Tata Comm Launches Dedicated Global Video Network

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 27, 2010


Tata Communications formally announced its global media and entertainment solutions (GMES) group and its investment plans for the next two years.

The company launched its global video network called Video Connect, along with Mosaic — a media management platform, which it recently acquired from the BT Group. Coupled with its existing satellite broadcast service, Tata Communication said it is ready to address to the media industry’s needs to deliver content in a reliable and secure manner.

Speaking at the event, Vinod Kumar, president and COO, Tata Communications, said that Tata Communications plans to invest U.S. $50 million into the GMES group. This investment will be spread across software development and updates, increasing hardware capabilities and possible customizations for specific customers. Kumar said this particular sector is expected to contribute between U.S. $200 to $300 million per annum to the company’s topline in the next two to three years, compared to the current U.S. $30-40 million.

The company views the media industry in Asia and South Africa as an emerging market and is convinced that its range of content delivery services and network coverage will be able to cater to the demand for digital media management.

Video Connect, Mosaic and satellite broadcast are intended to provide an all rounded media management, distribution and delivery model to all those in the media value chain. Video Connect is a dedicated global video network, which is designed for broadcasters, studios and production houses to deliver video content to media ‘hotspots’ worldwide. This has been made possible through a global network infrastructure that has four redundant paths and promises an uptime of up to 99.999 percent. Tata Communications has rolled out the Video Connect service for an undisclosed Indian customer a few months ago.

The Mosaic platform is a cloud-based media management platform for customers across the media value chain (creation, aggregation, publishing and re-purposing). Currently the platform is being used by a U.K.-based content house.

The Satellite Broadcast service has been providing TV uplink and broadcasting facilities for a number of years and enjoys a customer base of 50 channels. The company also has 50 customers using its content deliver network (CDN) services.