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Harris Upgrades National Network for Chrysalis Radio

Harris technology provides easy migration path to MPLS (February 08, 2005)

Harris Corporation today announced that Chrysalis Radio, one of the UKs largest commercial radio networks with more than six million weekly listeners, has migrated its all-E1 star network to a hybrid E1/IP-based MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) platform via an upgrade to its Harris Intraplex CrossConnect Server.

The CrossConnect Server, which combines E1 multiplexing and cross connect capabilities in a single compact unit, improves Chrysalis ability to manage critical network traffic between its network hub in London and additional broadcast sites in Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham. The Chrysalis move to hybrid switching reduces transmission costs with the bonus of being able to prioritize radio programming over other IP data.

To achieve this functionality, CrossConnect was upgraded with the Harris Intraplex IntraLink-IP streaming multiplexer, which manages the encoding and transport of program audio, voice and data channels over Ethernet networks while ensuring the most efficient use of available transmission capacity. The simple upgrade has the benefit of adding a superior level of flexibility and cost control to the distribution of program channels within existing LAN, WAN and corporate Intranets.

Bruce Davidson, group technical director, Chrysalis Radio, said, ?The goal was not to fix something that wasnt broken, but to expand and enhance data connectivity within the group. However, since our business is to maintain a broadcast radio network, we had to ensure we didnt make any changes that could jeopardize our core operation, which is providing uninterrupted, high-quality radio.

Prior to making the switch to an MPLS platform designed and provided by UK IT giant THUS Chrysalis wanted to be certain that the new platform would be fully compatible with existing Harris equipment and retain all current functionality. Extensive tests last year proved that to be the case.

?We did two full days of lab testing and the results were excellent, said Davidson. ?We wanted to link our sites with a flexible, cost effective, converged system that could be developed to incorporate new technologies, which is precisely what has happened. Now that the upgrade is complete, Im extremely pleased with the flexibility and robust performance of the Harris system. The transition has been painless and we now have the functionality, reliability and excellent support that give us all the confidence we need to operate 24/7/365.

About Chrysalis Radio
Chrysalis Radio is the fourth largest commercial radio group in the UK broadcasting to 6.1 million listeners nationwide across analogue and digital platforms. Chrysalis owns Heart 106.2, 100.7 Heart fm, Heart Digital (Music Variety), Galaxy 102, Galaxy 102.2, Galaxy 105, Galaxy 105-106 (Dance Music), LBC 97.3 (Londons News, Views, Information and Entertainment), LBC News 1152 (London 24-hour rolling news) and The Arrow (Adult Rock) radio stations.

About Harris Broadcast Communications Division
Harris Broadcast Communications Division is one of four divisions within Harris Corporation, an international communications equipment company focused on providing assured communications services for government and commercial customers in more than 150 countries. One of the worlds leading suppliers of broadcast technology, Harris Broadcast Communications Division offers a full range of solutions that support the digital delivery, automation and management of audio, video and data.

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