AVC Group set up radio station in Kabul
AVC recently completed the installation of a new studio facility in Kabul, Afghanistan. Arakozia FM, operated by Moby Media, one of Afghanistan's largest media companies, is a USAID backed project that provides talkback radio as a medium for discussion about Afghan life and culture in the Pashto language. AVC also provided transmission equipment to this project and Arakozia FM will transmit from 9 transmission sites across Afghanistan using RVR Transmitters, Tandberg satellite receivers, and Omnia FM processors.
AVC staff installed the Arakozia FM studios at Moby Medias facility in Kabul. "This was a truly turnkey project as every nut, bolt, cable, tool, and consumable needing to be shipped from AVCs Salzburg logistics hub directly to Kabul", said Simon Jackson from AVC Auckland who was one of the AVC team that carried out the installation. "Working in Afghanistan was challenging, if we didn’t bring it with us the chances were we would need to wait for it to be couriered from outside the country which could add weeks to the installation".
This new fully digital station is built around Telos Corporations award winning Livewire Audio over IP Technology. Axia Element consoles paired with Axia Powerstation studio engines have been installed in the Studios with editing workstations in the newsroom operating on virtual mixing surfaces via Axia Pathfinder Panels and touchscreen monitors. AVC supplied all the IT infrastructure from shielded CAT6 cabling to servers, UPS, and workstations. A Telos VX Studio Hybrid system, able to support over 30 simultaneous SIP based lines, allows studios and editing stations to independently make and receive calls as well as act as screening stations for live programmes.
The speed and efficiency provided by using Livewire and Axia enabled AVC to complete the physical installation over just 20 days on site. While the installation team worked in Kabul AVC engineers in New Zealand and Fiji worked remotely on the high level configuration and programming of the Axia routing control system. "This project needed the simplicity of a single Ethernet cable capable of carrying 256 uncompressed stereo channels which is what Livewire offers. Axia goes in fast but it’s still an incredibly powerful matrix routing system. Having the team back home carry out configuration and programming of the complex routing and automation while we plugged in equipment meant we kept time on site to a minimum. Something that was high on all our priorities!".
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