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Tata Communications to launch 100G media backbone

Aimed at meeting the growing demands of 4K, esports and media production

Tata Communications is planning to launch a 100G media backbone, aimed at meeting the growing demands of 4K, esports and remote production.

The backbone will be delivered in conjunction with Net Insight and aims to help accelerate industry adoption of ultra-high definition (UHD) 4K video, which requires 12Gbps of bandwidth when uncompressed – four times more than HD video. According to the company, 100G will enable broadcasters and esports companies to offer viewers and gamers ultra-immersive 4K viewing experiences without running out of bandwidth.

Tata Communications’ 100G backbone will also help overcome the technical complexities of esports, with each event involving multiple cameras, cutaways, real-time reactions, commentary and intensive editing.

The new backbone is being built using Net Insight’s next-generation WAN transport platform Nimbra 1060, and will underpin Tata Communications’ global end-to-end managed Video Connect network.

“We’re proud to launch this game-changing 100G backbone, and excited about the new opportunities that the powerful combination of Tata Communications and Net Insight’s capabilities offer to broadcasters, sports organisations, OTT players and esports businesses,” said Dhaval Ponda, associate vice president, Media and Entertainment, Tata Communications. “Viewers, sports fans and gamers increasingly expect immersive, high-quality content – delivered live from the other side of the world or on demand – on a range of different media platforms. This 100G backbone and our managed video services will help our customers innovate with agility and become more competitive.”