August 16, 2005 Santa Clara, CA -- Extreme Networks today announced that it was selected by France Televisions Publicite, a subsidiary of the France Television Group, and composed of the publicly-owned channels France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, and France O, to implement a 10-Gbit high-speed switching platform for the continued development of the operator's LAN to support high-definition programming.
According to Extreme, France Televisions Publicite, responsible for marketing and broadcasting advertising slots for the France Television Group and a number of other specialized channels, has selected the Extreme BlackDiamond 8810 switch to implement a secure, redundant 10-Gbit network. To complement this core device, Extreme's Summit 400 switches will be used at the edge of the network to provide 10-Gbit uplinks and high availability features. The company says that this capacity upgrade along with intelligent networking features will support France Televisions Publicite's growing requirements for video broadcasting.
"As France Televisions Publicite is strongly committed to furthering high-definition television in France, we needed to upgrade our existing 622-Mbit/sec ATM architecture to a scalable and secure 10-Gbit architecture, which is why we chose the Extreme Networks solution, following research and comparative studies," comments Christophe Scherer, IT and technical director of the operator's advertising sales division. "The BlackDiamond 8810 platform also gives France Public Television the much-needed ability to match the growth of our business."
"This new customer demonstrates Extreme's ability to successfully provide switches that are well-suited to handle complex multicast and video networks," adds Rob Pronk, EMEA regional vice-president for Extreme Networks. "The smooth delivery of such media content requires increased Quality of Service and solid network availability, that we have made standard on our family of networking solutions."
The operator says it's also employing the ExtremeWare XOS network operating system to support numerous internal applications while connecting its master control room to the network.