CABSAT 2014: du, Level 3 expand UAE video transport service

Rebecca Hawkes | 14-03-2014

UAE telco du will provide its broadcast network customers with on-net access from the local node to Level 3's global fibre network Vyvx Solutions, following a deal announced at the CABSAT show in Dubai.

The companies claim international broadcasters will now be able to reliably deliver high quality video content – such as sporting events and breaking news – via Level 3's point of presence (PoP) at datamena, a UAE data centre and connectivity platform serving the Middle East and North Africa.

"These are exciting times – the UAE is well known for hosting major sporting events and concerts as well as some of the world's newest production studios which focus the world's attention on the country," said Martin Ford, senior vice president of sales for Europe Middle East and Africa, Level 3 Communications.

"Our first Vyvx PoP in the Middle East will enable regional broadcasters and content producers to send and receive their content globally over Level 3's secure, reliable and high-speed media network."

Mahesh Jaishankar, vice president datamena and broadcast, du added: "Level 3's growing broadcast infrastructure and network scalability is helping us expand our business. As a leading provider of media broadcast solutions in the UAE, we service the major broadcasters. The introduction of Vyvx will play a critical role in delivering our customers the international reach they need, and to meet expectations of viewers for high quality content."