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Globecast plans IP/MLS technology rollout

Media management and content delivery firm, Globecast, plans to offer IP/MPLS (MultiProtocol Label Switching) technology in 2014, it announced today at IBC.

The Orange Group-owned firm said that it will offer the technology using its  Globecast Backbone Network. This is an international Dynamic Synchronous Transfer Mode (DTM) network that spans five continents with 92,000 km of fibre.

Globecast said it will operate IP/MPLS alongside DTM technologies to provide its broadcast clients with a wide range of options for content delivery via  traditional linear services as well as non-linear and multi-platform offerings.

Though DTM is the current standard for permanent, full-time linear broadcast delivery, as broadcasters expand their offerings to VOD and other non-linear services, they require reliable capabilities for delivering file-based content, said Globecast. This file-based delivery will be especially useful for broadcasters that use Globecast for their playout operations, it added.

“Globecast is network agnostic and aims to provide our clients with the best solution using the best adapted technology. Today we are responding to the growing trend towards file-based technologies and the use of IP networks by announcing that next year Globecast will be able to use IP/MPLS in addition to current terrestrial and satellite broadcast solutions to reach their audience in the most effective way possible.” said Philippe Fort, chief operating officer of Globecast.