International news channel RT with technical support from communications operator Romantis using the Express AM8 spacecraft of Russian Satellite Communications Company broadcast live the 11th BRICS Summit which was held in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, on November 13 and 14, 2019, with participation of the heads of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Express AM8 spacecraft is located at 14° W, the westernmost point of the RSCC orbital constellation. The satellite was developed by ISS-Reshetnev Company in collaboration with Thales Alenia Space and placed into orbit in 2015.
"Express AM8 satellite has unique characteristics and coverage areas, which allow the broadcasting of heavy video content in HD and ultra HD formats for users in Latin American countries and enable arranging for TV streaming for the benefit of European and Russian radio and television companies towards Latin America – Europe,” Ksenia Drozdova, Deputy Director General RSCC, noted.
Alexander Galauz, Head of the IT and Communications Directorate of RT, underlined, “The optimal coverage area and configuration of the Express AM8 beams made it possible to promptly arrange for high-speed data bridge between Russia and Latin America for the RT television channel. We worked closely with our partners in a concerted effort to conduct yet another real-time streaming to a high standard.”
“We’re happy to participate again in cooperation with our partners in covering important global political events involving top public officials,” Dmitry Belyayev, Director General of OOO Romantis, said. “The operational control of mobile satellite stations in the course of streaming was exercised using the equipment of the Romantis remote monitoring center located in Brazil.”
The RT television network includes eight news and documentary channels, online news portals in six languages, as well as global multimedia agency RUPTLY, offering exclusive video materials to mass media all over the globe.
According to international research company Ipsos, RT is watched by 100 million people per week in 47 countries worldwide.
RT is the number-one international news TV channel in the YouTube video hosting services with more than 9.5 bn views.
RT is Russia’s only TV channel which has been shortlisted for the prestigious Emmy awards seven times.
Romantis Group is an international alliance of experts and companies professionally involved in satellite communications. The group includes subsidiaries and international partners which specialize in leasing out the bandwidth of geostationary satellites, system integration, developing and manufacturing satellite communications equipment. The group companies hold licenses for services in their regions and offer integrated solutions for the creation of satellite communications networks for radio and television broadcasting, communications operators, and corporate customers.
Photo credit: brics2019.itamaraty.gov.br