TeliaSonera launches remote OB system

One of a growing range of systems that poses interesting questions for the established sport production workflow, TeliaSonera International Carrier has today launched its Cross Border Remote HD Production Solution.

The Remote Production Solution utilises TeliaSonera’s fibre broadcast network – the largest in Europe – and “promises to remove the need for onsite OB infrastructure and personnel,” says the company boldly. International remote production exploits the unlimited bandwidth offered by TeliaSonera and presents a real alternative to satellite, where gaining access to capacity at these levels can be a challenge, especially during busy periods. In addition, says the company, fibre offers the lowest possible latency, enabling true real-time TV production over long distances and across international borders.

The IBC demo sees four uncompressed HD feeds being sent using its MediaConnect platform from The Royal Tennis Club in Stockholm to a production team at IBC in Amsterdam, 1500km away.

Erik Hallberg, President of TeliaSonera International Carrier added: “TeliaSonera International Carrier has a longstanding relationship with key international broadcasters – we’re proud to offer the broadcast industry this innovative solution, which we believe will completely revolutionise outside broadcasting. We will continue to build and support on the Cross Border Remote Production Solution with our unrivalled reach and depth across Europe, the best customer service in our industry.”

The official unveiling of the service follows a period of testing with Twentyfourseven, one of Scandinavia’s biggest independent production companies, which utilised TeliaSonera’s fibre network in conjunction with Net Insight’s Nimbra Platform.

Kent Lundgren, CEO, Twentyfourseven, commented: “TeliaSonera International Carrier allows us to deliver content using our new Distance Outside Broadcast (DOB) work flow, particularly live events such as sports and music performances, in a really efficient and cost effective manner. This is especially important in an age when budgets are slimmer and audience’s expectations are higher than ever, demanding quality programming across numerous platforms.”

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