Tata Communications, the official connectivity provider to Formula 1, today announced that it has been chosen by Formula One Management to provide broadcast services for the GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup racing series. The company will provide a fully diverse end-to-end fibre and satellite solution to broadcasters from across the globe at the 12 race locations in 2015.
Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group commented, “We are always looking to help provide our partners and clients with the highest standards of support and service and our decision to appoint Tata Communications as the provider of these broadcast services is designed to deliver this.”
The agreement will enable broadcasters covering GP2, GP3 and the Porsche Supercup races to take advantage of the Tata Communications Race Network Operations Centre, located in the Formula 1 Technical Centre, present at every F1 event. Tata Communications already provides MPLS (high-performance telecom network), internet access and managed hosting and security, as well as content delivery network and co-location services for Formula One. This global platform also delivers data and live broadcast quality video and, since 2012, they have supported 57 races with over 400 hours of live service management.
Tata will install and test its network infrastructure in two days, at the 20 race locations. Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO, Tata Communications, says, “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.”