- AFNEX: Delivery of 12 to 20 CAMERAS HD OB vans and DSNG Vans to AFNEX for the coverage of the 2010 CAN in
If you want quality, how much does digital equipment installation cost today for African TV channels and radio stations?
What's good for our clients is that the broadcast equipment in general gets cheaper - and more reliable and better - every year due to the use of computer-based, digital systems. There are several ways to set-up a TV or Radio station and this is where IEC is an important provider because as a system integrator and distributor of all major brands we can offer systems suited to our clients' budgets. We have built TV stations starting from 350KE all the way to 12 millions and up.
How long does it take to set up or upgrade a TV or radio studio to digital?
From 3 weeks for a small private TV or Radio station to several months for bigger, more sophisticated systems.
What are the best technical options for an African TV station to go digital, extend its coverage and how much each option cost?
It all depends on the TV station's allocated budget. Again, there are many ways to go digital. As per coverage I would suggest them to choose the right satellite bouquet.
What about after sales service, customer support and technical training after the installation?
Technical training is an important issue with African broadcasters and I must add that there is still a big gap in that field. Technology is going very fast and unfortunately, African technicians, in most cases, haven't been trained in ages and do not get regular training updates. So it is difficult to train people who have been working on analogue equipment for many years and have them understand how HD works now.
What we get asked to do is to train younger generations who are more familiar with computerized equipment.
When it comes to After Sale Service, nowadays equipment is pretty reliable so we don't have much problem with that. In case of technical issues within the warranty conditions and jurisdiction, clients ship the faulty equipment back to us and we either repair it quickly or send another machine if we know it will take some time to repair. We have a dedicated 'Internal Service and Maintenance Department' fully registered with major brands like
What are your financial terms and conditions?
Down and advance payments as well as L/C. It is important that payments are secured. We have seen so many companies going bankrupt by giving too much credit lines to International clients. IEC has been in this industry for 30 years, has more than 800 employees and is listed on the
What is IEC's competitive advantage vs. companies like Grass Valley,
As opposed to broadcast equipment manufacturers who can only offer their own brands, IEC can offer all brands and has the ability to choose what's best from each manufacturer and then integrate all this equipment to make it the best possible system. That is why we can offer multiple reliable turnkey systems at different budgets. Therefore the client has more choices. Moreover IEC has been working with
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