Tele-IP scores ntl broadcast network deal

Tele-IP scores ntl broadcast network deal

Since changing its name last year from Merlin Communications, information and telecommunications company Tele-IP has secured a deal with national broadcast provider ntl to migrate its network monitoring system.

The deal is Tele-IP's largest deal to date and signals a new direction for the company which specialises in software R&D, electrical and microwave radio consulting.ntl operates the country's largest broadcast transmission network after its 1999 acquisition of the Government's National Transmission Network -- a network supporting over 1600 national and commercial television and radio services including ABC, SBS and Triple J.

Deployed by Tele-IP at ntl's purpose built monitoring facility in Sydney's Gore Hill, the system is a complex marriage of Aprisma's Spectrum software and Tele-IP's own Merlin Operation Support System which enables legacy broadcasting systems to interface across a single fault monitoring and management system.

According to Andrew Martin, managing director of Tele-IP, the system will provide ntl with the ability to move beyond simple "alarm" fault monitoring to a comprehensive fault diagnosis and assessment capability.

"Our Merlin system realises a high-quality interface that can support the business applications at the end of any existing system," Martin said. "The central issue is customisation -- we bring a rich understanding of a client's business and service needs that is essential to delivering this product."Secured by a tender process, the deployment is slated for completion by September, and while Martin was reluctant to divulge the monetary value of the deal, he admitted it was "substantial, with good prospects for more business further down the track".

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