Tata Communications announced today that it has been appointed by Formula One Management (FOM) to provide broadcast services for the GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup racing series.
According to the company, Tata Communications will provide a diverse end-to-end fibre and satellite solution to broadcasters worldwide across 12 race locations.
With this agreement in place, broadcasters covering the three races can take advantage of Tata Communications' Race Network Operations Centre (NOC). Located in the Formula 1 Technical Centre, this "nerve centre" is present at every F1 event.
Tata Communications already provides MPLS, Internet access and managed hosting and security, as well as Content Delivery Network (CDN) and co-location services for FOM. This global platform also delivers data and live broadcast quality video to FOM and since 2012, Tata Communications has successfully supported 57 races with over 400 hours of live service management.
The same platform also delivers a range of connectivity services to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team and Chello DMC, which distributes to Dutch sports channel Sport1.
Tata Communications installs and tests its network infrastructure in two days at the 20 race locations, then dismantles it in just three hours after the races, the company said in a media statement.
"Each Formula 1 race demands a range of connected services similar to that of a small city. By consolidating fixed line connectivity needs with Tata Communications, Formula One Management will be able to take the greatest possible advantage of that infrastructure and tap into the versatility, on and off-site support and existing knowledge and experience of our platform and our team," said Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO, Tata Communications.
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