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Do's and Don'ts of Fiber Networking for Media and Entertainment

Olivia Broadley
Jun 17, 2024
5 min read

As video resolution and frame rates continue to soar, the importance of swiftly and securely moving your valuable media content becomes paramount. When it comes to selecting the right network provider, Sohonet has a few do's and don'ts for you to consider.

DO Consider Predictable Delivery Times and Costs:

When evaluating network providers, prioritise those that offer dedicated, uncontended connections. Opting for low-latency, guaranteed bandwidth, and throughput ensures that you consistently receive the speeds you purchased, making delivery times reliable and expectations easy to manage. By choosing a provider with these qualities, you can count on reliable performance and avoid unexpected delays in delivering your content.

DON’T Compromise on Security:

Never compromise on your network security. It's essential for safeguarding the confidentiality of your content. Investing in secure network infrastructure, including firewall, MPLS, and VPN offerings, along with intrusion detection and prevention systems, creates layers of defence against malicious attacks, data breaches, and unauthorised access attempts. This robust security setup provides a safe route to transfer your valuable and critical content with confidence, protecting it from unauthorised access and cyber threats.

DO Prioritise Scalability to Meet Project Demands:

When it comes to networking solutions, scalability is key. Media projects often follow a cycle of peaks and troughs, and investing in bandwidth that sits idle during downtimes can be wasteful. That's why it's crucial to choose a provider that offers a scalable network with flexible contract terms and burst capabilities. This allows you to adjust your bandwidth to match fluctuating project demands and tight deadlines.

By prioritising scalability, you can budget appropriately and ensure your teams can connect quickly and work smoothly even when data needs are spiking.

Don't Underestimate the Importance of 24/7 Expert Support:

You shouldn't overlook the value of having expert support available around the clock. Having access to knowledgeable engineers 24/7 who truly understand film and TV workflows and tech stacks, and who understand how costly downtime can be on set or in post-production workflows, is crucial - and they will respond with the sense of urgency that film and TV operations expect, aiding in avoiding prolonged downtime and productivity losses.

When investing in fiber networking solutions, ensure they offer continuous support from experienced professionals. This means you can count on prompt resolution of any issues that arise, keeping your operations running smoothly. Take advantage of support teams that are available day and night for troubleshooting and guidance. This ensures you receive the help you need whenever you need it, maintaining seamless collaboration and quickly addressing any networking issues.

DO Reach Out to Us if You're Considering Moving and There's No Existing Fiber in Place:

If you're considering a move and there's no existing fiber network in your new area, don't sign a lease on new studio space without calling us first. We specialise in helping you find the best and most affordable fiber solutions tailored to your specific needs. Moving your operations seamlessly while ensuring high-speed connectivity is critical for maintaining productivity and efficiency in the media and entertainment industry. Our team can assist you in navigating the process and finding the optimal fiber network options for your new location, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity for your projects

Sohonet has been the go-to partner for storytellers worldwide, connecting them seamlessly for over 25 years. With cutting-edge technologies and tailored services, they're the leading expert in media and entertainment connectivity and data management. The Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the M&E industry, connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe and providing high-speed access to established and emerging cloud platforms. 

 Explore further services from Sohonet such as ClearView Flex, our video collaboration software or FileRunner, our file transfer software among others. Get in touch with Sohonet today for you free consultation!

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