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SatADSL to provide broadcasting solution to Catholic radios in Burkina Faso

(22 February 2018 - SatADSL) Catholic radios in Burkina Faso are using the SatADSL broadcasting solution, one of the many satellite IP connectivity services that SatADSL can offer radio and television broadcasters in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

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SatADSL offers radio and television broadcasters efficient, state-of-the-art communication solutions. Often covering very large areas, they need to install multiple local repeaters to receive and regenerate the signal and broadcast their programs everywhere. The SatADSL IP multicast technology provides the perfect solution that meets their requirements. The SatADSL satellite solution is at present the fastest to implement, easiest to use, technically most reliable, and cheapest solution on the market.

The SatADSL solution is straightforward and can be implemented in only a few weeks. A standard satellite terminal with a parabolic dish antenna of 1 meter diameter will be installed and connected to an MP3 stream decoder with the analog output reserved for the FM transmitter. The stream is routed to Brussels over an optical fiber or satellite link where SatADSL broadcasts it via satellite.

]The SatADSL multicast technology allows for simultaneous distributions to repeaters, regardless of the number of sites to cover. This makes the SatADSL solution much cheaper than fiber or any other technology. To guarantee perfect quality, a dedicated satellite channel is used for each FM transmitter. On top of that, SatADSL can provide radio and television broadcasters with specialized tools to monitor the entire network performance.

In Burkina Faso, the Catholic radio network RCBurkina was recently launched. The 14 diocesan radios of the network broadcast daily, focusing on human development and social cohesion. The RCBurkina network operates from a central radio station in the capital Ouagadougou, equipped with a studio and a satellite terminal. This station uses the SatADSL multicast solution to broadcast all programs to every radio of the network ‒ with a part of these daily programs being live broadcasts.