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MDR: successful jump to greater safety and reliability

Non-disruptive outdoor transmission with SD-WAN

Nuremberg, May 6, 2020 – The Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk (MDR) produces a varied program. External broadcasts, such as reports of sporting and political events, or concerts, are often also available. In the case of various live broadcasts, it is important to avoid connection interference. To prevent this, the
MDR is complementing its existing systems with the fail-safe router solutions from Peplink.

Ensuring resilience is essential, especially in the case of events that are broadcast live. This is crucial both for the satisfaction of the viewers and for the maintenance of the station image. As a rule, even the smallest interruptions are enough to miss exciting scenes such as the victory jump of a ski jumper. To prevent disconnections, the
MDR is, therefore, looking for an additional router solution for greater security and reliability. The solution had to be especially suitable for external transmissions and easily adapted to the user’s needs. In addition, existing WAN ports should be extended with a line backup. The possibility of flexible provision of transmission capacities, regardless of wired connections, was also important.

Systemhaus Ascend delivered a suitable solution

After individual consultation by Vitel and Ascend GmbH, the MDR opted for Peplink’s Balance 710, MAX HD4 LTE-A and MAX Transit Duo LTE-A router solutions. It also uses Peplink’s cloud-based device management, monitoring, and reporting tool InControl2, which was installed on an existing VMware server.

“Ultimately, The Peplink solutions convinced us with their good value for money and their intuitive usability,” says Uwe Schumann, an employee of the Transmission Systems and Networks department at MDR. “The versatile product range, including the central management platform InControl2, and the flexibility of network routing were exactly what we wanted.”

Interference-free live transmission

Thanks to Peplink’s router solutions, the MDR is able to bundle all available bandwidths and ensure reliable data transmission. One of the project objectives of the broadcaster was to be able to offer a central bonding solution for the entire MDR corporate association, i.e. also for the subsidiaries. In the future, they will operate their own routers and administer them independently.

“The integration of Peplink devices and the bundled bandwidth in combination with the existing transmission systems ensures maximum resilience in the transmission of live recordings,” says Uwe Schumann. “Through the multi-tenant management platform InControl2, we can easily manage the solutions, and with Peplink’s managed service, we also save time and money.”

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