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Siemens Business Services to provide satellite services to Live8

Siemens Business Services has announced that it will deliver record-breaking satellite services for the largest global live transmission in history – the Live8 concerts - to Live8 Productions and to the BBC.
To ensure this monumental event reaches an estimated two billion TV viewers and one billion radio listeners spanning the entire world, Siemens is providing a staggering 160 MHZ of satellite bandwidth, as well as extensive transmit and receive facilities.
Siemens’ complex solution for Live8 includes connectivity between the five major concert sites, the additional international events, and the BBC’s Television Centre. This connectivity will be provided through both uplink services and satellite space capacity on Intelsat 905 and Atlantic Bird 1 for downlink to the remote sites. Siemens will also be transmitting the UK concerts to the US, and will be taking the world feed and transmitting to Telstar 12 for Europe and feeding to Arqiva to transmit via PanamSat to Asia-Pacific. Siemens and several of its key suppliers are providing the core international connectivity services free of charge for the Live8 project.
“It goes without saying that we are extremely excited to be involved in this landmark event,” said Andy Grant, Delivery Director, Siemens Business Services. “As a key provider of IT, media and communications technology services to the broadcast community, being able to scale up at such short notice for this event and deliver such huge bandwidth levels, is testament to the expertise, services and enviable track record we have at Siemens. Our satellite services are an example of the discrete outsourcing services we provide to media organisations, including the BBC.”

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