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NBCUniversal Selects AT&T Networking Solutions for Sochi Olympic Winter Games

January 20, 2014


AT&T (News - Alert) recently announced that NBCUniversal will use the company’s networking solutions to deliver high-definition coverage of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games across multiple devices. The games will be held in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 6, 2014 to Feb. 23, 2014.

The officials from NBCUniversal said that AT&T networking solutions will support high-definition video feeds for the viewers of the United States. The networking solutions from AT&T work with NBCUniversal’s current infrastructure, and allow for easy migration of applications. The IP VPN services offer converged networking solutions, which help enable new application services such as cloud and voice transformation.

"When people watch the Olympic Games, they increasingly do so from multiple screens – a smartphone, tablet, computer and the traditional television screen," said Robert Kiraly, Director of Broadcast and Telecommunications Operations, NBC Olympics, Inc. "AT&T supports the networking services we need to ensure our viewers will have the best experience possible, no matter their screen preference."

The networking solutions from AT&T help companies save time and money by consolidating voice, data and other communications tools on a single network. This not only allows the applications to work together, but also makes it easier for the IT staff to manage them. This simplified management cuts operating costs by reducing the time needed to oversee the network.

"We've had a strong relationship with NBCUniversal for decades," said Dan Walsh, senior vice president, Global Customer Solutions and Integration, AT&T Business Solutions. "Whether people are at home watching television or traveling with a laptop, tablet or smartphone, we will support the NBC Olympic experience. The work we're doing this year in Sochi continues to expand on that."

In related news, Cisco (News - Alert) has been selected to provide video hardware and cloud software components from its Videoscape TV services delivery platform to NBC Olympics to support transcoding and content management during its production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from February 6 - February 23.

According to a release, the announcement was made by Craig Lau, Vice President, Information Technology, NBC Olympics, and Joe Cozzolino, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Infrastructure.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker