Abu Dhabi Media relies on Dejero for connectivity to support its live coverage of world’s biggest event

March 16, 2022

Dejero Smart Blending Technology ensures uninterrupted connectivity between production crew, on-site studio, and Abu Dhabi Media’s HQ, for live broadcast of twice daily programmes from Expo 2020 in Dubai

Waterloo, Ontario, March 16, 2022 — Dejero has announced that Abu Dhabi Media is relying on fourteen Dejero EnGo mobile transmitters and four WayPoint 104 receivers to support its ongoing coverage of what is the world’s biggest cultural gathering, Expo 2020, hosted in Dubai until the end of March 2022.

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Abu Dhabi Media is relying on fourteen Dejero EnGo mobile transmitters and four WayPoint 104 receivers to support its ongoing coverage of Expo 2020, Dubai

With the motto ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future through sustainability, mobility and opportunity”, Expo 2020 is the first international Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region in its 170-year history. A total of 192 countries are represented at dedicated pavilions around the Exhibition Centre, located in a new purpose-built ‘city’ in Dubai which is twice the size of Monaco, and where 25 million visitors are expected to attend over 6 months.

Local systems integrator, Ideal Systems, was commissioned to build Abu Dhabi Media’s purpose-built state-of-the-art five-camera studio and gallery at the Expo 2020 site, with five wireless cameras being used to capture content from the pavilions.

Abu Dhabi Media’s production crew uses four EnGo mobile transmitters for sending live footage and interviews from the Expo’s Exhibition Centre pavilions to a WayPoint receiver located at Abu Dhabi Media’s purpose-built on-site studio. The EnGo transmitters also provide real-time voice communication to enable the director in the studio to talk to the presenter on the ground.

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Using Dejero’s Smart Blending Technology for connectivity in place of installing fiber cables and/or satellite, across the entire Expo area, saved Live HD substantial time and resources

A further ten EnGo transmitters are streaming two daily live shows, from the studio in Dubai, to three Dejero WayPoint 104 receivers at Abu Dhabi Media’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi where the receivers reconstruct the feeds, decode the HEVC and output for broadcast and redistribution worldwide.

Jean Claude Rahme, Head of OB at Live HD, a government media entity supporting Abu Dhabi Media’s coverage of Expo 2020, explains how the use of Dejero’s technology is saving the organization substantial time and resources: “The Expo 2020 exhibition area is huge at 45,000 square meters, so the logistics of running fiber lines from location to location, or installing antennas for satellite connectivity within a building of this size would have taken up huge resources in terms of installation, maintenance and cost.”

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Abu Dhabi Media’s production crew uses EnGo mobile transmitters for live footage and interviews from the Expo’s Exhibition Centre pavilions

“With EnGo, connectivity is very straightforward,” Rahme continues. “We regularly encode at up to 20 Mbps from the pavilions because we are able to use six point-to-point SIM cards to aggregate IAD connections from Etisalat cellular networks and achieve full coverage inside the building. Because we use EnGo mobile transmitters, there are no limitations when it comes to line-of-sight to satellite antennas nor do we have to rely on a single private network.”

The Dejero EnGo utilizes Dejero’s Smart Blending Technology to create a resilient internet connection by aggregating multiple networks into a single service. This allows for the transmission of high-quality live video with glass-to-glass latency as low as 0.5 seconds over the bonded cellular connections. “Effectively, Dejero’s technology is replacing the need for ENG satellites,” said Rahme.

“Dejero was the best solution for us,” concluded Rahme. “Not only does it provide more flexibility and mobility for our production crew on site, it also gives us completely reliable connectivity – both with our studio at the Expo and our headquarters in Abu Dhabi – which is crucial to the speed at which we can gather the content in order to build and deliver our daily morning and evening programmes.

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About Dejero

Driven by its vision of reliable connectivity anywhere, Dejero delivers real-time video and networking solutions that provide resilient, uninterrupted internet connectivity for critical communications. Powered by intelligent network aggregation technology, Dejero combines diverse telecommunication networks including 4G/5G cellular, GEO/MEO/LEO satellite, and fixed broadband, to create a software-defined ‘network of networks’ managed in the cloud. The result is enhanced reliability, expanded coverage, and greater bandwidth for its global customers. Founded in 2008, privately-held Dejero is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Learn more at www.dejero.com.

About Abu Dhabi Media

Abu Dhabi Media is the UAE’s leading public service broadcaster and media company that focuses on developing, producing and distributing unique premium content, covering news, entertainment, sports and culture to a wide array of demographics across the Arab World. 

Established in 1969, in line with the vision of the UAE’s Founding Father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Media has become one of the largest media companies in the Middle East and GCC regions and has a major role in fulfilling and promoting the key pillars of the UAE. 

Focusing on digital first content, Abu Dhabi Media’s portfolio includes exclusively digital assets, as well as digital and traditional platforms for its TV, radio, and print assets.

Abu Dhabi Media is also available on Smart TV applications, including Apple TV and Android TV, delivering streaming, catch-up and video on demand services on ADTV and AD Sports. Also, the new addition of AD Radio’s digital platforms and applications features audio and podcast streaming across the radio assets. 

Today, Abu Dhabi Media includes 23 media assets, as well as two subsidiaries – Tawzea and UPP.

Abu Dhabi Media is part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a diverse portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil economy.

For more information, please visit: www.admedia.ae

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