Al Jazeera, Ooredoo to build global media cloud
Rebecca Hawkes
| 19 November 2014
Qatar telco Ooredoo and Al Jazeera Media Network have inked a deal to build a media cloud to connect the broadcaster's main hubs and bureau across the globe.

The proposed cloud will utilise international fibre optic cables, enabling Al Jazeera journalists to share video, reports and breaking news instantly, ready to prepare for broadcast, wherever they are on the globe.

A mixture of synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) technologies will be employed for the cloud. The SDH network will provide high capacity synchronised circuits for critical video services, and the MPLS network will provide cost effective circuits for medium priority services.

"One of Al Jazeera Media Network's objectives is to become a world class network operation. This global media cloud project and initiative will help the network achieve this goal by bringing the journalists and editorial workforce on a common communication platform," said Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani, chairman, Al Jazeera.

"The partnership with Ooredoo, the leading telecom operator in Qatar, will leverage the news capabilities ... and enhance user experience. It is the right step in securing the assets of Al Jazeera, which is media, and delivering it to the audience interference free."

Al Jazeera currently has more than 70 bureaux around the world.