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TV5MONDE Selects Tata Communications' Content Delivery Network Services to Reach Global Audience in Real-Time
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Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, and TV5MONDE, the leading global French language network, have announced that TV5MONDE has selected Tata Communications' LiveBroadcast service to distribute key events in real-time via the Internet. LiveBroadcast, a high-quality, flash-based streaming service, will provide TV5 with the necessary resources and scalability to support their quickly growing audience and support the constant and dynamic flow of content. With a reach of more than 180 million households, TV5 has extended their 10-year long relationship with Tata Communications to deliver Live Internet content as the channel increases their Web portfolio.
Tata Communications' CDN service delivers among the highest performance and reliability in the industry while providing immediate access to content, including High-Definition Video, without delay or jitter. With more than 300 points of presence worldwide, Tata Communications offers the first truly global CDN service on a state-of-the-art, single ASN global IP network. Through the LiveBroadcast offering, Tata Communications will provide an end-to-end solution that will replicate and distribute content, within a two- to four-second delay, using the company's extensive Tier-1 IP backbone.
"As one of the largest global television networks, TV5 sought out at solution that would allow them to deliver the most widespread video format on the Internet while displaying the shortest delay between signals, key benefits of Tata Communications' CDN services," says Genius Wong, Senior Vice President, Global IP and VPN Services, Tata Communications. "Our company's extensive network backbone and innovative way of broadcasting multimedia content via the Internet, allows TV5, as well as other broadcasters and large content providers, worldwide to seamlessly relay programming at unparalleled speed and quality."
Tata Communications has supplied TV5 with telecom products and services since 1999. During the recent U.S. presidential election, TV5 added LiveTV to their Internet portfolio. With less than a week to the broadcast of the first Obama vs. McCain debate, Tata Communications managed to provision the end-to-end solution and have it running flawlessly; thus, solidifying Tata Communications and TV5's collaboration through the delivery of LiveTV.
"Following the quick turnaround and successful deployment of services during the US presidential campaigns, Tata Communications became the obvious choice to continue to best support and deliver our content with an unmatched user experience," said Jean Pierre Verines, CTO for TV5MONDE. "Tata Communications' broad global presence coupled with their commercial and technical flexibility best matched our vision and facilitated our move into the online distribution arena."
Using a solution that relies on the same Distributed Origin technology as the one used in its CDN to deliver Flash/H264 Video On Demand services, incoming Live Streams are simultaneously replicated on every delivery node instantly by taking advantage of Tata Communications' oversized Tier-1 IP backbone. Since no proprietary live server-based solution is used, the LiveBroadcast service can scale to handle any live event without requiring additional server rollout.
In addition to LiveBroadcast, the Tata Communications suite of CDN services powered by BitGravity includes Tata Communications CDN, a next- generation CDN designed for a wide range of applications providing the highest performance and reliability on a global scale; and Tata Communications CDN Plus and CDN Secure, add value designed for the distribution and protection of media assets.
About Tata Communications
Tata Communications, a member of the $62.5 billion Tata Group, is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. The emerging markets communications leader leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national and Indian enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.
Tata Communications' range of services include transmission, IP, converged voice, mobility, managed network connectivity, hosting and storage, managed security, managed collaboration and business transformation for global enterprises and service providers, as well as Internet, retail broadband and content services for Indian consumers. The Tata Global Network encompasses one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 300 Pops, and more than 1 million square feet of data centre and colocation facilities.
Tata Communications' unique emerging market depth and breadth of reach includes a national fiber backbone network and access to network in over 60 cities and 125 Pops in India, strategic investments in South African converged services operator, Neotel, Sri Lanka and Nepal and, subject to fulfilment of conditions precedent, a 50% ownership in China Enterprise Communications (CEC) providing full country VPN coverage in China.
Servicing customers from its offices in over 80 cities in 40 countries, Tata Communications is the number one global international wholesale voice operator and number one provider of international long distance, enterprise data and Internet services in India, the Company was named "Best Wholesale Carrier" at the World Communications Awards in 2006, "Best Pan-Asian Wholesale Provider" at the 2006 and 2007 Capacity Magazine Global Wholesale Telecommunications Awards and was awarded "Best Progress in Emerging Markets" at the 2008 Mobile Communication Awards.
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)
Forward-looking and cautionary statements
Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata Communications and its prospects, and other statements, including those relating to Tata Communications' expected financial position, business strategy, the future development of Tata Communications' operations, and the general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry growth and trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among others, failure to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications' network; failure to develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services, including voice transmission services; failure to stabilize or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the company's communications services; failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular, changes relating to the administration of Tata Communications' industry; and, in general, the economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata Communications' control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in Tata Communications' various filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at http://www.sec.gov. Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements.
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