TS News - Columbia Comms Launches New Digital Service

TELE-satellit News, 21 March 1997

Columbia Comms Launches New Digital Service
  WASHINGTON, DC, USA, 97/03/21 (TS) -- Columbia Communications has
launched a new compressed digital video transmission service in partnership
with Teleport London International (TLI) and Washington International
Teleport (WIT). Atlantic Digilink, as the service is named, was "the most
competitively priced video service of its kind, available" claimed the

  The system was explained by Kenneth Gross, president of Columbia
Communications. He said, "London service would include fiber connection
from the BT tower in London to the uplink facility at TLI and utilization
of Scientific Atlanta power compression equipment using an 8 MBPS, MPEG-2,
DVB compatible format. The space segment is provided on the COLUMBIA/TDRSS
Satellite System.  Downlink facilities include decoders at WIT and
connection into the Bell Atlantic switch."

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