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Vodafone to help deliver live TV coverage of Rugby World Cup

Thursday, September 10th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Vodafone has partnered with broadcast technology specialist SIS LIVE to provide live HD streaming of top football and rugby matches to broadcasters.

The companies are helping broadcasters show live Premier League football games as well as coverage of the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Vodafone has designed and built fibre networks at each Premier League stadium and Rugby World Cup host venue, allowing content to be transmitted live to SIS LIVE’s broadcast hubs in Manchester and Milton Keynes.

The hubs monitor, control and distribute content from every venue to broadcasters.

At the main rugby stadia, Vodafone has combined its fibre networks with microwave links, allowing it to provide a service even if something goes wrong.

SIS LIVE will also be deploying at least one satellite truck to each venue.

Dave Langhorn, head of large business for Vodafone UK said: “Vodafone plays an important role in ensuring connectivity for businesses and consumers alike, across both our mobile and fixed networks.

“Our partnership with SIS LIVE highlights the critical role we play as we help to ensure top flight football matches and rugby games of international importance reach the broadcasters whose coverage is watched by millions of sports fans across the globe.

'Sports fans won't miss a moment'

“We believe that we are the only UK communications provider to have connected all current premiership grounds and 13 rugby venues around the country in this way and our investment in connecting stadia also means the fibre connectivity installed will be available to SIS LIVE beyond this season’s tournaments.

“Combining Vodafone’s connectivity expertise and SIS LIVE’s expertise will mean sports fans won’t miss a moment of this season’s events.”

David Meynell, managing director, SIS LIVE said: “Thanks to Vodafone, SIS LIVE’s access to an ever-expanding network of fibre-connected sites combined with our own significant broadcast infrastructure which includes dual 24/7 network operation centres and a large mobile satellite fleet, will enable us to become the number one connectivity partner for critical media content.”

The Rugby World Cup, which starts on Friday 18 September, will be shown live on ITV after the broadcaster was given consent by telecoms regulator Ofcom last week.

Sky and BT both hold rights to show a number of live Premier League football matches.

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