Exponential-e’s HD broadcast platform distributes Royal Wedding globally

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Exponential-e, today announced that its high-definition, IP based broadcast network has been selected by four of the world’s top broadcasters to support their live coverage of the Royal Wedding taking place this week. CBS News and BellMedia Canada along with two other leading US broadcasters have all selected the power and integrity of Exponential-e to transmit their continuous feeds of live news and coverage across the world. As part of the deployments Exponential-e are providing direct 10Gb links in New York and access to our London metro network. The world’s media will be based from media villages at Methodist Central Hall and Buckingham Palace from where they will broadcast the events leading up to the Wedding and the day itself to millions of viewers worldwide.

Exponential-e’s layer 2 IP network has enabled the broadcasters to feed multiple channels from all their locations and benefit from a unified solution in the form of SIP trunking and secure Internet to support this event. Along with these advanced IP services, a dedicated team has provided 24 hour onsite support at all the locations.

Prince William will marry Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on 29th April 2011. The Royal Wedding procession will take in the capital’s most prestigious sights and will culminate at Buckingham Palace where a wedding reception will be hosted by The Queen.

Exponential-e’s high-throughput broadcast network supports ASI, SDI and HD-SDI. High-definition, low-latency, low-jitter connectivity makes it possible to support a range of dedicated customer services on the same underlying infrastructure and to distribute services across a number of locations.

All the solutions deployed are service-aware which means each type of traffic can be securely separated with each traffic type given its own performance guarantees. This ability makes it ideal for getting the necessary ICT on-location to support live events.

Service-awareness appealed to Canada’s largest private broadcaster, BellMedia. Albert Faust, Senior Director, Media Technology Systems, BellMedia said: “Exponential-e is connecting our outside broadcast sites to our news bureau in Camden. But what’s been great is their ability to give us Internet access as well as 30 channels of voice as part of the same solution. We are experts in covering major world events but having a proactive and responsive partner like Exponential-e makes life a whole lot easier.”

CBS News is the news and information arm of American television and radio network, CBS Corporation. Headquartered in New York, CBS News includes bureaux across the globe. Exponential-e is deploying data connectivity between CBS Broadcast’s anchor location at Methodist Central Hall and their broadcast complex in West London.

“We have been an Exponential-e customer for a number of years and with their flexibility of service they made a natural choice for this latest important deployment.” said David Fairweather, Director of Operations, Europe CBS News.

Mukesh Bavisi, Managing Director of Exponential-e enthused: “Exponential-e is recognised for providing the solid foundation required for live broadcasting. There can be no better accolade than being associated with something as prestigious as the Royal Wedding.”