A network provided by Easynet was used by Sky News to contribute live footage from the wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton to millions of homes across the globe. The network enabled content from multiple different locations, including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Mall, to be streamed live back to Sky’s broadcasting centre in Osterley, West London, and broadcast in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD).
With the eyes of the world on Sky’s coverage, the broadcaster had no margin for error. To ensure maximum resiliency Easynet provided Sky with a multi-gigabit Internet Protocol (IP) network and robust back-up infrastructure. The fibre network, coupled with high-performance compression technology, enabled Sky to have multiple video transmission feeds on a single platform. At any one time, the network was handling dozens of different feeds, including from the wedding itself, the celebrations across London and a number of other outside sources, helping to make the event as memorable for those watching at home as for those attending. Easynet’s professional services consultants designed, implemented and managed the entire contribution network infrastructure, from sites across the UK and back to Sky HQ.
Jackie Faulkner, Head of Operations at Sky News, commented: “Easynet’s MPLS network not only performed impeccably, but did so with a minimum of fuss throughout its installation. Changes were executed quickly and the entire implementation was carried out in an impressively tight timescale.”
David Rowe, CEO, Easynet, commented: “This was a fantastic cutting edge technology project and we are so pleased that it all went well on the day for the happy couple and for the exceptional quality broadcast by Sky. From planning to project implementation and live broadcast we worked closely with Sky broadcast and the end result was there for all to see; exceptional quality and fantastic coverage.”