Reseller Pinnacle will supply BBC International and its world media partners with the resilient fibre connections; microwave backup links, analogue and ISDN connectivity and voice services, to enable worldwide broadcast coverage of the 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The BBC will offer international broadcasters from around the world the Stratford Broadcast Tower; a 22-storey building
situated at the edge of the Olympic Park with commanding views overlooking the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre
and the Orbit Tower.
Pinnacle will also supply IP telephone switchboards, telephone handsets and data connections to Stratford Broadcast
Tower’s offices, studios and production crews for the world’s media.
Commenting on the agreement Jamie Hindhaugh, BBC Head of Production 2012 said, “Pinnacle Telecom Group plc
have been supplying the BBC with short-term data connectivity and telecoms solutions for some time now, the services
that Pinnacle will provide at The Stratford Broadcast Tower will enable each international broadcaster to have their own
data, telecoms and switchboard services for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Alan Bonner, CEO of Pinnacle Telecom Group plc said, “We have been negotiating this unique opportunity for a long
time and are therefore delighted to announce that Pinnacle will provide data, voice and connectivity services for the BBC
and its worldwide international broadcasting partners at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Through our agreement with Atos, our interconnect agreements with CMC and other international data carriers, Pinnacle
will enable the BBC and its International broadcast partners at the London Olympics Stratford Broadcast Tower, to have
direct point-to-point fibre connections to most capital cities around the world. Pinnacle will deliver the transmission of
Olympic and Paralympic Games broadcast images and sound, direct to the broadcaster’s own country for editing and retransmission
around the world.
In the last two years, Pinnacle has continually proven its capability by the successful delivery of voice and data networks
for many of the BBC’s high profile events, these include the 2010 UK General Election, the Pope’s UK visit and last
year’s Royal Wedding. However, with an expected global television audience in excess of 4 billion viewers, the Olympic
and Paralympic Games is by far Pinnacle’s biggest single event to date and further demonstrates our capability to
handle larger and more complex projects.”