By Telecom Lead Team: Tata Communications has signed a
multi-year technology service and marketing agreement with Formula One
The agreement enables Tata Communications to offer
connectivity to all 20 Formula 1 race locations over its global network.
It will provide hosting and content delivery services to Formula1.com.
Formula One group businesses and race locations will be
connected to the Tata Global Network, supported by secure MPLS connectivity.
Formula One Management’s IT infrastructure and Formula1.com will be co-located
and hosted in Tata Communications’ data centres.
Formula 1 requires fast and secure connectivity, because
even a split second of downtime can have huge repercussions for its business,
brand and reputation. The collaboration leverages our technology leadership and
vision for emerging markets and represents a tremendous opportunity for growth
and innovation for both companies,” said Vinod Kumar, managing director and CEO
of Tata Communications.
Tata Communications’ capabilities in video and content
delivery networks will enable strong connectivity to the multi-media portal on
Formula1.com. TGN has Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific data transfer
capacity of one terabit per second.
This capacity will ensure Tata Communications is able to
fully support Formula1.com during race weekends, when the site gets on average
four million unique visits per weekend, peaking at seven million over some events.
Tata Communications’ infrastructure will enable the sport’s official website to
scale up to cope with significant traffic spikes.
Connectivity and content delivery are critical issues
for Formula 1 and working with the best in the business is a priority for us.
This is a collaboration that will help us stay at the technological cutting
edge in these categories,” said Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of Formula One group.
Tata Communications will also provide Formula1.com with a
new Managed Security Suite and will apply an additional layer of managed
security monitoring to ensure an increased level of protection to Formula
One Management’s IT infrastructure.