BT has announced a new five year contract to provide ITV with a state-of-the-art digital broadcast network across the UK.
BT’s media network will connect ITV’s 13 major broadcasting sites to its data centres, enabling them to transfer large amounts of data and uncompressed HD video between sites, at speeds of up to 10Gbit/s.
The new ‘X-Ne’ network, based on BT Wholesale’s new broadcast-specific wavelength technology and high-quality Ethernet services, is expected to be in place by spring 2014. It will also support compressed media and data links between 32 smaller ITV sites and news bureaus – with the network being managed from BT Wholesale’s International Media Centre at BT Tower, London.
William Medlicott, Finance Director, ITV Broadcast said: “Today’s audiences want to watch quality content wherever and whenever they choose using a variety of platforms, and our broadcast network must be flexible in order to meet this demand. BT’s network solution will help us deliver content ready for transmission quickly and effectively across ITV and the variety of partners we collaborate with on a daily basis.”