Ooredoo has successfully implemented a new sports contribution network for beIN SPORTS, which will enhance the quality of high-definition video shared between Paris and Doha and broadcast across the station’s diverse range of channels.
The new infrastructure will significantly improve the quality of the viewing experience for sports fans around the world, improving signal continuity, providing higher resolution and ensuring loss-less transmission, so that viewers don’t miss a minute of their favourite matches.
Using the robust new international network, beIN SPORTS will transmit high definition coverage of the major European leagues that it has the exclusive rights to direct from studios in Paris – including Spanish La Liga, the French Ligue 1 and the Italian Serie A.
By improving broadcast quality, beIN SPORTSwill take viewers closer to the action than ever before, and offer significantly improved high definition picture quality.
Ooredoo partnered with the world-renowned European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world's foremost alliance of public service media organisations, to integrate and deploy the contribution network.
As well as enhancing the viewing experience for beIN SPORTS’ customers, the investment in the international network solution will help further position the station as one of the world’s leading broadcasters of soccer around the world.
Mohammad Al Subaie, Executive Director of Commercial Affairs, beIN Media Group, said: "The launch of the sports contribution network has gone very smoothly with the full support of Ooredoo. Our new robust network solution will enable us to deliver the very best high-definition coverage of the most exciting European matches live and direct to our viewers’ homes. This world-class network implementation is another indication of our ambition to be the world’s leading sports broadcaster.”
Chief Sales and Service Officer Mohammad Al-Marri, Ooredoo said: “Ooredoo continues to work with Qatar’s leading brands to enable them to enhance and extend their services for customers in Qatar and around the world. This latest implementation, which has seen beIN SPORTS deploy one of the world’s most advanced high-definition network links between Paris and Qatar, places the broadcaster at the top of the global premier league of sports coverage providers.”
beIN SPORTS, based in Qatar, has the exclusive broadcasting rights in the Middle East for major football leagues. The station will aggregate all French Ligue 1 sports production through Paris and transmit the video content over the media contribution network, based on Net Insight’s Nimbra platform.
Graham Warren, Director of Network, European Broadcasting Union, said:"We made use of the Net Insight technology as it can guarantee loss-less routing and provides enhanced capabilities to control the quality of service. In close cooperation with Ooredoo we provided a large bandwidth and highly resilient extension to the EUROVISION fibre network into Doha that can support the very latest high definition standards. One of the benefits is that ad-hoc services can be enabled easily through our own developed network management system which, in conjunction with the rest of the solution, is essential for the high pressure environment of international sports broadcasting.”
The beIN SPORTSsolution is the latest in a number of advanced technological network solutions developed by Ooredoo for Qatar’s leading businesses. In 2013, it has worked on some of the most challenging enterprise initiatives to date, as Qatar’s economy has diversified and businesses can expand and adapt.