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Canadian Broadcaster Deploys Digigram ‘IQOYA’ Links in the Yukon

Native North Broadcasting Yukon transmits in demanding conditions

Native North Broadcasting Yukon (NNBY), a nonprofit broadcaster in Northwestern Canada, has deployed 22 Digigram IQOYA Link and Link/LEs throughout the Yukon Territory to provide multilingual coverage throughout the more than 480,000 square miles of that wilderness.

NNBY, which has operated for more than two decades, has 20 repeaters deployed throughout the Yukon, including one located above the Arctic Circle, says Digigram, a producer of Internet protocol audio codecs, sound cards and network audio solutions. NNBY is seeking an infrastructure upgrade to increase reliability and reduce operational costs, and it embarked on a two-year evaluation of the available technologies before deciding on the IQOYA solution, the firm says.

Teams from Digigram and Point Source Audio, the company’s 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 Dennis Gerard, NNBY’s director of engineering. “The Digigram technology also gives us an extremely flexible solution with substantially reduced running costs,” he said.

Because the IQOYA IP audio codecs transmit a high-quality stream at an extremely low bit rate made the system an excellent option for transport over satellite, Digigram said. 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, the company adds.

In addition, IQOYA’s “Livewire” compatibility is an advantage for NNBY, which plans to move the entire chain—from content creation to delivery—into the digital domain, the firm says. The added secure digital (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,” says Christelle Nay, Digigram’s sales manager.