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A smooth transition to digital content for one of the world’s largest public film festivals

The Berlin International Film Festival (aka Berlinale) is one of the world’s largest public film festivals with over 300,000 paying festival-goers. Berlinale required Video Transport and Connectivity services to ensure a smooth transition from storing films on physical media over to digital content broadcasting.

Colt provided network, data centre and IT services to meet the enormous technical challenges presented by this level of digitalisation. Reliable, high-performance networking between the film office and the screening sites was critical to the festival’s success and Berlinale were looking to partner with a network data centre and IT services provider who understood the festival’s demands and constraints.

Working to tight deadlines and tackling logistical complexity, Colt implemented high-speed transport services between the film office and 20 of the cinema halls spread around Berlin. Using a managed Ethernet connection, Colt distributed digital content to the servers in each cinema. Leveraging its extensive metropolitan area network and data centre in Berlin, Colt delivered the network services and connectivity solutions to keep everything running smoothly during the busy festival period.

We know that Colt focuses on enabling its customers to meet their goals, rather than the purely technological aspects of any project. It’s a philosophy that aligns perfectly with the festival’s own service ethos.- Dieter Kosslick, Director, Berlin International Film Festival

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