Tata Communications will be the Official International Connectivity Provider for The Master’s Rugby on 5 February.
Tata Communications’ global network will deliver live coverage of the game to eight leading broadcasters across five continents. The match is expected to be watched by approximately 20 million viewers in 100 countries, using Tata Communications subsea network which, the company claims to be the world’s largest. The submarine fibre network includes more than 500,000km of subsea fibre, and more than 210,000km of terrestrial fibre.
RC Toulon, reigning European champions will take on The Sharks, one of the top teams from the Super Rugby franchise. The first clash between Rugby Union club teams from the northern and southern hemispheres this century, the historic match will take place at the Stade Mayol, France.
“Sports broadcasting is a crucial focus area for us and our role as the Official International Connectivity Provider for Toulon versus The Sharks is an example of our commitment to provide the best broadcast experience to viewers across the globe,” said Claude Sassoulas, managing director Europe, Tata Communications. “With a leading global network, we are expertly placed to deliver crystal- clear live video coverage of high profile, in-demand and fast-paced sports events anywhere in the world.”
By delivering broadcast feeds over Tata Communications’ Video Connect service, broadcasters will be able to deliver video leveraging constant bandwidth availability and video transmission at bit rates on 4x protected fibre paths. With over 300 hotspots across 125 countries, Tata Communications will provide video distribution to a global audience live from the Stade Mayol stadium in Toulon, France.
Phillipe Spanghero, director of SL Events which organised the event, commented, “This match will be a highlight in the sporting calendar this year. It is great to leverage Tata Communications’ global network and capabilities to support the international distribution of the event. Their proven expertise in sports broadcasting including cricket, tennis and motor racing will ensure fans all over the world will enjoy the best possible viewing experience.”