HBO signs for SingTel's disaster recovery service

SINGAPORE: Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) which claims to be Asia?s leading communications and satellite service provider has announced that it has been appointed by HBO Asia as the broadcaster's disaster recovery service provider.

An official release informs that HBO Asia has an impressive track record in the broadcast industry as a leader in technological advancement. HBO Asia is the first broadcaster in Asia to have an off-site back-up of its entire operations as part of its proactive crisis management strategy, using SingTel?s latest Disaster Recovery Service.

SingTel provides a shared facility to its customers, which is operated out of SingTel?s Bukit Timah Satellite Earth Station. This station is interlinked to three other SingTel satellite earth stations to provide diversity and utmost service reliability. With its 24x7 engineering specialists, the customers can realise their fail-safe plans at a fraction of the cost of setting up their own disaster recovery system.

The release states that with SingTel?s service, satellite broadcasters can look forward to cost savings as they do not need to invest in costly equipment or duplicate their facilities. They can also customise their disaster recovery service according to their needs, such as commercial insertion, playout operational support and flexibility of input feeds.

SingTel?s VP (Regional Satellite Business) Tay Chek Khoon said: "Our disaster recovery service offers our customers an alternative operating site should anything untoward happen to their broadcast studio and facilities. Their programmes will be back on air in the shortest time possible and, hence, minimal disruption to the viewers."

Meanwhile, HBO Asia also signed up for co-location and network services through SingTel?s managed hosting services, SXPAN. With 12 data centres across Asia-Pacific, SXPAN services include provision of hosting services, Internet bandwidth, IT related operations and storage facilities.

SXPAN can also support enterprises? disaster recovery and business continuity plans ranging from site diversity, bandwidth connectivity and data storage to workroom recovery.

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