Genesis Networks fibers down under for Aussie Open

For the second consecutive year, broadcasts of the recent
Australian Open tennis tournament were transmitted to
U.S. viewers via a transoceanic
fiber link provided by Genesis Networks. The Australian Open marks one of the
first examples of a major international sporting event that has chosen a fiber
infrastructure over satellite communications for global transmission of
broadcasts.

Genesis Networks was under contract by two of the world’s
largest sports cable networks to deliver video transmission services for the
Australian Open. Genesis provided 24/7 transmission for up to 14 different
circuits linking the venue to and from the sports networks’ production
compounds in the
U.S.
In addition to prime-time coverage of tennis matches, Genesis provided fiber
links for sports news-gathering feeds, such as interviews with players and
special features. Genesis also provided highly reliable data circuits to
support the networks’ voice and data communications needs between the venue and
the
U.S.
as well as Internet access. The entire network infrastructure was diversely
routed and protected for reliability and redundancy.

“Sporting events such as the Australian Open represent prime
examples of the growing numbers of international broadcasting operations that
are turning to fiber for transcontinental, and even transoceanic, transmission
of their broadcasts,” said Paul Dujardin, president and CEO of Genesis
Networks. “For these broadcasters, fiber presents a far superior option to
satellite transmissions due to its lower latency and the high quality of the
signal, which remains consistent regardless of the distance being spanned. Our
broadcast clients chose Genesis to provide transmission services for the Open
because we could guarantee a secure and diversely linked network that would
ensure greater flexibility and reliability.”