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NEP Connect Announces Key New Appointments

Wed 18, 09 2019

12th September 2019, Milton Keynes, UK: NEP Connect (formerly SIS LIVE), the leader in critical broadcast connectivity, has announced two new appointments in key positions within the company that will further boost the services it offers to its clients on a worldwide basis. Effective immediately, Chris Ainger becomes Head of Technical Sales, while Jeff Hallman, is appointed as Global Network Solutions Architect.

Chris Ainger, Head of Technical Sales
Chris Ainger joined NEP from BT Media and Broadcast, bringing 17 years of experience in creating and delivering solutions for the media industry globally. An alumni of the University of Kent, Chris started his career in 2000 at Marconi designing SDH and ATM telecoms networks before joining BT’s broadcast services business as a design engineer in 2002. Over the next few years Chris was part of wider team leading the transition of broadcast transmission into the MPLS-IP world, helping to deliver the first MPLS-based Global Network for live broadcast. Since 2010 Chris led the Technical Solutions team designing platforms and bespoke media networking solutions for major global broadcasters.

Jeff Hallman spent 12 years working as the Broadcast Systems Integrations Manager for the Summer and Winter Olympic Host Broadcaster from Atlanta 96 to Torino 06, before joining Genesis Networks in 2007. He helped the innovative start-up usher in the era of IP-based live content and media file delivery to the international broadcast community. In the years since, he has been involved in the design and deployment of global content transport and delivery solutions onsite at some of the biggest events in the sports and entertainment business. Jeff also helped develop full-time, permanent network infrastructures used by linear broadcast playout centres, content streaming and delivery networks, and media production facilities in every region of the world.

“We are delighted that Chris and Jeff are part of the effort spearheading the growth of NEP Connect worldwide as the industry increasingly pivots towards centralised production workflows with our Anylive® media network as a critical part,” comments NEP Connect’s Managing Director, David Meynell. “Chris’s remit is far reaching and he will not only lead the Technical Sales Team but work on new solutions to grow our Gateway services and support me in launching new services, with a focus on broadcasters’ internal networks. Jeff will work alongside Chris in supporting the NEP Connect team’s aspirations to achieve global growth across the Anylive® media network, helping us in our ambition to become the connectivity provider of choice for critical media content, and supporting NEP with growth in centralised production solutions.”

NEP Connect is an integral part of NEP Group and the NEP Worldwide Network, which offers robust broadcast services, media solutions and live events support to clients worldwide. To learn more about NEP Connect’s connectivity services, visit: www.nepconnect.live

About NEP Connect

NEP Connect, an NEP Broadcast Services Company, has been delivering critical media content since 1989. The company’s rapidly growing international fibre network, Anylive®, connects over 220+ locations including broadcasters, major switching centres, channel aggregators, sports and entertainment venues. NEP Connect operates two Network Operation Centres located in the UK, co-located with NEP Connect teleports, which supply extensive satellite facilities to complete the connectivity offering. The company provides a full range of broadcast services from UHD to low bit rate streaming with data and audio transmission services also available. This comprehensive fibre and satellite infrastructure forms a cohesive and robust portfolio, broadcasting over 200 hours of live transmissions worldwide every day supporting multiple contracted and occasional use events. Learn more at www.nepconnect.live

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