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Posted on February 4, 2014

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, has been awarded the Best  Carrier Ethernet Business Application title at the Metro Ethernet Forum  (MEF) Carrier Ethernet Awards for the Asia-Pacific region. In its second year as the Official Connectivity Provider of Formula 1®, this prestigious award recognised Tata Communications’ ability to deliver world-class connectivity to all Formula 1® race locations over its network – the largest privately-owned global network.

The move to Tata Communications’ fibre optic global ring of super-fast cables has given Formula One Management access to a tenfold increase in  connectivity capability worldwide. This has benefited the Formula 1®  community as Formula One Management has extensive responsibilities in  delivery exclusive content to businesses and consumers over the Tata  Communications global fibre network.

Tata Communications’ global network also opens the door for endless possibilities in sports video  distribution. Using fibre, broadcasters have the opportunity to manage  content and transfer data in ways not possible via satellite, creating  options for future innovations. In 2013, Tata Communications  successfully showcased the next generation of video distribution capability by relaying JPEG 2000 content from the race track at Singapore directly to Formula One Management’s Biggin Hill headquarters in the UK. The  live video feed was sent using Tata Communications’ Video Connect  service over a Dedicated Multipoint Ethernet service in what was Tata  Communications’ first live video contribution demonstration for Formula  One Management and a group of leading broadcasters.

John Morrison, Chief Technical  Officer, Formula One Management, says, “Cutting edge connectivity and  content delivery are critical business drivers for Formula 1®. I  congratulate Tata Communications on winning this award as it recognises  its achievements in this field.”

Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director  F1® Business, Tata Communications, says, “As we are about to embark on  our third season with Formula 1®, the recognition of our work together  during the 2013 season is a testament of Formula One Management’s vision to push technical boundaries that deliver an immersive digital  experience for the millions of fans worldwide. Looking ahead, we’re  excited about the possibility of using our fibre network to support  innovate new means of delivering live-race content globally.”

Tata Communications’ Ethernet  Services in APAC have been recognised by numerous independent  organisations around the globe. Most recently, it was cited as a leader  in Forrester Research, Inc.’s The Forrester Wave™: Asia Pacific Carrier  Ethernet Services, Q4 2013.

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