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The Rise Of Satellite Equipment
Manufacturer ETL Systems
ETL Systems, Managing Director Ian Hilditch fields
our questions on the company’s products,
services and expansion stateside...

InBroadcast: What does ETL
Systems do exactly?
Ian Hilditch: We design and
manufacture professional RF
distribution equipment for satellite
ground stations and other microwave
users. Our product range includes
L-Band Routers, Switches, Splitters,
Combiners and Amplifiers covering
DC-40GHz.

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InB: How is your company
changing to meet client demands?
IH: Key new technologies such as
Ultra HD TV mean more unique
content, requiring more reliable,
resilient, flexible and cost effective
solutions. We are also seeing a
trend towards growing requirements
for satellite bandwidth, driven by
streaming TV to PC’s, tablets and
handhelds. Once again this means
our products need to be more
resilient and adaptable than ever.
Reliability, resilience, and RF
performance are the core customer

requirements which drive our
product innovation and development.
InB: What criteria are broadcasters
using to select products?
IH: Broadcasters are under huge
pressure to provide reliable 24/7
service to a number of platforms. We
are very aware that much of the live
and foreign content used comes in
via Satellite and is then re-produced
for IPTV, cable, fibre, DVB-T and
DVB-S. As a result many hundreds
of thousands of subscribing
customers could be connected
to a particular live downlink – for
example national and international
football, so the impact on service
agreements and revenue is huge if
poorly designed equipment is used.
Our design team concentrates on
RF distribution designs which result
in seamless broadcasts with no
interruptions. At the heart of this is the
use of market leading components in
our designs which give great MTBF,
backed up by monitoring, remote
control and redundancy for further
peace of mind.

ETL Systems 64x64 Vortex, 16x32 Valiant and 16x16 Victor routers

InB: What criteria does the market
use to make buying decisions for
your products?
IH: We are involved in many different
types of international broadcast
projects, ranging from huge
complicated tenders to the simple
expansion of a downlink system.
The common driver we find is that
our RF performance must meet the
technical requirements and we work
hard to improve crosstalk, return
loss, signal flatness and redundancy.
Once the technical hurdle has
been jumped, it is a simple matter
of price, and we work daily with
technicians and procurement around
the world to work out which designs
meet the budget while delivering a
reliable Satcom service.
InB: Which territories are showing
particular activity?
IH: We have recently expanded with
the launch of a new North American
headquarters in Washington DC to
cope with a real surge in demand.
More than 60% of our company’s
total annualised revenue now
originates in North America. Former
Intelsat and Harris Caprock satcom
specialist,
Susan Saadat
has been
appointed
Vice President to lead the

regional headquarters in Washington
DC. The expansion will support our
already strong presence in the US
market which accounts for almost
two thirds of total annualised
broadcast, satellite communication,
system integration and government
orders.
InB: Any innovations ahead that
you can discuss?
IH: High Throughput Satellites will
be very important this year with
many Ka-band satellites being
launched. There are a number of
teleports being constructed globally.
We are involved with most of those
projects and anticipate that we will
be involved with the expansion of
these projects in the coming years
as well.
InB: Give some examples of your
technology in action?
IH: We have been involved in a major
US Government satellite downlink
project to provide expansion and
redundancy RF matrix systems for
routing satellite signals. The heart
of the systems were based on
proven Enigma Matrix modules. Our
25-strong team of R&D experts also
created a newly designed NGM-32
especially for the project, to handle
a higher 1dB gain compression
point of greater than 8dBm.
The NGM-33 (950-2450MHz)
matrix has also recently been put into
service with CP Communications to
offer a unique solution to outside
broadcasts. Along with newly
developed matrix control software,
multiple radio camera antennas can
be seamlessly switched to diversity
receivers and maintain coverage.
New projects in the Middle East
have also been agreed in recent
months with Doha headquartered
global broadcaster Al Jazeera, also
BSkyB owned Sky News Arabia and
North Africa pay TV channel Orbit
Showtime Network.
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to answer our questions.

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InNEWS: Panasonic Announces AK-HC3500A Camera
InNEWS: Shotoku Elevates Newscasting for KETK-TV
InFOCUS: Camera Links – Following All the Vital Action
InTECH: Fischer Connections Solutions for Broadcast
InMEDIA: Delivering Anytime Content on Cable
InMEDIA: Screen – High Definition Subtitling and Beyond
InSOUND: DPA’s D:Dicate Recording Microphone Range
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