Five things to watch January 15: Cheshire awards £4.5m contract to Airband, SatADSL Telespazio Brazil form connectivity partnership, and Amagi picks GTT to support its cloud managed broadcast services

Five things to watch January 15: Cheshire awards £4.5m contract to Airband, SatADSL Telespazio Brazil form connectivity partnership, and Amagi picks GTT to support its cloud managed broadcast services

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Cheshire awards £4.5m contract to Airband

Cheshire Council has awarded connectivity provider Airband a £4.5 million contract to deliver full-fibre broadband to over 4,000 properties across rural or hard-to-reach areas of Cheshire. 

“We are excited to have won this contract. Our focus has always been on expanding and simplifying digital access for rural communities,” said Redmond Peel, founder and director of Airband.

“With access to high-quality broadband fast becoming a human right, we can’t wait to get started building the network that will give residents of rural and hard-to-reach areas of Cheshire the connectivity they deserve.”

The project is due to start in early 2021 with completion set for March 2023 and Airband will roll out Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP), gigabit-capable, full fibre broadband to homes and businesses across the county.

“The fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) deal with Airband comes at a key time during the pandemic, to provide optimum connectivity to homeworkers and businesses across Cheshire East,” added Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration.

“The innovative methods to connect hard-to-reach and rural areas will certainly boost work productivity and streaming family entertainment services during national lockdown and beyond.

SatADSL Telespazio Brazil form connectivity partnership

SatADSL and Telespazio have formed a new connectivity partnership that will see Telespazio Brazil offer their connectivity via SatADSL’s Cloud-service Delivery Platform (C-SDP) and the Yahsat3 satellite, providing 26 Ka-band spot beams supported by ST Engineering technology.

“SatADSL have established themselves as a secure, reliable partner with an impressive platform and the ability to support and facilitate the continued success of our satellite solutions in South America,” added Marzio Laurenti, CEO of Telespazio Brasil.

In turn, SatADSL is able to deploy their full range of services across the country and provide Telespazio Brazil with access to additional markets in Latin America.

“This is an exciting strategic development for us. Partnership with Telespazio opens up the Brazilian market and allows us to deliver – solutions to new customers – in a time when reliable connectivity is more important than ever – as well as giving our teleport partners already connected to our platform the ability to access the biggest market in the region for their own customers,” said Guillermo Bosch, SVP of business development at SatADSL.

Orange Business Services to deploy SD-WAN for 1,800 retail sites in France

BNP Paribas has chosen Orange Business Services to deploy an SD-WAN solution in more than 1,800 of its bank branches across France.

By using Flexible SD-WAN from Orange Business Services, BNP Paribas gains a modern and agile platform to accelerate its digital transformation. This in turn enables quick and easy deployment of multiple services, such as dynamic routing and path selection, with scalability and flexibility.

It also enables administrators to monitor infrastructure performance and resolve potential network congestion through simple software modifications, thereby optimising application performance.

In addition, by deploying SD-WAN, BNP Paribas can take advantage of a fully secure hybrid network that is natively multi-cloud, multi-access and multi-application.

"We are delighted to support BNP Paribas in their transformation program and deploy the first large-scale SD-WAN project in the retail banking industry for the French market,” said Nadine Foulon-Belkacémi, executive vice president of French major clients at Orange Business Services.

“An in depth understanding of our customers' business needs is essential to co-develop customised and innovative solutions. Orange Business Services will continue to accompany BNP Paribas’ central and local teams to learn and develop their SD-WAN skills."

Lightstorm Telecom Ventures picks Ciena for high-capacity network

Lightstorm Telecom Ventures (LTV) has deployed Ciena’s coherent optics, network management and advanced automation software for its OTT, data centre and cloud providers.

“Investing in networking solutions and software from Ciena equips our customers with unmatched speeds and programmable network capabilities,” said Amajit Gupta, chief executive officer, LTV. “Together with Ciena, we’re helping to further establish India as a hub for international connectivity.”

As a carrier-neutral infrastructure provider in India, this deployment will transform LTV’s metro and long-distance network delivering low latency and high-capacity digital services.

LTV’s network covers more than 10,000 kilometres and 60 data centres in five cities, including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad, as well as subsea cable landing stations providing high-capacity connectivity to Mumbai and Chennai.

“Bringing new digital services to India requires an intelligently automated network that can dynamically adapt and scale,” said Ryan Perera, vice president and country head, Ciena India.

“With an upgraded network, LTV makes Digital India a reality and fuels the next wave of telecom growth.”

Amagi picks GTT to support its cloud managed broadcast services

Amagi, a global SaaS provider of broadcast and streaming TV technology, has selected GTT’s network to deliver its cloud managed broadcast services to clients in Europe and the US.

“The broadcast industry is going through a huge change which has only been accelerated over the past year with the sudden shift away from office-based work,” said Srinivasan KA, co-founder of Amagi.

“Amagi’s cloud platform enables media clients to manage their broadcast operations remotely in the cloud, providing greater flexibility without compromising visibility and control. GTT’s cloud networking services make sure our clients have secure access directly into our cloud platform and that their content benefits from the low latency and high resilience of GTT’s global Tier 1 network.”

Under the terms of the collaboration, GTT will provide Amagi with Ethernet connectivity from London to TV operators in the US and Europe, direct connectivity into the global GTT video network, which offers 100+ video PoPs and 100% quality of service infrastructure for low latency, low jitter and high-resolution delivery.

In addition, GTT will enable the ability to book occasional use video services between Amagi’s London broadcast distribution nodes and global high-profile venues, as well as dedicated Tier 1 internet access for Amagi’s Amsterdam and London broadcast distribution nodes, enabling remote access to its public cloud-hosted SaaS.

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