A need arose for an extra satellite resource in the course of setting up systems designed to support video monitoring of poll and vote counting procedures at polling stations in remote or hard-to-reach regions of Russia during Presidential election on 4 March 2012 – a challenging engineering task.
As domestic satellite operators are experiencing a severe shortage of capacities, RSCC, a leading Russian operator, requested RSCC’s foreign partners and major satellite companies Eutelsat and Intelsat to look into a possibility of providing capacities to support on-line video transmissions. With a deep understanding of the importance and the scale of the task, the three operators (including RSCC) carried out an analysis and provided five transponders to support video transmissions from polling stations in the South European Russia.
Both the Russian and the foreign satellites whose transponders will support video monitoring of polls will make use of RSCC’s ground facilities. Two additional central stations have been set up at the Dubna Satellite Communications Center – one to operate with a Hughes hub (via the Intelsat satellite positioned in the 62° E slot) and the other to operate with a Gilat hub (via the Eutelsat satellite positioned in the 3° E slot). Shift teams have been put together to support non-stop manning of the equipment at the RSCC Satellite Communications Center. As of 27 February 2012, more than 55 % of the ground support hardware has been put in operation, with the work pace increasing from day to day.
Moreover, the throughput of the communication lines has been expanded for the benefit of Chukotkasvyazinform so that video streams can be fed into the RSCC VSAT networks that make use of the Khabarovsk hub.