The Switch Celebrates 20 Years
Looking back at two decades of unparalleled connectivity, quality, and reliability.
2011 marks the 20th anniversary of The Switch, which was launched in New York following the first Gulf War, and has since been embraced by the broadcast community as the global video gateway for unparalleled connectivity, quality and reliability.
"We are humbled by our customers support of The Switch over the last twenty years,” said Scott Beers, President and CEO. “Since our founding, this business has been a collaboration between The Switch and our valued customers, and we’re celebrating our success based upon the service offerings and network expansion requested by our customers.
From its origin as a television routing service in the New York metropolitan area, The Switch has grown to provide its unique customer controlled routing services in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Miami as well as internationally in London and Toronto. The company has expanded in 2004 to provide long distance video transmission service between each of its locations through a service offering called, Inter-City on Demand (ICOD).
The Switch’s revolutionary, ICOD service allows customers to immediately establish inter-city connections directly from their touch screen Switch Control System. Offering both 270 Mbps Uncompressed SDI and 1.485 Gbps Uncompressed HD-SDI, ICOD offers the flexibility of immediate or reserved intercity transmissions in increments as low as one minute.
In 2009, The Switch added SDI and HD-SDI local circuitry to its bouquet of services. Through agreements with both AT&T and Verizon, The Switch now offers cost-effective local fiber circuits to customers in 31 states and Washington, DC.
The company will hold its 20th Anniversary Celebration at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas this April.