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HTN Plans a National Fiber-optic Network for the 2007-2008 NHL/NBA Seasons

Sep 12, 2007 8:00 AM


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HTN Communications has announced it will launch an all-digital national fiber-optic network designed to transport enhanced sports programming throughout the United States. The network is slated to be ready in time for the start of the 2007-2008 National Hockey League (NHL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) seasons.

HTN will deploy, control, and manage a Dynamic Synchronous Transfer Mode (DTM)-based national private line digital fiber-optic network. The network will connect each of the NHL, NBA, and Major League Baseball (MLB) venues in the United States to HTN customers.

“Broadcast clients have shown a tremendous desire to take advantage of the reliability and quality benefits of a DTM network,” says Joseph Cohen, chairman and CEO of HTN Communications. “HTN’s new DTM fiber-optic network service will enhance existing fiber-optic transmission delivery technology, vastly improving upon current network offerings.”

HTN’s new network product offering will significantly increase its bandwidth capabilities at the venues and provide broadcast and cable rights holders with multiple HD and SD video backhaul capabilities from each stadium or arena. By using DTM technology at the venues, HTN will be able to deliver the highest quality HD to its customers with guaranteed bandwidth—a key part of providing the highest quality HD and SD digital backhaul services.

The new network also adds to HTN’s core services by providing OC3 or better transport capabilities right at the venue. This allows for full duplex operation, giving broadcasters not only outbound transport, but full return service to each venue. Redundancy at both the national and local level, as well as full network monitoring, is built into the system, providing users with the highest level of service available in a digital transmission network.

“HTN is very excited to be able to launch this new service. It is an example of our commitment to providing customers with innovative transmission solutions along with the expert and personal customer service that has defined our business for over 50 years,” Cohen says. “We look forward to continuing our tradition of providing the live sports broadcasting and cable communities with reliable transmission solutions in the evolving world of high-definition television.”

For more information, visit www.htncom.com.



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