SIS LIVE has been announced as the supplier of connectivity services for host broadcaster ITV, throughout the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The company will provide ITV with all communications and live feeds for the six week competition of world class rugby, featuring teams from the top 20 rugby nations. The contract covers the opening ceremony at Twickenham on 18 September 2015 and 48 matches broadcast live, from 13 stadiums across the UK.
SIS LIVE will install new fibre connectivity at all rugby locations, to add to its growing fibre network that also includes Premier League football stadia. New rugby venues include Wembley, Twickenham, Millennium and the Olympic Stadium. SIS LIVE will also provide ten single and three dual antenna uplinks, with over 1000 hours of satellite capacity and significant fibre links.
David Meynell, managing director, SIS LIVE, said: “The Rugby World Cup is the most significant sports contract in the UK’s 2015 calendar and we are delighted to have been asked to supply the connectivity services to ITV.
“It is a great opportunity for us to showcase the unrivalled connectivity skills which have already made us a familiar presence at the country’s most high profile sporting venues and allowed us to roll out new fibre across the UK.
“We already have an excellent working relationship with ITV and we look forward to utilising our comprehensive connectivity infrastructure to deliver the highest quality live coverage from up to four matches per day.”
SIS LIVE will deliver video, audio and communication feeds to ITV, as well as feeds for global distribution, through its extensive fibre networks and via satellite links. The company will utilise its highly specified uplink trucks, and its two large broadcast teleports and dual Network Operation Centres located in Milton Keynes and at MediaCityUK.