Tata Communications to provide international distribution of historic rugby match to 100 countries

Paris – February 4, 2015
Tata Communications’ global network, to deliver live coverage of the Rugby Masters game between RC Toulon and The Sharks

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of CommunicationsTM, announces that it will be the Official International Connectivity Provider for The Master’s Rugby as RC Toulon, reigning European champions, 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 on February 5th at the Stade Mayol, France.

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. This reach is only possible thanks to Tata Communications’ wholly-owned subsea network  – the largest in the world.

Claude Sassoulas, Managing Director Europe, Tata Communications says, “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. 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 ensure premium quality video delivery, leveraging constant bandwidth availability and video transmission at constant bit rates on 4x protected fibre paths. With over 300 hotspots across 125 countries, Tata Communications will provide uninterrupted video distribution to a truly global audience live from the Stade Mayol stadium in Toulon, France.

Phillipe Spanghero, Director of SL Events which organised the event says, “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.”

This live rugby broadcast delivered over Tata Communications’ network builds on the company’s existing heritage in sports broadcasting. Tata Communications is the Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1®, enabling F1® motor racing to seamlessly reach its tens of millions of fans across the globe.



Tim Masih
Tata Communications
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Paul Crouch
Hill & Knowlton Strategies
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About Tata Communications

Tata Communications Limited (CIN no: L64200MH1986PLC039266) along with its subsidiaries (Tata Communications) is a leading global provider of A New World of CommunicationsTM. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to over 240 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services and leadership in global international voice. Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.


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