Zambian Government Adopts XVD Espresso HD for Distance Learning Initiative

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The Zambian government has initiated an e-learning program with the goal of providing high quality, affordable education to all its citizens. As a first step, the Zambian government has created an unprecedented link between the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University using the XVD Espresso HD videoconferencing system that will allow virtual knowledege transfer between the two institutions. Meanwhile, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation has simultaneously adopted XVD broadcasting technology.

“The XVD Espresso HD systems were chosen over other videoconferencing and telepresence systems including the major brands because they deliver superior HD quality over low bandwidth,” said George Hara, chairman of XVD Technology Holdings.

His Excellency Rupiah Banda, president of the Republic of Zambia and George Hara, chairman of XVD Technology Holdings jointly unveiled a new distance learning program on May 26, 2010 between the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia and Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia that will transform educational practices in the country. At the heart of the initiative is the XVD Espresso HD videoconferencing system, which was introduced at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in April 2010. Meanwhile, Zambia Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has adopted portable XVD video transmission equipment to provide its viewers with more timely access to news and information.

XVD Espresso HD Ushers in a New Educational Era in Zambia

In his ribbon-cutting speech delivered at the University of Zambia on May 26, 2010 celebrating the link between the University of Zambia and Copperbelt University, President Banda noted that XVD technology, the first of its kind in the world, will provide an unprecedented communications link between the two institutions, enhancing the quality of university education.

"Students will be able to access lectures and academic papers with greater speed and ease than was seen before this day,” he said. “The challenge is for our nation to embrace this critical component for accelerating innovation, business competitiveness, democratic governance, [and] human development. This communications tool will serve to attain the highest level of efficiency in the delivery of educational services for our people.”

Zambia’s limited physical infrastructure has made it difficult for the Zambian government to provide high quality, affordable education to all its citizens. For the past 25 years, Zambia has been adopting various information and communications technologies (ICTs) with the goal of making the country more competitive. For example, farmers are electronically monitoring market trends to determine how and at what price to sell their products.

XVD technology is part of the ICT initiative and will be used specifically to enable distance learning.

"As a country we are keen to take on the technology because we have a duty to provide quality and affordable education to our people,” said President Banda in his ribbon-cutting speech. “If we can do it through XVD technology then I would like to implore the Ministry of Education to utilize this technology for educational delivery at all levels from childhood education to the university level.”

In addition to President Banda, six Ministers including the Minister of Education, Minister of Health and Minister of Communication and Transport were also present to celebrate the launch of the system.

“The XVD Espresso HD systems were chosen over other videoconferencing and telepresence systems including the major brands because they deliver superior HD quality over low bandwidth,” said George Hara, chairman of XVD Technology Holdings. “We are delighted to be part of this important, groundbreaking distance learning initiative in Zambia that will improve the competitiveness of the schools and their students. We are hoping that the XVD Espresso HD systems can be applied to other applications such as telemedicine and E-government.”

The XVD Espresso HD encoder/decoder (codec) uses patented, next-generation audio and video technology to deliver lifelike videoconferencing and telepresence capabilities over T-1 lines. The solution represents nearly 10 years of research and development that is also the basis for other solutions currently used in different vertical markets around the world. XVD Espresso HD was introduced in April 2010 as an enterprise videoconferencing solution for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs). It delivers superior price/performance when compared to established and emerging brands.

XVD Espresso HD offers several business, technological, and experiential advantages including:

  • Ease of use. It’s as easy to use as a phone or TV
  • Easy set up and installation with basic IT knowledge
  • Affordability. It reduces capital and operational expenditures to deliver higher return on investment (ROI) and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Exceptional video quality using patented compression technology
  • Lower bandwidth requirements than competitive solutions to deliver HD 1080p over T-1

Within six weeks of its official launch in the United States, XVD Espresso HD has already become the defacto standard in Zambia for distance learning.

XVD Broadcasting Technology Also Adopted

Meanwhile, Zambia Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has adopted portable XVD video transmission equipment with the goal of providing viewers with more timely access to news and information. Already XVD broadcasting solutions are used by NBC and CBS in the United States and NHK in Japan. Other applications of XVD technology in addition to distance learning and broadcasting include telemedicine, security, surveillance, defense and other government applications.

Product Availability

For information about distribution or unit purchases in the US, contact Robert Chan, VP of Sales at rchan@xvdcorp.com or call 888-680-3808.

About XVD Corporation

XVD Corporation markets next-generation digital media products including XVD Espresso HD, an enterprise videoconferencing system that delivers unmatched video quality, performance, and value. It is the master distributor throughout the Americas for Shannon, Ireland-based XVD Technology Holdings LTD (XVDTH) which develops patented XVD ™ digital media technologies and related products. XVD Corporation’s mission is to become a leading provider of videoconferencing and telepresence solutions within distribution channels that serve the broadcasting, distance learning, telemedicine, institutional and corporate media, security, surveillance, defense and other government sectors.

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