ITV today announced a second contract with Geo Networks Limited (“Geo”), a provider of dedicated fibre networks, to deploy a new national fibre optic network initially incorporating eight key sites in London, Manchester and Leeds.
The five year deal will extend ITV’s existing core data centre network which is already provided by Geo (announced in June 2011), to create a new ultra-high performance ‘Content Superhighway’ for the broadcaster. The fully-diverse network will connect four further sites in London, as well as critical media hubs in Manchester and Leeds.
Paul Dale, Chief Technology Officer, ITV said: “The expansion of our fibre optic network is the next step in our move towards a fully tapeless environment, and will allow us to send hundreds of hours of content to our national sites in minutes. Selecting Geo for this project was a straightforward choice as its dedicated fibre proposition means that we have a virtually unlimited reserve of bandwidth that we can scale up as and when our business dictates.”
The network is designed to have rapid scalability and a lower total cost of ownership, ideal for the growth ITV foresees as it continues to progress its five year transformation plan. It will also enable ITV to efficiently manage the dynamic capacity requirements created by major events, the shift to native HDTV transmission and processing and the movement of the ITV operation to a tapeless environment.
“This deal illustrates yet another example of how Geo’s dedicated fibre proposition is perfectly positioned to cater for the demands of the UK’s mission critical data networks,” said Chris Smedley, Chief Executive, Geo. “Organisations like ITV are reaching an historic turning point, in which they recognise the limitations of their existing infrastructure. They are moving to dedicated fibre to provide their businesses with the infrastructure they will need tomorrow.”