Purple Turtle was contacted by Run Walk for Life’s production team for their annual global celebration link up. Their request was for a 2 way satellite uplink from Zambia, South Africa and Tanzania (rural)
Video would be sent via satellite and needed to be received by us and sent to big screens at the venues so that the people gathered in the venue could see the global event happening and be part of it.
Each site needed to have a satellite link running the whole time with live video so allow HQ to cut to the regions to show it on the world feed

Their specific requirements:

• 2 way satellite link at 3 Remote African sites


  • Short notice, under 7 days to deploy
  • Tanzanian Location was 300km from nearest major centre.


Purple Turtle deployed out SNG (Satellite News Gathering) flyaways and trucks to Zambia and South Africa using the Purple Turtle SNG Uplink in Africa solution. The Tanzanian solution was a little more complicated due to time constraints and customs challenges. We opted to use a Tanzanian Broadcaster for the solution who we talked through the whole process. The next challenge was getting them to the location in time. Distance to travel and the poor quality of roads, or the non existence of roads posed a challenge as we have had equipment destroyed by just traveling on these roads before. A quick solution was found in the form of chartering a Cessna Caravan capable to taking the crew and equipment to the remote site.


Great success, the reaction of the people viewing in each venue when the world feed went live to them was amazing, seeing themselves on tv for the first time had the room erupting with excitement each time.

The interactivity made the day as they were no longer just watching TV, they were part of the TV they were watching. You can imaging the response to this for the people gathering in the Tanzania location which was very rural.

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