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Tata Communications achieves a first in Singapore’s F1 race

Zafar Anjum | Sept. 24, 2014
Provides first ever live 4K feed of a Formula 1 event over fibre

Tata Communications became the first company to deliver a live 4K feed from a Formula 1 event with this year's race that just concluded last Sunday.

According to a statement by the leading provider of communications, this landmark was achieved during practice session at the 2014 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, where live footage was delivered end-to-end over Tata Communications' Global Video Connect Network, to Formula One Management's (FOM) Technical HQ in Biggin Hill, UK.

This capability was demonstrated to an exclusive group of broadcasters. The live delivery highlighted the next generation 4K broadcast capabilities afforded by fibre-optic cable, as well as illustrating how the future of 4K sports broadcasting could look, the company said in its statement.

"Last year we were able to showcase our broadcast capabilities by transmitting a live JPEG 2000 feed from the same Grand Prix in Singapore," said Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director F1 Business, Tata Communications. "This year we have taken a huge step in next generation broadcast with the first-ever transmission of a live 4K feed from a Formula 1 event. It is another milestone in our journey with Formula One Management and shows the real potential of sports broadcasting over our Video Connect Network, as well as the quality and speed by which it can be delivered."

Benefits of 4K broadcasting

4K broadcasting promises ground-breaking definition, but also presents the challenge of significantly increased bandwidth demand, said Kapadia. Typically, Tata Communications provides 120 megabits per second (mbps) for JPEG 2000. During the Biggin Hill showcase, Tata Communications provided 500mbps for a single feed, a capability that was only made possible thanks to the company's global Video Connect network, delivering video and converged IP services seamlessly for high quality sports events.

"We are focussed on giving F1 fans the best possible experience, which is why we are pleased to be supporting Tata Communications in bringing 4K closer to reality," said a happy John Morrison, Formula One Management's Chief Technical Officer.

The live demonstration also highlighted the global capability of Tata Communications' dedicated Video Connect Network which affords 4x redundant connectivity between source and destination, while ensuring zero packet drop for a smooth viewing experience.  The network also offers ready connectivity to key media hotspots.

In February 2012, Tata Communications signed a deal with Formula One Management to deliver world-class connectivity to all Formula 1 race locations over its global network, the largest in the world. Tata Communications also provides hosting and content delivery services to, which is accessed by tens of millions of fans around the globe throughout the racing season. A recent video discussing the partnership can be viewed here.



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