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2017 MEF Award win for Vertel

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vertel was again a winner at the annual MEF awards held in Orlando, Florida. Vertel secured the APAC Best Media Application award for the network it designed and built for TX Australia. The MEF Awards recognize service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation. MEF’s Awards program is the largest in the world focused on emerging dynamic network services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV, SDN, and Carrier Ethernet.

“We continue to see amazing service and technology innovations year-over-year in the MEF Awards program, and are thrilled to witness the advances being made to accelerate development and delivery of agile, assured, and orchestrated services,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “We are pleased to congratulate the 2017 Award Winners, and look forward to seeing more innovation from them as we move into 2018.”

TX Australia provides national digital free to air transmission for Australia’s 3 major commercial television networks. TX Australia has a network of main transmission and re-transmission sites in every Capital city across Australia, accordingly TXA’s national WAN needs to guarantee the highest possible availability to support the Network Monitoring System (NMS) and the broadcast network. . Any downtime would have the implication of immediate rebates owed to their customers and thus loss of revenue for TXA.  

Microwave access provided a cost effective solution for TXA. The solution utilised existing high site infrastructure and utilised exclusive Vertel sites which meant the overall costs of the project were kept to the budget. The requirement for full path diversity meant that other options – such as laying dedicated fibre- would be been prohibitively expensive and would not have provided the added layer of media diversity to the overall solution.

The technical capabilities of the Ethernet solution provided by Vertel meant that TXA has been able to better utilise its WAN. Traffic prioritisation is has been a significant benefit for the media broadcaster as it has allowed TXA to ensure that critical broadcast related traffic is prioritised across the network. These significant benefits not only assisted TXA but provide wider community benefit for many Australians.

The annual awards coincided with MEF17, an international gathering of the best and brightest from across the global telecommunication industry. This year MEF17 focused on the launch of MEF 3.0 CE - a transformational framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks which will once again revolutionise the way critical network services are delivered over Ethernet and allow Vertel to build even more award winning solutions.

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