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September 10, 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015 streamed live in HD with Vodafone

UK's rugby and football stadia get a connectivity upgrade.

By Alexander Sword

Vodafone is working with SIS LIVE to transmit HD live TV streaming of matches from football and rugby grounds in the UK.

The mobile operator and satellite uplink supplier connected all current premiership grounds and 13 rugby venues across the country.

Vodafone designed and delivered the IP fibre and transmission network to allow content to be transmitted live from the pitch side to broadcast hubs in MediaCityUK and Milton Keynes.

The operator combined the fibre network with microwave links at the main rugby stadia to offer high resilience.

Notably, with Vodafone’s help, SIS LIVE is providing connectivity during the upcoming Rugby World Cup, with its fibre links being installed at all World Cup venues to provide live coverage from every game.

It is also providing 10 single and 3 dual antenna uplink trucks, with over 1000 hours of satellite capacity, as well as installing microwave links at Twickenham, Olympic Park, Millennium Stadium and Wembley.

Dave Langhorn, Head of Large Business for Vodafone UK said: "Vodafone plays an important role in ensuring connectivity for businesses and consumers alike, across both our mobile and fixed networks.

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"Our partnership with SIS LIVE highlights the critical role we play as we help to ensure top flight football matches and rugby games of international importance reach the broadcasters whose coverage is watched by millions of sports fans across the globe. Combining Vodafone’s connectivity expertise and SIS LIVE’s expertise will mean sports fans won’t miss a moment of this season’s events."

David Meynell, Managing Director, SIS LIVE said: "Thanks to Vodafone, SIS LIVE’s access to an ever-expanding network of fibre-connected sites combined with our own significant broadcast infrastructure which includes dual 24/7 network operation centres and a large mobile satellite fleet, will enable us to become the number one connectivity partner for critical media content."

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