With a massive new program of investment in its Nile TV International channel, which first went on air in 1994, Egyptian state television has prepared the way for the country's first-ever broadcasts in HD quality. As part of the program, two of the channel's studios have been completely redesigned and reequipped. Work on the project, now in its practice-oriented test phase, was completed in 2010. The task of specifying and installing an intercom system for the new studios was entrusted to the Egyptian company System Design, which cooperated with RTS/TELEX's Egyptian partner Manial Business Center (MBC Broadcast) regarding the system’s design.
Egyptian TV's new reference studios feature a variety of intercom systems from RTS/TELEX. The heart of the command centre is formed by two modular Cronus matrices – each with 32 channels. Although connected with one another, and therefore forming a logical matrix, the two devices are nonetheless autonomous and capable of being operated independently. Among the other components installed are 15 KP-32-16 and three KP-32 keypanels, a full-duplex BTR-800 wireless station, and a large number of TELEX TR-800-C6 beltpacks and TELEX PH-44R headsets. A TIF-2000 digital hybrid telephone line interface from RTS, which is compatible with Cronus, ADAM, and Zeus matrices, rounds off the installation.
"We have been working with RTS/TELEX systems for years and have had nothing but positive experiences with them," explains Ahmed Gamal Saleh, Managing Director of System Design. "Products from RTS/TELEX are notable for their high quality, but are at the same time simple to use and configure. What convinced us above all, though, was the outstanding support the RTS/TELEX team provides. Their after-sales service is nothing short of exemplary." The management of Nile News International is equally unequivocal in its praise, as Ahmed Gamal Saleh attests: "The customer is extremely satisfied with the whole installation as well as the performance of the system."