October 20, 2008

BT Launches Global Media Network in South Africa

BT Media & Broadcast has expanded its global media network to South Africa. This network extension is expected to enable the delivery of enhanced real time video content between Johannesburg and various media hubs worldwide, offering an alternative to satellite connectivity into and out of the region.

The global media network, with coverage in more than 70 locations across 10 countries worldwide, is based on multi-protocol label switching networking technology. Its fully redundant architecture delivers optimal availability to television and production distributors and supports the media industry's transition from video tape to file transfer, enabling the transfer of large capacity files between servers.

Mark Dunn, global sales and marketing director at BT Media & Broadcast, said: "BT's strategy is to extend our media services to wherever our clients need them and as such we have selected South Africa as a key market for our continuing network expansion plans. We are aggressively and successfully pursuing opportunities in the Middle East and Africa and are extremely well positioned to benefit both BT and its customers by managing the import and export of content on a reliable network infrastructure."