relationship with the company since. Our
network includes more than 50 stereo APT codecs and 15 multichannel
we tested the stereo WorldCast Horizon IP audio codec and compared it
with several other codec brands that we used or were considering
using in our network. We were significantly impressed by the
reliability and stability that the APT units offered, as well as our
ability to manage the units remotely.
the fact that our network is widespread geographically, we want to
minimize the need for site visits whenever possible, so these two
factors in the product were critically important.
require that the equipment in our network is as uniform as possible
and delivers quality audio and APT was able to offer us a platform
that offered exceptional audio performance at an acceptable price.
All of these factors combined made APT codecs an easy choice.
APT Horizons were deployed on the installation of all-new IP
connections and on many existing links where ISDN connections were
replaced by IP. In 2012, we introduced APT’s latest stereo codec,
the Horizon NextGen, into our network, again after extensive testing.
While the conventional Horizon IP audio codecs have proven reliable
in service, we are replacing these with Horizon NextGens, which are
both cost-effective and also offer greater flexibility as they can be
deployed in both analog and digital configurations.
Horizon NextGens are particularly suitable for establishing flexible,
temporary audio links over the Internet.
deployed throughout our network are a number of multichannel WorldNet
Oslos, to interconnect our main datacenters and serve as studio
transmitter links for our primary program feeds. In these locations,
units must be failsafe in operation; the Oslo provides us with great
peace of mind. We have deployed the Oslos largely on E1 connections,
but some of the units are working on IP links with APT’s SureStream
technology, which provides fantastic reliability.
information, contact Tony Peterle at APT/WorldCast Systems in Florida
at 305-249-3110 or visit www.aptcodecs.com.