IBC 2015: Vodafone UK partners with SIS LIVE for football, rugby content broadcast


Michelle Clancy

| 12 September 2015

Vodafone UK is partnering with SIS LIVE to provide resilient, high-capacity fibre connectivity to transmit HD live TV streaming of national and international sporting matches directly from many of the UK’s top football and rugby grounds to broadcasters.

Vodafone UK’s IP fibre and transmission network will enable content to be transmitted live from the pitch side back to SIS LIVE’s broadcast hubs in MediaCityUK and Milton Keynes. These hubs monitor, control and distribute content received from every venue to the broadcasters. Vodafone also has combined its fibre network with microwave links at the main rugby stadia. SIS LIVE will be deploying at least one satellite truck to every venue.

“Vodafone plays an important role in ensuring connectivity for businesses and consumers alike, across both our mobile and fixed networks,” said Dave Langhorn, head of large business for Vodafone UK. “Our partnership with SIS LIVE highlights the critical role we play as we help to ensure top flight football matches and rugby games of international importance reach the broadcasters whose coverage is watched by millions of sports fans across the globe.”

David Meynell, managing director for SIS LIVE, added, “Thanks to Vodafone, SIS LIVE’s access to an ever-expanding network of fibre-connected sites combined with our own significant broadcast infrastructure which includes dual 24/7 network operation centres and a large mobile satellite fleet, will enable us to become the number one connectivity partner for critical media content.”