Digigram's IQOYA STL solution has been adopted throughout the Yukon Territory in Northwestern Canada by Native North Broadcasting Yukon (NNBY). The broadcaster has deployed 22 Digigram IQOYA Link and Link/LEs to provide multilingual coverage throughout the territory of more than 480,000 square miles.
NNBY, which has operated as a nonprofit organization for more than two decades, has 20 repeaters deployed throughout the Yukon, including one located above the Arctic Circle. Seeking an infrastructure upgrade to increase reliability and reduce operational costs, NNBY embarked on a two-year evaluation of the available technologies before deciding on the IQOYA solution.
Teams from Digigram and Point Source Audio, the company's master distributor for the Americas, worked closely with NNBY's technical staff to configure and customize the solution to the broadcaster's precise requirements and exacting operating environment.
"The IQOYAs have provided rock-solid performance and resilience, which was vital for us because reliability was the number one objective," said Director of Engineering at NNBY, Dennis Gerard. "The Digigram technology also gives us an extremely flexible solution with substantially reduced running costs."
The fact that the IQOYA IP audio codecs are able to transmit a high-quality stream at an extremely low bit rate made them an excellent option for transport over satellite. The small bit rate stream contributes greatly to the lower total cost of ownership, reducing monthly Internet service fees from nearly $2,000 per month to just a little more than $500 per month.
IQOYA's Livewire compatibility was a major advantage for NNBY, which plans future integration to bring the entire chain -- from content creation to delivery -- into the digital domain. The added SD card and analog input options give NNBY the ability to connect to a wide variety of existing studio equipment and maintain prerecorded content stored on an SD card.
"Every broadcaster has its own unique challenges and operating constraints, and NNBY must have some of the more demanding conditions in which to operate," said Christelle Nay, sales manager at Digigram. "That's why the approach we and our distributors take emphasizes close collaboration with the customer so that we build exactly the right tailored solution that they need to achieve outstanding results."