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Supported by years of expertise in regional news gathering, investment in modern technologies and bolstered by specialised management of end-to-end production processes, ABS Network (ABSN) remains one of the largest broadcast service providers in the MENA.
Staying on top in covering news and events, ABSN operates with over 34 mobile SNG trucks fitted with full-HD/4K capabilities and 40 plus live streaming units.
The company boasts 18 branches in major MENA cities and hotspots giving them an unparalleled edge in news delivery.
With a highly-skilled ENG crew, the ABSN service network ranges from filming in 4K/full HD to post-production, editing and distribution via satellite, fibre and online streaming.
As the pandemic entered its second year, ABSN continued to implement Covid regulations to ensure seamless continuity in the essential task of supplying news.
ABSN was founded in 1993 by Jordanian-American media entrepreneur, Mohammed El Ajlouni, who has over three decades of experience in broadcast production and services across the Arab world.
Having successfully built media businesses and hosted channels such as Al Hurra, Al Arabia, RT, BBC, Fox News, ABC News, CNN, KSA TV, Sky News Arabia, Asharq News, and others in his Amman-based production house, he capitalised on the demand for a news gathering service to deliver coverage of the Gulf War.
Consequently, ABS was one of the few production companies to have access to Iraq during the time and the first to gain permission to set an uplink in Jordan.
ABSN operates three main hubs in addition to over a dozen offices scattered in the MENA.
These comprise Dubai, UAE, Amman, Jordan and Washington DC, USA. Sophisticated software and camera tools and equipment fitted in the Washington DC office at the National Press Building have boosted the unit’s mobility and productivity adding momentum to the record and relay of news.
ABSN has representative offices in Baghdad, Beirut, Istanbul, Syria, Gaza, Cairo, Ramallah, Tunis, Kuwait, Aden and Manama. The network has 17 offices, 12 of which are wholly owned by ABSN in major regional hotspots including Erbil, the Green Zone, Qamishli and Gaza. The Aden office has undergone major expansion with a potential to creating better news gathering avenues.
In 2021, newer offices were established throughout Iraq including Basrah, Babyel and the Green Zone, in addition to expanding existing locations in Erbil and Baghdad.
New Uplinks and Services
ABSN’s portfolio of services meets the demands of regional and international broadcasters. These cover live studios and production, event coverage, transmission, news room, news packages and archiving. Equipment supply covers newsrooms, OB vans, SNG trucks and flyaway systems, ENG kits, and more.
Stringent processes are undertaken to ascertain that equipment employed by operating teams are cutting-edge and state-of-the-art. ABSN’s incredibly rapid deployment operations team is equipped with superior customised production equipment specifically designed for rapid response.
New feature updates of cameras and additional uplinks were purchased end of 2021 that will ensure better event coverage of the Gulf region, as well as gear up for the much-awaited FIFA 2022 World Cup extravaganza in November.
ABSN provides high-end services for international and local sports events including organisational support. These cover provision of fully redundant international broad-caster standard uplink stations (HD/SD), HD/SD OB vans up to 18 cameras, satellite space segments, fully equipped team with portable broadcast equipment (uplinks, portable OB, cameras, editing) and high-level technical staff outsourcing.
Some big events that will be covered include the HSBC Champs, Slync.io
Dubai Desert Classic, European Tour Golf 2022, FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers.
Upgrades with LiveU
ABSN’s documentaries are created by well-trained professionals using highly defined technologies to bring a new era of documentary production that matches international standards of art and innovation.
Upgrades with LiveU
LiveU video solutions were chosen in March 2021 to enhance ABSN’s news reporting capabilities to deliver cost-effective, reliable 4K/full HD live streaming solutions. Leaders in live video streaming and remote production solutions, LiveU offers end-to-end contribution, production and distribution solutions.
“LiveU was the clear choice for us when evaluating a live streaming solution, with its proven reliability, best video quality and service guarantee,” says El Ajlouni.
The LiveU solutions service has since been made available at all ABSN locations.
Dubai Studio City
Building No. 3
Floor 4, Office 403