Dejero and Intelsat Join To Extend Reach For Remote ENG Broadcasters

Veteran satellite and fiber connectivity provider IntelSat has partnered with Dejero, pioneers of bonded cellular video transmission technology to offer hybrid Ku-band IP connectivity as part of a new hybrid bandwidth service Dejero calls CellSat.

There was a time when the two companies were viewed as competitors, as Dejero and other bonded cellular providers began to take business away from satellite bandwidth suppliers like InteSat. Now they are working together to make it easier for newsgathering clients to go live from virtually anywhere.

“I think everyone understands that there are times when bonded cellular system alone won't get the job done,” said Peter Ostapiuk, Head of Media Product Services for IntelSat. “On the other hand, we recognized that IntelSat has to fit into the new types IP workflows that are being deployed. I think together we offer a flexible yet cost-effective solution that makes sense to the customer trying to keep costs down.”

The CellSat service was designed with simplicity in mind so crews can focus on setting up quickly and getting the live shot back to the broadcast facility and on the air. It’s based on Dejero’s patented network blending technology that combines cellular connectivity from multiple mobile network carriers with Ku-band IP connectivity provided by Intelsat. If the available cellular connections dip due to network congestion or other factors, CellSat automatically blends in Ku-band IP satellite connectivity to boost bandwidth to the requested level for the live shot.

Bogdan Frusina, founder of Dejero, said that by taking advantage of cellular and satellite connectivity, CellSat offers high reliability for customers.

Bogdan Frusina, founder of Dejero, said that by taking advantage of cellular and satellite connectivity, CellSat offers high reliability for customers.

“We are addressing the dilemma that broadcasters face about which video transport assets to deploy to a news story or live event,” said Bogdan Frusina, founder of Dejero. “By taking advantage of cellular and satellite connectivity, CellSat offers high reliability to our customers, with the convenience of procurement, network management, billing, and support from a single vendor.”

The Dejero CellSat service communicates with the satellite terminal auto-acquire system to simplify the satellite connection process. There’s no need to schedule satellite time, saving crews valuable time and removing the constraint of broadcasting within a certain time window. In addition to managing the fluctuating bandwidth of individual cellular connections, CellSat software dynamically allocates satellite bandwidth for optimal performance.

The Dejero CellSat solution includes pre-certified encoding and receiving equipment, network blending software, connectivity services to the CellSat network, cloud management, and 24/7 technical support. Most satellite vehicles with existing Ka-band or Ku-band satellite equipment can be upgraded for compatibility with Dejero CellSat. Dejero CellSat is currently available in the United States and Canada, with rollout to other regions planned for 2018.

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