A new system, called NorthernNet, is hoping to boost the north of England's digital and creative industry by provided companies access to a high speed digital pipeline.
NorthernNet comprises of 17 Media Access Bureaux (MAB) located within business, cultural, and education sites in the North of England.
These sites offer transfer speeds that are 20 times faster than the average FTP. NorthernNet claims that its digital pipeline can transfer 1GB of data in 1minute, 20 seconds.
Access to the NorthernNet MABs is on a Pay As You Go basis with companies paying £60 per hour to access the fibre optic bandwidth.
In a press release, issued by NorthernNet, the following quote appeared: "currently we upload files to video servers to play out for clients" says Lewis Webster, MD of video production company LIttle Orchard, "typically this is done at the end of the day and some of these files to five to six hours to upload; done here at NorthernNet's MAB, it is more minutes than hours."
Each MAB is equipped with the Aspera file transfer protocol.
According to NorthernNet, the Northwest of England has the largest concentration of people working in broadcasting outside of London and 10 per cent of the UK's game development talent is based in Yorkshire. The NortherNet project is funded by regional development agencies across the North of the country, and hopes to capitalise on any spend from the BBC's relocation of departments from London to the North of England.
The MediaCityUK development in Manchester
Mercedes Clark Smith, Project Director of NorthernNet Innovation and Collaboration Project said: "This is a crucial time for digital and creative industries. The BBC move to MediaCityUK will bring with it a great deal of commissioning spend and it is up to us to ensure it stays in the North. NorthernNet will give agencies an edge in creativity and quality as the MABs will enable film-makers to amend more quickly. The Aspera file transfer system was central to James Cameron's box office hit; bringing it to the North will boost our industry and make us a highly attractive proposition to clients who need speed and efficiency from their digital and creative companies."