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Press Release -- April 3rd, 2012
Source: TeliaSonera AB
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TeliaSonera International Carrier delivers NHL games to Scandinavia

Europe’s premier broadcast network provider, TeliaSonera International Carrier, today announced that each week it will deliver 35 match feeds of NHL games to its customer, and rights holder, Viasat in Stockholm for the next five years reinforcing their ability to enable cross-border fiber-based delivery of live international sport broadcasts.

This landmark announcement highlights the performance advantages of delivering on fiber internationally. It is possible due to the scale, reliability and resilience of the TeliaSonera International Carrier media platform. TeliaSonera International Carrier’s customised “blue and red” network concept routes feeds on two geographically recognised, diverse paths so that even if there is unexpected network disruption on one path it is invisible to the broadcast customer regardless of the distance between the location of the original transmission and the play-out.

The solution delivered by TeliaSonera International Carrier underlines its ability to manage complex broadcast technology challenges through partnership with other service providers. TeliaSonera chose Snell to supply a consignment of its award-winning Alchemist frame rate convertors, which help to maintain the high quality levels demanded for fast motion HD sport broadcasts. Encompass Digital Media was chosen to provide the US contribution due to its network origination credentials. The result is a high-quality solution delivered, with minimum fuss, to Viasat, enabling growing audiences in Scandinavia to enjoy quality ice-hockey.

The deal is a continuation of TeliaSonera International Carrier’s long standing relationship with Viasat but is the first delivery of Occasional Use sports for the broadcaster and forms part of a growing sports content portfolio they deliver globally.

Erik Hallberg, President of TeliaSonera International Carrier said “We are proud to be involved in bringing the first North American sport to Scandinavia using a fiber-based media platform. Over the next five years it will enable Viasat to broadcast almost 6000 hockey games and it is a reflection of Viasat’s trust in our superior solution that they have chosen to go with TeliaSonera. We are working with some great partners to ensure a complex solution of the best possible quality is delivered to hockey fans in Scandinavia.”

TeliaSonera International Carrier is the owner and operator of the largest fiber optic network in Europe, the third largest in the world, serving more than 85% of all European Internet Service Providers. Its Media Content service offers international video contribution and distribution over a global fibre network infrastructure.

For more information, please call the TeliaSonera press office + 46-771 77 58 30, press@teliasonera.com

About TeliaSonera
About TeliaSonera International Carrier As one of the leading carriers globally – and number 1 in Europe – TeliaSonera International Carrier provides fiber-based telecommunications services and infrastructure that deliver supreme customer value with high quality in every dimension. In addition to serving Operators and Services Providers, we play a vital role in delivering content and applications to millions of passionate and demanding users worldwide through our solutions for the media, gaming and other online entertainment industries. Our wholly owned fiber network is one of the most extensive in the industry – with close to 200 points of presence covering Asia, Europe, and the US – all solidly backed up by award-winning best wholesale carrier and customer care. Experience us at www.teliasoneraic.com

About Snell
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions to create, manage, and streamline the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere, Broadcast Infrastructure, and Live Production applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to HDTV, stereoscopic 3D, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms.  Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

About Encompass

Encompass, a leader in digital media services, owns and operates state-of-the-art, broadcast facilities throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Asia. The company’s mission-critical, media services provide broadcasters, cable networks, corporations and government agencies with customized solutions for the management and distribution of content.

With global access to large satellite and fiber footprints, Encompass has 24/7/365 Teleport facilities and technical personnel in Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; New York, NY; Stamford, CT; Lino Lakes and Minneapolis, MN; Burbank, CA; London, U.K.; and Singapore. The company employs unparalleled expertise through its full range of service offerings such as network origination; centralcasting; cable neighborhood platforms; disaster recovery; satellite and fiber transmissions (full time and occasional use); a fleet of satellite uplink trucks; digital media encoding services; digital file transfers via satellite, fiber and IP; emergency communications; governmental SATCOM; production studios; and video production services.

For more information about Encompass, visit www.encompass-m.com.

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