Swisscom selects Media Links for EURO 2008 HD contribution network

Swisscom will use the MD6000 video transport system from Media Links, a provider of HD video transport solutions, to handle its contract with UEFA and provide live feeds of the 2008 European Football Championships. The games will be held in Switzerland and Austria in June 2008.

Swisscom will be responsible for the contribution network in Switzerland and will support the delivery of video and audio signals during the tournament. Swisscom’s broadcast division will deploy the Media Links equipment at each of the stadiums to guarantee uninterrupted transmission of HD video images from the stadiums in Switzerland to UEFA’s International Broadcast Center in Vienna.

Media Links will supply its MD6000 system to transmit uncompressed HD signals over a 10Gb/s protected STM-64 network and to handle all of the SD signals.

The MD6000 system uses Media Links’ Hitless Protection Switching technology to ensure the reliable delivery of uninterrupted video signals, even if the underlying SONET/SDH or IP network suffers a momentary outage or a 50ms protection switch. By using redundant paths, and performing a packet-by-packet comparison of the incoming signals, the MD6000 can prevent minor or major network faults from impacting valuable video signals.

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