Soliton Systems Announces New Partnership in Germany with Studio Hamburg MCI


Amsterdam, Netherlands – 12 September 2018 – Soliton continues its expansion into Europe with the announcement of a major new partnership in Germany with Studio Hamburg MCI GmbH.

Headquartered in Hamburg, MCI has over 40 years in IT and broadcast Systems Integration for a variety of Broadcast and Public safety customers on literally thousands of projects for hundreds of customers.  By choosing to partner with Soliton to resell their live streaming Outside Broadcast (OB) products, MCI are further enhancing their own portfolio and solutions for live production. Soliton manufacture a range of products including the Zao and Zao-S which are miniature H265 HEVC mobile encoders for live remote production.

The Smart Telecaster range of “Zao” products are used for live events, typically sports production and news gathering environments, by connecting and live streaming direct from the camera on location. They operate by compressing the video to the latest standard of H265, sometimes known as HEVC, and then live streaming over multiple mobile 3G or 4G networks simultaneously. By using H265 as a compression standard, the Zao products are 50% more efficient than traditional h264 encoders. By using multiple 4G connections, they provide high reliability, even in areas with weak signal or congested with many users, though they can also be used with satellite and/or Wifi connectivity.

“Given MCI’s heritage and reputation in the broadcast market, we are deeply honoured to have them represent us in the German market” says Mark Andrews, the Sales Manager of Soliton Systems Europe.  “We look forward to working with Studio Hamburg MCI and serving their customers with our innovative technology.”

Tim Grevenitz, Head of Sales & Marketing , at MCI adds “Studio Hamburg MCI is one of the leading providers of TV live productions equipment and systems. As part of the Studio Hamburg Group, we tested the Soliton Zao solutions and were extremely impressed with its performance and picture quality, even at low bandwidths, especially when compared to other manufacturers.”

Grevenitz continues  “As a consequence of our testing and knowledge of the market, and an appreciation of Soliton’s road-map going forward, we decided to represent the Zao products for the DACH market.”

Studio Hamburg MCI has three offices in Germany and have acquired a demo Zao-S unit that can be used by their clients for evaluation. They make the request that you can contact them for further information if you are interested in evaluating the Soliton range.

About Soliton Systems: Soliton Systems, headquartered in Japan with offices in Europe, USA and China, manufacture a range of mobile video streaming, video encoding and security products. Their flagship product, the Zao Smart Telecaster, is in use by range of global broadcasters, news and sport production companies, and emergency service providers.

About Studio Hamburg MCI:

Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH is a globally active trading and systems integration company in the field of professional broadcast-IT- and AV-technology. MCI advises, plans and implements the construction of television, radio and media technology projects worldwide.

We listen to what our customers need and offer tailor-made solutions. Be it broadcasting or media technology, stationary or mobile, 4K or IP, products or systems, productions or conference rooms ‒ from consulting, technical solutions, equipment and furnishings up to turnkey construction. All of this one-stop.

Soliton Systems Media Contact:

Anita Ghosh

Soliton Systems NV

Gustav Mahlerplein 2

1082MA Amsterdam.


Tel +31 (0) 20 301 21 66

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