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Europe's Largest Post Production House Chooses AboveNet

LONDON, December 13 /PRNewswire/ -- AboveNet Communications UK Ltd., a leading provider of fibre connectivity solutions for businesses and carriers and a subsidiary of AboveNet Inc., today announced the completion of a dedicated fibre optic network for Europe's largest visual effects and computer animation studio, Framestore CFC.

With a portfolio of production projects including 'Superman Returns', 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' amongst others, the ability for Framestore CFC to distribute and share content between their three production sites in London is crucial to the day to day running and success of the business. With the ever increasing transformation from film to digital based production, this need is one which many media companies share, and is a fundamental element to the making of today's films.

The networking criteria to support the distribution of this high-level digital media were speed, security and most importantly, scalability. By connecting IP House, Framestore CFC's datacentre, to both their headquarters in Noel Street, and their secondary office in Wells Street, AboveNet designed and implemented a dedicated three site Dark Fibre network, to be managed by Framestore CFC for the sole purpose of transporting this data. AboveNet's network not only meets the current needs for Framestore CFC but is prepared for even greater capacity in the future, allowing for instant scalability as well as providing Framestore CFC with immediate access to their stored content.

Traditionally, Framestore CFC has accessed its renderfarm (1600 processors) from its location in Soho. Due to the increasing space constraints and air conditioning issues, Framestore CFC has chosen to move all equipment to IP House Datacentre, where AboveNet's fibre network enables them secure, instant access to this data as if it were still onsite. Moving this equipment has allowed for future expansion as well as the added security of an environment within a specialist co-location facility. Framestore CFC is the first visual effects company in Europe to implement a long distance metropolitan 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone across three sites, providing a solution that facilitates the ability to share their digital content quickly and securely whilst knowing that they have the capacity built in for any future growth to the business.

"As one of the only providers of a completely dedicated fibre network, AboveNet is tailored specifically to meet the demands of businesses which require extreme security and the ability to transport massive amounts of data at tremendous speeds. This network performance makes AboveNet a known and valued supplier to many of the top production studios and media companies in and between London and the U.S.," said John Dowbiggin, Managing Director of AboveNet Communications UK Ltd. "We are delighted to have been awarded this opportunity which validates AboveNet as a key provider, offering exceptional value to the media industry."

"AboveNet put the fibres in, we connected our gear up, it worked and continues to do so. We've reduced our headaches over server room capacity in central London and it has put us a step nearer to engineering Nirvana!" said Steve Prescott, Framestore CFC's Director of Technology. "Thanks AboveNet."

About AboveNet, Inc.

AboveNet, Inc. provides fiber connectivity solutions for businesses and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and between 14 top U.S. metro markets and London. AboveNet's network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, media, health care and retail.

About Framestore CFC

Framestore CFC was formed in December 2001 through the union of two of the most creative and dynamic companies in the industry: FrameStore and The Computer Film Company (CFC). The company is now the largest visual effects and computer animation studio in Europe, with over 35 years of combined experience in digital film and video technology.

The company has won numerous international awards including two Technical Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, three BAFTA Craft Awards and eleven Primetime Emmy Awards.

The company's movie portfolio includes work on such films as 'Superman Returns', 'X-Men: The Last Stand', 'V for Vendetta', 'The Proposition', 'The Constant Gardener', 'Doom', 'Nanny McPhee', 'Troy', 'Thunderbirds', 'Cold Mountain', 'Love Actually', and all of the Harry Potter movies. Recent television work includes 'Ocean Odyssey', 'Sea Monsters', 'Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real', 'Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets', 'Sea Monsters', 'The Giant Claw' and 'Land of Giants' (Walking With Dinosaurs specials) and 'Dinotopia'. Among Framestore CFC's notable commercial credits are Rexona 'Go Wild', Guinness 'noitulovE', Renault Espace 'Hector's Life', Audi 'Illusions', Johnnie Walker 'Tree', the Post Office 'Ant' commercials, Johnnie Walker 'Fish', Levi's 'Odyssey', Audi 'Drink Like a Fish', Xbox 'Mosquito' and Guinness 'Surfer'.

SOURCE AboveNet Communications UK Ltd

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