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November 9, 2009

Arqiva boosts capacity with new fibre network from ntl:Telewest Business

As part of its expansion strategy to develop new services

By CBR Staff Writer

Broadcast transmission company Arquiva has invested in a new high-capacity fibre network from ntl:Telewest Business to serve its broadcast and enterprise customers. The new network, planned to be service-ready early next year, is part of Arquiva’s expansion strategy to develop new services.

ntl:Telewest Business will initially provide a fully managed 71 Gigabit nation-wide network connecting 44 key sites, including all of Arqiva’s main satellite and terrestrial broadcast hubs and several major customer locations.

Reportedly, the new network is to be deployed in conjunction with Huawei, which will supply the underlying transmission equipment. Its technology will enable the network to carry traditional telecommunication services as well as broadcast service feeds.

According to Arqiva, the capacity of its point-to-point network infrastructure has been increased to cater to the growing bandwidth need of the broadcast industry. The company provides technology backbone for TV, radio and wireless communications in the UK.

Nick Thompson, managing director of Arqiva’s Satellite & Media division, said that Arqiva’s customer base is increasingly moving towards higher-bandwidth applications such as HDTV, which made the company advance its terrestrial communications infrastructure.

“As a company, we are responsible for transmitting a vast number of ‘mission critical’ customer applications. While a five second delay to email might not be noticed, millions of viewers would pick up on that kind of interruption to their favourite TV programme. This places increasing pressure on us to ensure that our end-to-end networks are fully resilient,” he added.

ntl:Telewest Business is a part of the Virgin Media Group which runs a nation-wide £13billion network providing data, internet and voice services.

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