Intelsat, Level 3 Develop Video Delivery Network

Intelsat and Level 3 Communications are teaming up to roll out a fiber and satellite-based video delivery network to serve North American broadcast customers. The network will use Level 3's fiber-optic network and collocation facilities, and will be specifically optimized for broadcast customers to transmit digital video feed for sports and news contribution and syndication.

The offering -- which expands on a year-old partnership -- will initially be comprised of points-of-presence (PoPs) located in the country's largest media centers, such as New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Denver and San Francisco, with fiber interconnects into additional domestic locations. Through a connection to one of Intelsat's Video PoPs on the Level 3 network, broadcasters located in North American media centers will be able to transmit video content to and from other North American cities or global locations.

The network is using Tandberg TV's third generation MPEG-2 gear. Customers will be able to choose from various analog, digital compressed video and HDTV interfaces, as well as the transmission speed of their choice based on their quality requirements.

The network is scheduled for an early 2004 debut.