Tunisia's Office National de Télédiffusion (ONT), the national broadcast organization, has awarded Alcatel a contract for the supply and the installation of a fully digital audio-visual transmission infrastructure. This infrastructure will be installed for the Mediterranean Games, due to take place in October 2001 in Tunisia, and will allow the connection of the regional radio stations to the national microwave network.
The Alcatel solution will allow the coding and the transport of the TV and radio FM signals from their source to the control room. The routing of the signal will be made through radio networks and optical fiber networks.
During the Games, all sporting competitions will be broadcasted from the main Tunisian stadiums (Rades, Sousse, Sfax and El Menzeh). In all, the ONT shall be able to distribute simultaneously more than 6 TV programs and 12 radio programs on the network.
Alcatel is a major supplier of Tunisia' telecoms, in particular for public switching, microwave and fiber optic transmission, and enterprise systems. In 1990, Alcatel created Alcatel Tunisie. The subsidiary, which employs a hundred engineers, focuses on data network software development in close relationship with Alcatel's corporate research and development center in Marcoussis (Paris).
Alcatel builds integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions worldwide. With 120,000 employees and sales of 23 billion euros in 1999, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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