ITV Sports passes to SIS for Rugby World Cup connectivity

DetailsEditor | 20 May 2015

With the financial importance of the Rugby World Cup stated clearly by CEO Adam Crozier, ITV has entrusted SIS LIVE as its supplier of connectivity services throughout the event.

The broadcast connectivity expert will provide ITV with all communications and live feeds for the six-week competition, featuring teams from the top 20 rugby nations, starting with the opening ceremony on 18 September 2015 and then for 48 matches broadcast live, from 13 stadiums across the UK.

SIS LIVE will install new fibre connectivity at all rugby locations, to add to its fibre network that also includes Premier League football stadia. New rugby venues include Wembley, Twickenham, Millennium and the Olympic Stadium. SIS LIVE will also provide ten single and three dual antenna uplinks, with over 1,000 hours of satellite capacity and fibre links.

The company will also utilise its highly specified uplink trucks and its two broadcast teleports and dual Network Operation Centres located in Milton Keynes and at MediaCityUK.

"The Rugby World Cup is the most significant sports contract in the UK's 2015 calendar and we are delighted to have been asked to supply the connectivity services to ITV," commented SIS LIVE managing director David Meynell. "It is a great opportunity for us to showcase the unrivalled connectivity skills which have already made us a familiar presence at the country's most high profile sporting venues and allowed us to roll out new fibre."