Last week, we delivered the UEFA Champions League match between KÍ Klaksvík and Ferencvaros from the Faroe Islands using OneWeb. OneWeb uses satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to deliver global connectivity to underserved regions like the Faroe Islands. Working with OneWeb, Zixi and Network Innovations, we used our low-latency C-100 Encoder to deliver high quality video at comparable bitrates to traditional satellite vehicles (of which the Faroes have none).
Our encoders and decoders are continuing to deliver high quality sports transmissions over new technologies like LEO satellites without the limitations of backpack-style solutions. After leaving the Faroe Islands, the broadcast signal was subsequently uplinked to traditional satellite for broadcasters around the world to receive. This meant that broadcasters could acquire the signal for this match in the same way they are used to, without the need for any new equipment. More information about these hybrid Satellite/IP workflows are available on our Satellite Replacement and Augmentation page.
We were one of the first users of the Kymeta Hawk u8 antenna, a state of the art electronically scanned array designed for portable and mobile use.
It was a monumental team effort to get this done. Thanks to the numerous teams at OneWeb, Network Innovations, Zixi, DHL, Norlink, Búgvi Øster and the Klaksvik Fire Brigade for making this happen.