When NBC's Olympics division broadcasts the lighting of the torch at the London Olympic Games this year, they'll be supported by AT&T's (NYSE: T) managed network services.
The service provider's managed private networking solution is serving as an enabler for the Olympic division's high-definition broadcast of the Olympic Games. A connection will be created between NBC's space in the International Broadcast Center (IBC) production facilities at the London Olympics and NBC's U.S. facilities.
Having worked together since the Atlanta Games in 1996, AT&T has been a long term partner of NBC Olympic division, helping it transmit coverage in the United States.
What's different about this year's games is the amount of bandwidth that will be needed to support traditional broadcast and online video methods.
Joe Lueckenhoff, senior vice president, AT&T Business and Home Solutions, said in a company release that "The 2012 London Olympic Games coverage in the U.S. includes large bandwidth volumes that will be used to support NBC's Olympics division's multi-platform approach so viewers in America can more easily engage with the Olympics excitement."
AT&T has provisioned diverse, always-on network circuits with backup features with redundant paths to ensure 24/7 transmission of the games even if a circuit path fails.
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