Tata Communications now connects to over 125 media venues across the Americas to enable delivery of video content
Mumbai – April 12, 2010 – Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of communications, and Hibernia Media, a leading service provider for video transport and managed video services, today announced that they have partnered to provide a global solution for delivery of media services.
The alliance enables Tata Communications and Hibernia Media to increase their reach of end-to-end video solutions by making 125 media venues in the Americas available to Tata’s 12 Video Connect nodes globally. The two brands will share each other’s networks and customers will benefit from pre-connected venues that include major teleports, Cable and Satellite TV head ends, sporting venues, news outlets and broadcasters.
Julian Wheeler, Vice President of Global Media and Entertainment Solutions (GMES), Tata Communications, says: “Our global video network continues to grow, both in reach and in the selection of on-demand services. We are working with global partners to enhance the reach and depth of our media and entertainment products and solutions. Hibernia Media is the ideal partner for us in the Americas because of its devotion to and track record of delivering the highest quality video and managed services to its customers.”
The alliance will bring customers faster and easier rollout of video delivery both on a permanent as well as an occasional basis. In particular, the alliance integrates seamless communication between both companies so that global customers can book video connections during major events.
Delwin Bothof, President of Hibernia Media, says: “We are excited to be partnering with Tata Communications and adding their Video Connect service to our broad portfolio of video solutions. This is one of the strongest partnerships in the industry and represents our shared vision for providing managed video solutions on a global scale. This alliance opens the door for owners of content around the world, whether in Asia, the Middle East, or Africa, to more effectively reach the consumers in the Americas as well as access and acquire content in the Americas for global distribution.”
About Tata Communications
Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multinational enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.
The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly one million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.
Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United Telecom Limited), and subject to approval by the Chinese government, China (China Enterprise Communications).
Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)
About Video Connect
As the world’s most advanced dedicated global video network, Video Connect helps broadcasters, studios and production houses deliver video content flexibly and cost-effectively to media hotspots worldwide. By leveraging Tata Communications’ global network infrastructure, Video Connect ensures permanent availability of bandwidth and seamless transmission of video at constant bit rates.
Video Connect offers up to 99.999% uptime by providing auto re-routing on diverse and protected paths on both primary route as well as “around-the-globe” over and above the basic triple-protected SDH network between Video Connect PoPs. Thus there are four redundant and diverse paths between each of the 12 Video Connect nodes across New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Hyderabad, as well as more downstream partners in each region PoP on the network.
Video Connect is a key component of the GMES suite launched by Tata Communications in January 2010, which also includes the Mosaic offering.
Through the GMES group, Tata Communications aims to maximize the opportunities that digital media provides by enabling end-to-end management, distribution and delivery of content over its lifecycle from production to distribution. This makes Tata Communications a unique solutions provider, enabling collaboration and integration with various partners in the media ecosystem and offering a robust global media delivery infrastructure to reach the end-user.
For more information on Tata Communications GMES portfolio visit www.tatacommunications.com/GMES
About Hibernia Media
Hibernia Media, formerly known as MediaXstream, provides carrier-neutral, high quality transport and managed network services for the production and broadcast industries in over 30 North American and European markets. Operating the largest national DTM network, Hibernia Media specializes in transporting flawless digital and High Definition content in its native formats as demanded by sports, TV and film production, news, mobile and IPTV.
For more information or sales, please visit www.hiberniamedia.com.
Forward-looking and cautionary statements
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