Sohonet Welcomes Belfast Harbour to the Sohonet Media Network

Olivia Broadley

Network Connectivity

Production Services

Belfast Harbour

Media Campus


Belfast Harbour Studios to utilise Sohonet’s Connected Cloud Services and network capabilities

Sohonet, the global experts in connectivity, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry, today announced that they have partnered with one of the UK’s latest film studios, Belfast Harbour to fit their studio in Northern Ireland with cutting-edge networking and wireless infrastructure.

Sohonet will also provide Belfast Harbour with end-to-end network and platform services to help them meet the unique demands of the global film and TV community.

Sohonet have worked closely with Belfast Harbour Studio’s to design infrastructures where a full range of highly-secure connectivity solutions and connected cloud services can be initiated within a day, hour or even minutes. The infrastructure on site has been built to suit tenants who work around the clock and have dynamic and ever-changing needs, providing a scalable and customisable solution to each customer.

Damien Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of Sohonet has said, ‘We’re thrilled to have supported this project from its infancy, by supplying world-class connectivity, production-grade WiFi and network support services to their campus and customers. It’s great to see such a unique media hub emerging within the UK and meeting the high demand for studio space within the film and television industry’.

Graeme Johnston, Property Director of Belfast Harbour said of the partnership, ‘We recognise that our clients are working to deliver highly-valuable content, and as such we are committed to offering on-site networking solutions which are both flexible and secure. Sohonet is trusted throughout the production industry and it was clear from the start that not only did they understand our vision, but that they would bring the expertise and experience we needed to make this a success for us and for our tenants’.

Johnston added ‘Partnering with Sohonet in this project was the logical choice for us to achieve the network connectivity and data management services our clients require. We recognise Sohonet’s ability to accommodate the increasing technology and security demands of the media industry which in turn allows us to meet the production needs of our customers.’

About Sohonet

Sohonet are the global experts in connectivity, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry. We allow creatives to work on content wherever they are in the world by providing an extensive range of solutions which enable them to transfer and store valuable and critical content quickly or to collaborate securely in real-time.  And all of this is backed up by our unrivaled 24/7 technical support. The Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most-established private, high-performance network for the media industry and connects over 450 of the leading studios, production and post-production facilities around the world.

Sohonet enjoys strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the BFC, The Production Guild, SIGGRAPH, HPA, SMPTE, The Digital Production Partnership, AMWA, UK Screen Association, The Production Guild, StudioSysAdmins, MESA and MESA Europe, and The Visual Effects Society.

About Belfast Harbour

Belfast Harbour is a trading company created by statute. It is required to behave commercially and is 100% self-funded.  Its task is to operate, maintain and develop Belfast Harbour assets for the benefit of port customers, other stakeholders and consequently the wider economy. As a Trust Port, all profits are retained and re-invested within the business.

The £20 million Belfast Harbour Studios development, is set on an 8 acre site on the 340 acre Giant’s Park, on the Belfast Lough shore.  The complex consists of two newly constructed film studios of c 3,035 m2 each, two supporting workshops of 1,030 m2 each which can be used for set construction and separate production offices of 3,440 m2 to accommodate art departments, dressing rooms and wardrobe functions. 

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The Harbour’s business focus is upon delivering best-in-class infrastructure, built assets and services to support:

  1. Exporters and importers as Northern Ireland’s primary gateway to the world and its primary logistics hub
  2. Ferry and Cruise ship operators
  3. Companies providing services to shippers and cargo owners
  4. Estate tenants, both current and prospective  

Over 30% of Northern Ireland’s Gross Domestic Product is supported by Harbour activities (source: Centre for Economics & Business Research).

Belfast Harbour In Numbers

3,000 acres of land & sea70% of all NI’s seaborne trade
c.23m tonnes handled annually1.5m passengers annually
8km of quays / 30km of roads£400m invested in 20 years
£105m investments committed700 tenants employing 23,000
10m sq ft developed in 20 years 
Olivia Broadley