SIS LIVE Announces the Launch of New Teleport at MediaCityUK

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Satellite uplink and outside broadcast specialist, SIS LIVE, announces the launch of its brand new teleport facility at MediaCityUK in Salford. It is the largest broadcast teleport ever built in the north of the UK and confirms the company’s position as the leading provider of satellite facilities in Europe.

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This state of the art facility includes nine satellite dishes; two 3.8m, two 4.8m, two 6.3m, two 8.1m and one 9m, plus a handful of smaller dishes.  The new teleport is located on Trafford Wharfside, close to the new Coronation Street facility. Making use of optimised viewing angles of at least 45°East to 45°West, and via careful placement and separation, the dishes are able to see most satellites in use in the UK.

David Meynell, managing director, SIS LIVE says, “The new teleport enables us to offer existing and new customers enhanced services, as well as providing MediaCityUK with direct access to the global satellite market. MediaCityUK will be at the centre of UK broadcasting for many years to come, and the location of our teleport also gives us an enormous visual impact, already generating significant interest in our service offerings.”

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The new teleport is set to go live in line with SIS’s relocation into its new Blue Tower headquarters in July 2012. It will prove a significant asset to SIS’s already impressive inventory of facilities, and further extend its wide-ranging service offerings in the satellite and broadcast markets.

Stephen Wild, managing director, MediaCityUK says, “We are pleased to see SIS’s presence at MediaCityUK continue to grow. This new teleport system system is another key milestone in the development of the complex, allowing improved, unimpeded connectivity with the rest of the world.”

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Statistics:
Teleport by numbers
·    635m3 concrete - (approx. 1270 tonnes)
·    1,536m underground ducting
·    48 tonnes reinforcement bar
·    660m of piles

Technical spec: Dishes (numbered from the canal end of the site)
·    Dish 1, 8.1m DBS band
·    Dish 2, 9.0m C band
·    Dish 3, 8.1m Ka band
·    Dish 4, 6.3m Ku band
·    Dish 5, 6.3m Ku band
·    Dish 6, 3.8m Ku band
·    Dish 7, 3.8m Ku band
·    Dish 8, 4.8m Ku band
·    Dish 9, 4.8m Ku band
·    All dishes are manufactured by General Dynamics Vertex models.
·    All have four port feeds and are transmit capable.

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Support infrastructure
·    The teleport is connected to the SIS control room by fibre optic cables.
·    Two completely separate circuits are in place.
·    The power supplies are covered by a dual UPS and a standby generator.

About SIS
SIS is one of the world’s leading companies in the television broadcasting industry. It is the foremost supplier of television programming and data services to the UK and Ireland betting industry. The company’s broadcast business, SIS LIVE, has the largest satellite uplink fleet in Europe and is the largest outside broadcast provider in the UK. It offers a complete broadcasting solution including onsite outside broadcast facilities, global distribution, satellite internet and IP provision, special camera systems, wireless camera solutions and broadcast systems integration. SIS LIVE designs, manufactures and sells an award-winning range of satellite and broadcast products. The company covers 100,000 hours of live events worldwide each year and credits include the America’s Cup, Formula One, Wimbledon Championships, Glastonbury Festival and European Tour Golf, and delivers approximately 80% of live news feeds across the UK.

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