FibreSpan expands dark fiber network in Soho

June 12, 2006 -- FibreSpan, a UK provider of dark fiber networking, has increased the size and scope of its Soho network in London's busy West End. Working in partnership with Sohonet, a network connectivity company dedicated to servicing Soho's film production and post-production industry, the company now has a complete fiber network operating across both the north and south of Oxford Street, as well as east and west of Regent Street.

June 12, 2006 -- FibreSpan, a UK provider of dark fiber networking, has increased the size and scope of its Soho network in London's busy West End. Working in partnership with Sohonet, a network connectivity company dedicated to servicing Soho's film production and post-production industry, the company now has a complete fiber network operating across both the north and south of Oxford Street, as well as east and west of Regent Street, providing greater resilience and expansion capabilities.

A number of major film productions have used the network over the last year, exchanging significant volumes of material between post production houses -- most recently, the new Bond movie Casino Royale, along with Harry Potter, Mission Impossible III, and King Kong.

Using its patent pending microduct technology, FibreSpan has laid new dark fiber to link the north and south networks that it deployed last year, which now services over 30 separate locations in the area. Customers are now benefiting from a quick and easy path to upgrade their connection speed to gigabit and beyond, as well as benefit from enhanced resilience as digital delivery requirements continue to expand, the company says.

Sohonet was attracted to FibreSpan's leased dark fiber offering as it provides unlimited bandwidth at a fixed cost, a package that is not available from incumbent providers, FibreSpan asserts.

"We provide a unique network connectivity service to the film and television industry and have to be geared to meet the specific demands of this sector," comments Dave Scammell, managing director of Sohonet. "Our customers make large data transfers within precise time-scales, where security is paramount.

"Standard Telco links simply cannot service these needs and so we have to provide connectivity based on fibre networks," Scammell continues. "We have completed a number of deployments with FibreSpan because they provide bespoke dark fiber at the right price and right level of flexibility. The solution is perfect for us and our relationship will continue to evolve as our network grows."

FibreSpan says it enables Sohonet to provide managed networks for reliable and secure high-bandwidth media transfer within the film production and post-production industry in Soho and the West End. It also helps Sohonet to live up to its commitment to outstanding service -- providing a secure and reliable network with zero contention (meaning that transfer times and speeds are consistent at all times), without resorting to the excessive overhead of sustaining massive unused bandwidths.

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