Net Insight supported Metrasat to bring Asian Games broadcast to the world

In April 2018 Net Insight announced an order for a multi-sport event in Asia providing both media transport for production and contribution from the sports venues to the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) as well as services.

Net Insight supported the 18th Asian Games that took place during a couple of weeks in August – September in 2018. This was the first time that the Asian Games was hosted in two cities, in the capital city Jakarta and in Palembang city, approximately 600 km apart. The main host city Jakarta held the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games, but six sport venues and a mini-IBC were located in Palembang.

“It was very challenging to handle such a prestigious and big event like Asian Games and Net Insight helped us to solve the challenge. The Nimbra solution showed excellent performance during the Asian Games,” says Bogi Witjaksono, Managing Director, Metrasat.

“The equipment worked very well and there were no complaints during this event. I am very satisfied,” says Linda Wahyudi, Director of Broadcast Department INASGOC (Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee).

The implementation of the media network for Metrasat, a subsidiary company of Telkom Indonesia engaged in VSAT and broadcast was made by Net Insight together with Transtel Universal, Net Insight’s partner in Indonesia. Net Insight’s media transport platform Nimbra performed perfectly throughout the Games even with broadcast feeds from Palembang, 600 km away. Nimbra 640s, Nimbra 680s and Nimbra 688s equipped with video access modules using J2K compression transported live video content to the IBC, being monitored by the host broadcaster IGBS and for distribution to the rights holder broadcasters for the global audience. The Nimbra network was monitored and managed from the CDT (Contribution, Distribution, and Transmission) center in the IBC.


Net Insight provided event service management and a team of four professional services personnel to manage the Nimbra network working in rotating shifts. Transtel Universal also had engineers co-located in the CDT with Net Insight’s team to support Metrasat. Telkom Indonesia managed the underlying telecom network infrastructure.

All in all, there were four entities in the CDT, namely host broadcaster IGBS, Net Insight, Transtel Universal and Metrasat who worked together to make the broadcast transmission work for the Asian Games, bringing superior live sports to TV viewers all over the world.

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