Level 3 Commits to Expansion of Vyvx VenueNet

Level 3 Communications will significantly upgrade its Vyvx VenueNet infrastructure as VenueNet+ will introduce new and enhanced services in venues nationwide, designed to support innovation in broadcast delivery.

In 2010, Level 3’s investment will focus on upgrading venue services in time for the start of the U.S. professional football and hockey seasons. In 2011, Level 3 expects to continue upgrading venue services in time for professional basketball and baseball seasons. Upgrades will include support for 1080P high definition (HD) video services with native uncompressed HD-SDI customer hand-offs, and support for the next generation of 3 Gigabit per second HD services.

Customers can also expect end-to-end fiber infrastructure to support future broadcast applications, including 3D transmission and uncompressed HD-ready support at venues that are directly connected with Level 3 fiber access. Integrated codecs enabling high-quality video compression and new and advanced support for local and remote signal verification and monitoring are also being added.

“By upgrading its Vyvx infrastructure, Level 3 is demonstrating a commitment to broadcasters for the delivery of high profile events,” says Mukul Krishna, global director for Digital Media at Frost & Sullivan. “With an increase in demand for events broadcast in HD, Frost & Sullivan believes that the demand for supporting infrastructure at the venue is also going to follow a similar upward trajectory. This upgrade also paves the way for advances in broadcast and event delivery by adding capabilities and standards to support future uncompressed and 3D applications.”

“As demand for connectivity into venues increases and the call for innovation in event delivery grows louder, Level 3 is investing to enable both, while making the process as simple as possible for our customers,” adds Peter Neill, senior vice president of Content Markets at Level 3. “From high-speed IP to live HD delivery, we’re committed to providing the services our customers want by driving technology forward, and expanding the possibilities for how events are delivered over the Level 3 network.”