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Ericsson solutions for EBU Olympics coverage

October 11, 2011

Ericsson is bringing the 2012 London Olympic Games to a global audience of almost five billion after supplying the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with solutions for the delivery of coverage of the event, and other future sporting occasions, to broadcasters around the world.

This premium global sports content will be distributed to EBU members and other rights holders across the globe over both satellite and fibre networks in MPEG-2 standard definition or MPEG-4 AVC 4:2:2 HD using nearly 1000 Ericsson RX8200 professional receivers, part of the company’s contribution and distribution portfolio. This extends the relationship between the EBU and the Ericsson team, which has previously provided the EBU with solutions for major sporting occasions including the 2008 Games in Beijing, Tour De France, Wimbledon and European football.

The EBU operates a global satellite and fibre network out of Geneva, Switzerland, covering all of Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. The requirements of the broadcasters that it serves for differing equipment configurations and the many and varied ways in which receivers are used are driving the need for a flexible receiver platform. The Ericsson RX8200 Advanced Modular Receiver has been designed to precisely meet these requirements.

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