Tieline the POTS solution in Lebanon
Mr. Wadih A. Jawdeh with a Commander G3 Field unit
Radio Sawt El GHAD, a leading Arabic radio station in Lebanon had a constant challenge. Lots of outdoor live remote broadcasts several times per day, where some live broadcasts had to be done from several places at the same time! Given Lebanon's mountainous terrain, Sawt El GHAD invested great efforts in order to provide a clear signal during their events. They had to survey the transmission site at least one week prior the event in order to prepare and route their microwave radio Link network (sometimes using several back to back links) in order to reach their main studios in Beirut.
General Manager of Radio Sawt el GHAD Mr. Wadih A. Jawdeh said, "We dreamed about a machine that could transmit high quality audio using a standard telephone line. When we first found out about Tieline codecs, it was the solution we had been waiting for, so we decided to test the units"
"Tieline codecs have provided us with the most efficient solution in overcoming the geographical barriers of Lebanon to broadcast our Road-shows from wherever we wanted without any concerns" "Moreover, we use Tieline codecs in even bigger challenges, such as transmitting real time live music from concerts and important events from all over the world without worrying about receiving our return signal from the local terrestrial coverage since Tieline enables us to send and receive broadcast quality audio over a standard telephone line"
In 2005, Sawt El Ghad network expanded its terrestrial coverage to reach several countries such as Jordan (101.5FM), Bahrain (94.8 FM) and Australia (1620 AM), etc... Sawt el Ghad main studios located in Beirut are the home of production of several shows that are being aired on the Lebanese terrestrial network (96.7 FM & 97.1FM) and over their ART satellite frequency that could also serve to provide the main program to the international network.
Mr A. Jawdeh said "We chose the Tieline solution over the satellite option: because the bidirectional audio functionality provides us with a solution for interacting with our local listeners from each country where we give them the opportunity to dial local telephone numbers to participate in our live programs, and we use Tieline's audio return feed to bring back the voice of callers to our main studios in Beirut where the show is being hosted; while we use the send feed to transmit the master program to our networks abroad.
Finally, we truly should express gratitude to Tieline technology because they really shaped the way we think in our radio programming today.