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ntl:Telewest Selects Brix Networks’ Converged Service Assurance Solutions To Ensure Quality Of MPLS Core Network


Monday, June 5, 2006

UK’s Largest Cable Operator and Leading Provider of Triple-Play Services Chooses Brix System To Verify Performance Of Its Next-Generation, IP Services Foundation

CHICAGO, Ill. – GLOBALCOMM 2006 — Brix Networks, the leading provider of the most widely deployed converged service assurance solutions, today announced that ntl:Telewest (NASDAQ: NTLI), the United Kingdom’s largest cable operator and a leading supplier of broadband, digital television, telephony, content, and communications services to homes, businesses, and public sector organizations, has selected the Brix System to monitor the quality of ntl:Telewest’s Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) core network.

This announcement was made on the opening day of GLOBALCOMM 2006 being held here at McCormick Place, June 5-7, where Brix is exhibiting in the IP Video Pavilion in booth 63091.

Deployed by many telcos and service providers, MPLS can deliver the quality of service (QoS) required to support delay-sensitive services over a data network, such as real-time voice and video, as well as service level agreements (SLAs) that guarantee bandwidth. MPLS unites routing and switching and provides a high-speed switched connection for IP traffic aggregated at a service provider’s point-of-presence.

ntl:Telewest offers a triple-play bundle of broadband Internet, digital TV, and telephone services to more than 12 million homes across the UK. As the company built its Broadnet MPLS core network, it established it as the foundation for its next-generation, IP-based services, including the recently rolled out Metnet managed Ethernet service. To enable ntl:Telewest to continue successful deployments of quality IP services and applications, service assurance throughout its MPLS core became essential.

“Brix Networks has a deep understanding and expertise in IP services and MPLS infrastructure, and offers us a highly integrated solution that includes automated collection of real-time data, active testing, passive monitoring, and critical service-quality reporting metrics,” said Derek Cobb, director of network architecture, ntl:Telewest. “Brix solutions give us the visibility we need to migrate from our legacy infrastructure to a flexible, MPLS-based architecture that lets us quickly roll out quality IP service offerings and develop proactive tools to help ensure our customers the highest quality of experience.”

In demonstrating rapid service creation, end-to-end protection, robust SLAs, and support for voice, Internet, and multicast traffic, ntl:Telewest recently became the first European service provider to receive certification for its National Ethernet service from the Metro Ethernet Forum.

“As new IP- and IMS-based offerings are increasingly rolled out over service-enabling MPLS core networks, providers need greater visibility into service quality parameters in order to optimize their networks to meet the unique resource requirements of each class of service,” said Tom Pincince, president and CEO of Brix Networks. “To establish an advantage based on quality and not price alone, providers have to ensure they are meeting their customers’ SLAs, while cost-effectively utilizing the existing investments they have already made in their networks.”

Brix Networks’ seamlessly integrated hardware and software products -- collectively called the Brix System -- are strategic service assurance solutions that proactively monitor IP service and application quality. Network operators use the Brix System to guarantee the successful launch and ongoing, profitable operation of their various IP services, including VoIP, IPTV, and VPNs.

About ntl Incorporated

On March 3, 2006, ntl Incorporated completed a merger with Telewest Global, Inc. creating the UK’s largest provider of residential broadband and the UK’s leading provider of triple-play services. The company operates under the name of ntl Incorporated.

ntl offers a wide range of communications and entertainment services to more than five million residential customers. ntl’s networks can service more than 12 million homes -- 50 percent of UK households -- and 85 percent of UK businesses.

ntl’s content division, Flextech Television, provides television channels for the UK multichannel TV market, and owns transactional channels price-drop TV, bid tv, speed auction tv, and screenshop. Flextech owns six entertainment channels -- LIVINGtv, LIVINGtv 2, Bravo, Challenge, Trouble, and Ftn (plus their time shifted variants) -- and is a 50 percent partner in UKTV, which consists of 10 channels, including UKTV Gold, UKTV Drama, and UKTV History. Together, Flextech and UKTV are the largest suppliers of basic channels to the UK pay-TV market.

Further information about ntl and its products can be found at,, or

About Brix Networks

Brix Networks is the leading provider of converged service assurance solutions that allow the world’s largest service providers and enterprises to offer reliable and high-quality experiences in voice, video, data, and mobile services to their customers, partners, and employees. The company brings a proven heritage of IP expertise unique to the service assurance marketplace, and collaborates closely with its customers and partners to assure the delivery of any IP-based service, over any network, to any endpoint. For more information, visit, or call 978-367-5600/1-888-BRIXNET.

John H. Ricciardone
Brix Networks


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