UK systems integrator dB Broadcast has just completed a key part of a connectivity transition project that transforms the way the BBC provides and manages its core technology. In this time of unprecedented technical change, the overall project involved upgrading to an IP infrastructure on a network that has more than 4,000 circuits interconnecting over 90 sites. And the company is talking about the project here at IBC.
dB Broadcast worked with BT to survey the major sites throughout the UK, install new bays and over 150km of cross-site cabling, in readiness for installation and migration of new equipment, including routers and conversion equipment. The project included significant upgrades to the BBC infrastructure at all key London sites, with larger SAM and Lawo routers at Broadcasting House.
The work allowed the BBC to start using the state-of-the-art broadcast network in March in a phased migration. The network paves the way for future digital innovation, as well as delivering considerable cost savings.
The new network links all UK sites, including 21 broadcasting centres and local radio stations, as well as connecting to the main overseas bureaux and partners for playout of BBC TV channels.