Aviwest technology provided live coverage for the latest Majlis Al-Shure elections in Oman

Aviwest equipment deployed at Oman Elections attached to a camera

The Public Authority for Radio and TV (PART) of the Sultanate of Oman deployed a complete Aviwest solution to broadcast live coverage of the October 2019 Majlis Al-Shura elections, which take place every four years. PART selected the Aviwest PRO3 Series HEVC bonded cellular transmitters, QUAD antennas and StreamHub transceivers. ApexTec served as the distributor, ensuring a seamless product deployment.

“For such an important event in the Sultanate, broadcasting live election footage with greater efficiency and simplicity was key” said Said Al Shreqi, director general of PART. “The Aviwest solution offered us an affordable way to stream live, high-quality video successfully from any voting center in the region.”

More than 700,000 Omanis voted on Shura council members, choosing from among 737 candidates. With 110 voting centers across the country, PART relied on the Aviwest Pro3 Series to deliver live HD video to Oman TV over 3G/4G networks, providing the Oman population with real-time updates and election results.

Saud Ahmed Al Harrasi, director of satellite broadcasting and links at PART, commented, “Our engineering team and cameramen had a good experience with Aviwest and were very impressed by the exceptional performance of the whole system. We look forward to making the best use of the new features and application of the system.”

The PRO3 Series provided the broadcaster with a light solution that can be mounted directly on professional cameras or carried in a specially designed backpack. In addition, thanks to Aviwest patented and Safe Streams Transport (SST) protocol, PART’s journalists were able to transmit live videos over bonded 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connections using PRO380 field units “without having to worry about network conditions”, as stated at the press release. “With 110 different voting sites around the Sultanate of Oman, there was a large ground to cover during the election,” said Nicola Atta, sales manager at AVIWEST. “Our live video solution is lightweight and compact, so it’s perfect for mobile newsgathering. It’s also cost-saving, reducing the amount of equipment and bandwidth needed to transmit high-quality live video.”

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