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05/08/2011

Miranda's NVISION Routers Chosen By The Switch

Miranda Technologies has been awarded a contract by The Switch, the video and fibre switching services business, to supply 3G video routing switchers and centralised control solutions for a 50 city fibre transmission expansion project.
The Switch offers local switching and long haul transmission, as well as AT&T and Verzion circuits to its customers, which include major television broadcasters, cable operators and many other organisations.
Currently, The Switch provides local switching in six cities: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, London and Toronto. It plans to roll-out switching in 44 additional cities, beginning in the summer of 2011.
In total, the new fibre infrastructure will use 20 NVISION 8500 Hybrid routers for connecting the first phase of dedicated fibre-optic circuits at the new switching facilities. The system design and integration is being performed by Beck Associates.
The new fibre transmission system will be able to handle critical signals for all major US networks in virtually every format available, including 3Gbps/HD/SD, JPEG 2000 compressed 3Gbps/HD/SD, SDTI and ASI.
David Anderson, CTO at The Switch, explained: "We're committed to build everything in our expansion to accommodate 3Gbps signals. For instance, this will allow our customers to run two uncompressed 1.485 Gb/s HD signals for 3DTV."
All the routers will be connected by a secure VPN and controlled using Miranda's iControl Network Monitoring System at The Switch's Network Operations Centre in New York. The iControl system will integrate tightly with The Switch's unique touch screen customer interface.
Anderson added: "Our new control system offers direct signal control to all our users, with total signal transparency from anywhere in the world. The flexibility and reliability of Miranda's control solution were key factors in our selection of this system."
Miranda has performed custom development work to integrate the routing system with the network's ScheduALL network management system, and this offers the ability to schedule, reserve, and then execute video switches in all cities, across the network of Miranda routers, to the customers' local fibre optic circuits.
In addition to the new routers at the new facilities, the existing signal management infrastructures in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles will be upgraded using NVISION 8500 Hybrid and NVISION 5128 systems.
(KMcA)
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