Wednesday, 08 April 2020 20:09

Sydney Broadcast Services business expands network, creates new opportunities

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VENDOR CONTRIBUTION: MediaHub used to cater to the Australian broadcast industry and over the years has transitioned into providing cloud and data centre-based services. Today MediaHub broadcasts over 400 terrestrial TV channels and offers playout TV, connectivity services, storage services, online streaming and radio services to audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

MediaHub needed a comprehensive upgrade to its existing 10G DWDM fibre optic transport network to a 200G high-speed network, to support growing broadcast and streaming requirements.

The biggest challenge was to support the three most important factors, which are a must in broadcast networks:

1. Low latency - so that there are no delays in broadcast
2. Resilience – so there are no breaks in transmission
3. Support of a mix of services of broadcast (native, TSoIP) and data (Ethernet) - so that the network is flexible to different broadcast and data applications.

Leveraging several of PacketLight’s carrier-grade DWDM fibre optic network solutions (PL‑2000M 200G muxponder, PL-2000 20G Muxponder, and the PL-1000RO ROADM), facilitated MediaHub’s network expansion to a 200G DWDM OTN next-generation network by multiplexing additional 200G wavelengths. These wavelengths support any mix of services (Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and video), and in case it is required in the future, optional Layer-1 optical encryption with full throughput and traffic transparency (read more about optical encryption here).

This also expanded the network into mesh topology, connecting additional sites and data centres over DWDM ROADM infrastructure. This has enabled MediaHub to expand its traditional broadcast services, extend their data centre interconnect offering, and remain a leader in its respective markets.

Get the full story about how MediaHub accomplished its network expansion and deployment, click here.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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