APTN’s fibre network links Europe to the US

Associated Press Television News (APTN) has launched the first fibre network to link mainland European cities with the US. The service, dubbed APTN Connect, went live in January.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  January 28, 2004

Associated Press Television News (APTN) has launched the first fibre network to link mainland European cities with the US. The service, dubbed APTN Connect, went live in January. APTN Connect provides broadcast and commercial clients with a dedicated fibre network linking Paris, Brussels, Rome, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Washington DC. More cities, on both continents, will be added to the service during 2004. Until now, fibres have tended to link Europe to London for on-pass to the US. "The major appeal of this new delivery service to customers will be the price," commented Chris Stocking, APTN director of client operations. "Clients in Europe, the UK, and the US can now access a high-quality point-to-point video network; allowing them an alternative to satellite." APTN Connect provides a two-way transmission path for high-resolution video. It uses 6.5 Mb of portable bandwidth, which can be expanded up to 34 Mb, if required — to carry high- quality programming or content. Broadcasters in foreign bureaux will now be able to feed video and sound directly to master control rooms in destination cities via a connection to their local APTN bureau. They will also be able to make ad-hoc bookings to feed video events instantly to newsrooms or international clients.

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