Contract is to provide data and voice networks for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend festival
Voice and data network provider Pinnacle Technology has been awarded a contract to provide data connectivity for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend festival.
The Stirling-based company, formerly Pinnacle Telecom, will provide fibre data links for broadcast across BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra and TV channel BBC Three, which will be the largest ever event broadcast over IP technology.
Previously, BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend - the UK's biggest free-ticketed festival – has been broadcast using satellite services.
Alan Bonner, chief executive of Pinnacle, said: "It's great to be delivering BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend again, the largest event ever broadcast over IP technology.
“Our ability to deliver mission critical secure data circuits for broadcast coverage for such complex and high profile events is testament to the complex IP skills and knowledge within the enlarged Pinnacle organisation and just one area in which we are now consistently out-performing our peers.
“With a comprehensive product suite and a large customer base providing solid recurring revenue, we continue to view the future with confidence."
Pinnacle said IP broadcast solutions are proving increasingly attractive as they can be run at significantly reduced costs compared with traditional satellite solutions.
This latest contract win with the BBC takes the total number of contracts delivered by Pinnacle to around 150 since the turn of the current financial year.
Events covered by Pinnacle so far this year include Trooping the Colour, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Grand National, Strictly Come Dancing, the London Marathon and the Scottish and Welsh elections.
Pinnacle also provided the BBC, CNN and Globecast with secure data connections for the recent Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.