UPSTAR Selects Nevion for Long-Haul Fiber Optic Transport

100 standard definition and approximately 30 uncompressed high definition signals will travel over dark fiber from central Lisbon to Vendas Novas.
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UPSTAR Comunicacoes, a joint venture between ZON Multimedia, a Portuguese media groups and the Angolan satellite group SOCIP, has selected Nevion, a transport solutions provider for broadcasters, service providers and government entities, to provide advanced multiplexing, conversion and management equipment for its long-haul fiber optic transport.

UPSTAR Comunicacoes needs to transport more than 100 standard definition (SD) and approximately 30 uncompressed high definition (HD) signals over dark fiber from central Lisbon to Vendas Novas, Nevion says in a written statement. Nevion’s Flashlink product family enabled scalable transport of all UPSTAR’s signals in a single optical fiber without any amplification over the 100 km distance between the locations.

Flashlink modules combine advanced dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) and time-division multiplexing (TDM) enabling UPSTAR to transmit a combination of HD and SD signals over a single fiber, while leaving room for additional wavelengths and significantly reducing our costs, said Luis Henriques, UPSTAR’s technical director. “Flashlink’s reliability, low-power and low-maintenance design were also key factors in our decision to choose Nevion,” he said.

The scalable solution features multiple 4-channel SD-SDI/DVB-ASI time division de-multiplexers, 40-channel DWDM and numerous conversion modules, Nevion says. A browser-based graphical and SNMP monitoring system known as Multicon-GYDA offers comprehensive monitoring with remote firmware upgrades and customizable system overview for visual monitoring. A spare card set is also included for the most efficient main, secondary and third level back-up.

“Zon has been one of the major users of Flashlink optical solutions over the last few years and with their impressive optical network coverage they’re an example of a company that challenges technology to its maximum,” said Arne-Johan Martinsen, Nevion’s director of product marketing for the Flashlink product line.

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