Colt Technology Services will support the International Film Festival in Berlin as a digital network cinema partner for a further three years. The company has been providing the Berlinale with high bandwidth and Internet network services since 2009. Exploiting Colt’s own fibre optic network, the digital film data is distributed from the Berlinale data centre to all 16 festival venues including a total of 51 theatres. Around 1 Petabyte of data, representing 2,500 screenings, is broadcast over the network at connection speeds up to 10Gbps.
“Digital cinema technology has long since ushered in a new era for our industry. A resilient network for the transfer of film data to the cinemas is therefore essential for us. Only if everything runs smoothly can film fans fully enjoy their visit to the Berlinale and, as one of the biggest public film festivals in the world, this has priority for us. We know that, with Colt, we have a partner we can rely on, and we are delighted that this will continue in the coming years” said Dieter Kosslick, director of the festival.
As with many organisations, the network for the Berlinale has high load peaks during the year. In the autumn, the bandwidth needs to grow rapidly when the first films arrive in Berlin. During the festival in February, the bandwidth is then increased ranging from 1Gbps to 10Gbps depending on the connection. In the weeks leading up to Berlinale, when the number of films delivered increases sharply, bandwidth is also increased to 10Gbps.
According to Sueleyman Karaman, Managing Director of Colt in Germany, “Bandwidth flexibility, scaling up and down dependent on actual needs, is becoming an issue for almost all organisations today. With On Demand services and software defined networking (SDN), Colt is able to offer this scalability within minutes, rather than days or even weeks which is typical. We are very pleased to continue investing in our intelligent network to support Berlinale in coming years, to further its digitisation journey and to ensure the festival benefits from such innovations.”