Ethiopias’ FANA TV Expands FlashNet Storage

Ethiopian private broadcaster doubles disk-based storage with Masstech’s FlashNet. Another 150TB is installed at FANA’s headquarters in Addis Ababa expanded by an additional 240TB of mirrored disk storage.

The upgrade was overseen by Athens-based systems integrator Telmaco SA, which also managed the initial installation as part of its extensive work on the original buildout of FANA TV’s state-of-the-art facility.

The FlashNet storage ecosystem integrates with an Avid Interplay Production Asset Management system and Aveco Astra Automation Systems via plugins, providing an automated bridge between the broadcaster’s systems that enables rapid access to FANA TV’s assets. Metadata is stored with the assets throughout their lifecycle, enabling FANA TV’s media and broadcast departments to manage large repositories of media assets and locate and retrieve relevant content ready for post-production, programming and playout.

Masstech FlashNet was chosen for its ability to manage all assets reliably and efficiently across all storage tiers and the native integration to the other systems in FANA’s media operations, enabling the broadcaster to distribute content to different locations and key systems across all departments,” said Drossos Kyriazis, MD, Broadcast, Telmaco. “FlashNet met FANA TV’s complex storage requirements and kept the overall cost of the infrastructure very low.”

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