Innovative work in connecting F1® racing across all race locations globally recognised at the MEF Carrier Ethernet Awards APAC
Singapore – January 30th 2014 – Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, has been awarded the Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application title at the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet Awards for the Asia-Pacific region. In its second year as the Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1®, this prestigious award recognised Tata Communications’ ability to deliver world-class connectivity to all Formula 1® race locations over its network – the largest privately-owned global network.
The move to Tata Communications’ fibre optic global ring of super-fast cables has given Formula One Management access to a tenfold increase in connectivity capability worldwide. This has benefited the Formula 1® community as Formula One Management has extensive responsibilities in delivery exclusive content to businesses and consumers over the Tata Communications global fibre network.
Tata Communications’ global network also opens the door for endless possibilities in sports video distribution. Using fibre, broadcasters have the opportunity to manage content and transfer data in ways not possible via satellite, creating options for future innovations. In 2013, Tata Communications successfully showcased the next generation of video distribution capability by relaying JPEG 2000 content from the race track at Singapore directly to Formula One Management’s Biggin Hill headquarters in the UK. The live video feed was sent using Tata Communications’ Video Connect service over a Dedicated Multipoint Ethernet service in what was Tata Communications’ first live video contribution demonstration for Formula One Management and a group of leading broadcasters.
John Morrison, Chief Technical Officer, Formula One Management, says, “Cutting edge connectivity and content delivery are critical business drivers for Formula 1®. I congratulate Tata Communications on winning this award as it recognises its achievements in this field.”
Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director F1® Business, Tata Communications, says, “As we are about to embark on our third season with Formula 1®, the recognition of our work together during the 2013 season is a testament of Formula One Management’s vision to push technical boundaries that deliver an immersive digital experience for the millions of fans worldwide. Looking ahead, we’re excited about the possibility of using our fibre network to support innovate new means of delivering live-race content globally.”
Tata Communications’ Ethernet Services in APAC have been recognised by numerous independent organisations around the globe. Most recently, it was cited as a leader in Forrester Research, Inc.’s The Forrester Wave™: Asia Pacific Carrier Ethernet Services, Q4 2013.
Tata Communications Limited (CIN no: L64200MH1986PLC039266) along with its subsidiaries (Tata Communications) is a leading global provider of A New World of Communications™. 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.
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 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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