UK telco BT has entered into a collaboration with Aspera to allow film and TV producers to able to send media files more than a hundred times faster than traditional FTP/HTTP file transfer software.
This would mean that the new BT Media Move service, set for launch sometime in April 2015, could be used to send hours of footage, including HD movies, in a matter of minutes via a Web portal based on Aspera's FASP (fast, adaptive, secure, protocol) technology.
FASP encrypts the files for security purposes so that they can be sent over the open Internet or through BT's Nexus and Global Media Networks, which are designed especially for the creative media industry.
Users are claimed to be able to get transfer speeds up to 70-100 times faster than they could over the TCP (transmission protocol control) Internet with no restrictions in file sizes or quantities a customer can send or receive. BT Media Move will be offered on a subscription-based service with contract commitments starting at 5TB/year.
"The media industry wants to move on from lengthy transfer times and being stuck with files that are too big to email," explained Jonathan Wing, head of sales at BT Media & Broadcast. "They also have concerns about the security of their content when they send it from A to B, so BT Media Move offers a fully managed service that eliminates these problems.
Producers will be able to update and send files within a matter of minutes, without the need to build onsite or cloud IT infrastructure of their own – allowing them to concentrate on what they do best, creating compelling content not staring at the clock waiting for a file to arrive."
Added Michelle Munson, CEO and co-founder at Aspera: "We are excited to announce this service in collaboration with BT, which will enable media producers to achieve the fastest transfer speeds while maintaining the security and reliability they demand."