SIS LIVE and BT Sign Major Fibre Network Deal in New Strategic Partnership
This five year agreement will see BT provide SIS LIVE with a market leading MPLS-based fibre network to support its rapid growth in broadcast solutions. The agreement heralds an alliance between the two companies, which will enable them to make use of each other’s infrastructure and so expand their presence in the fibre and satellite service markets. These moves position them at the forefront of the broadcast connectivity business in the UK.
As part of the deal SIS LIVE will become preferred reseller of the BT Broadcast Fibre and Media Network, and will utilise this agreement to provide the best value and a comprehensive service to its clients. This network will also connect the main SIS LIVE headquarters in Milton Keynes and MediaCityUK, Salford with BT Tower and resilient connectivity directly to strategically important locations around the UK, which includes major UK broadcasters.
The network also incorporates 158 BT Fibre ingest points, which cover most major sporting and cultural venues in the UK, including all Premiership and Championship football grounds, Elstree Studios, Echo Arena in Liverpool, the O2 in London, the Oval Cricket Ground and many more.
Mark Wilson-Dunn, VP of global sales and Marketing for BT Media and Broadcast commented, "SIS LIVE has a compelling satellite based events business, and we have a great fibre solution. Bringing the two of us together means that customers can blend the best of both worlds in order to service their clients in the most flexible and effective way."
David Meynell, managing director of SIS LIVE says “This partnership allows us to offer our customers even greater flexibility and value, and further establishes SIS LIVE as the leading provider of broadcast acquisition facilities in the UK. Together we will be able to provide technical solutions across satellite and fibre networks to deliver an excellent range of services to suit any potential connectivity need our clients might require.”
SIS is one of the world’s leading companies in the television broadcasting industry. It is the foremost supplier of television programming and data services to the UK and Ireland betting industry. The company’s broadcast business, SIS LIVE, operates the largest satellite uplink fleet in Europe and is the largest outside broadcast provider in the UK. SIS LIVE offers a complete broadcasting solution including global distribution, satellite internet and IP provision, special camera systems, wireless camera solutions and broadcast systems integration services. SIS LIVE also designs and manufactures an innovative, market-leading range of satellite and broadcast products. The company covers 100,000 hours of live events worldwide each year and delivers approximately 80% of live news feeds across the UK. Credits include the America’s Cup, Formula One, Wimbledon Championships, Glastonbury Festival and European Tour Golf.