Radio stations must replace Kilostream by March 2020
Beaming’s StudioNet provides innovative technology to replace legacy connections.
Kilostream has long been the industry standard technology for STL (Studio to Transmitter Links), but BT, having stopped the new supply of Kilostream products in 2016, had planned to completely withdraw the service in March 2020. Although this deadline has been extended due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this means that broadcast stations must replace these vital connections soon if they wish to stay on air. With Kilostream now considered a legacy technology there’s a real possibility of degradation in service levels before then, as the knowledge and equipment needed to fix faults become rarer.
The current situation risks the interruption of transmission, with a subsequent loss of advertising revenue, brand damage and the possibility of Ofcom fines. IP technology as a Kilostream replacement must be in place in advance of the cut off to avoid these potentially disastrous scenarios.
Beaming has partnered with industry leading codec manufacturer Systembase to come up with an innovative solution: StudioNet provides a fully IP Kilostream replacement with unrivalled performance, resilience and reliability.
StudioNet leverages fibre optic technology, the gold standard for data transfer, alongside automated resilience failovers to ISDN. Combined with the latest Systembase IP codecs the StudioNet solution features:
- Studio to Transmitter Lines with >1ms latency, to ensure playback without delay.
- Zero jitter for the best possible sound quality.
- Industry leading codec performance
- 5 hour SLA, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, so in the unlikely event of a fault you won’t hang around waiting for an engineer.
- Automated backup connection, so you’ll never be left with dead air.
- Isolated from the internet and associated cyber threats
We helped these radio stations replace Kilostream
With existing studio to transmitter link technologies being phased out, Wave FM wanted an innovative, high performance and ultra reliable solution to their STL problem.
With support for existing circuits due to be withdrawn, KMFM decided to get ahead of the game and put a new digital network in place. It used the opportunity to make its service more resilient and improve sound quality to the point that its FM listening experience would match that of the major national stations.
It's not just radio stations that use Kilostream
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