Ooredoo and Al Jazeera Media Network have announced the signing of a major new agreement for the development of a global media cloud.
Ooredoo will build and develop a global broadcast and communication infrastructure that will connect Al Jazeera’s main hubs in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and Africa, as well as linking various bureaus around the world.
The agreement, one of the largest and most significant implementations ever announced by a broadcaster, was unveiled at a ceremony attended by Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani, Chairman of Al Jazeera Media Network, and Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman of Ooredoo.
The proposed cloud, which will feature world-class connectivity and enable Al Jazeera to share video, reports and breaking news instantly with colleagues around the world, will be built using capacity on international fiber optic cables incorporating geographical diversity and resilience.
The cloud will also enable Al Jazeera’s global bureaus to prepare content for broadcast on Al Jazeera news channels from any of their offices worldwide.
The cloud will be based on a mix of SDH and MPLS technologies. While the SDH network will provide high capacity synchronised circuits for critical video services, the MPLS network will provide cost effective circuits for medium priority services.
“Al Jazeera is a globally-recognised brand, and Ooredoo is proud to be building infrastructure that will enable the company to take its coverage to the next level,” said Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman of Ooredoo. “In winning this competitive bid against some of the world’s largest technology companies, we are showing that Ooredoo is a world-class provider of cutting-edge business solutions.”
Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani, Al Jazeera’s Chairman, added: “One of Al Jazeera Media Network’s objectives is to become a world class network operation. This global media cloud project and initiative will help the network achieve this goal by bringing the journalists and editorial workforce on a common communication platform.”