SABC Rolls Out Axia Broadcast Consoles

The Radio Broadcast Facility of the South African Broadcasting Corp. (SABC) recently rolled out 15 Axia Element broadcast consoles and associated IP-Audio routing equipment.
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The Radio Broadcast Facility of the South African Broadcasting Corp. (SABC) recently rolled out 15 Axia Element broadcast consoles and associated IP-Audio routing equipment.

"The Elements will be packaged into flight boxes and will be used for major outside broadcasting events where OB points will be established for all of the SABC's radio services. This setup will be used to cover events like sports — the 2010 FIFA World Cup, for instance — elections, breaking news stories, et cetera," said Richard Fulton of Axia's South Africa distributor Tru-Fi Electronics.

Fulton added that the purchase of the Axia equipment has decreased installation time and cabling to gear like Telos Zephyr Xtream and Zephyr iPort codecs and the Telos Nx12 phone hybrids.

The Livewire standard, developed by Axia Audio, allows broadcasters to build audio networks of any size that transport real-time, live audio, plus program associated data and machine remote control over a switched Ethernet network. The same network can also carry files transfers, messaging and other routine traffic.

The complete system includes 15 Element Consoles, 15 Axia Analog Line Nodes, 4 Axia AES/EBU Nodes, 15 Zephyr Xstreams, 8 Telos Nx-12 Talkshow Systems, and 4 Telos Zephyr iPort MPEG Gateways to interface to SABC's main broadcast facility.

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