International network operator glbc won its own slice of Major League Baseball traffic. According to an announcement this morning, the company will be providing high-speed, high-capacity connectivity among all 30 Major League ballparks as well as to the MLB.com servers themselves in New York City. They will therefore be a substantial part of the infrastructure that MLB will use to deliver its 2,430 live games this year plus access to stats and other data to online subscribers.
Major League Baseball is obviously not putting all its eggs in one basket, as competitor Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) also recently announced a contract for high speed internet and colocation services in support the sports league’s network operations. For Global Crossing though, this is a rather interesting domestic contract win of the sort we don’t see that much of, as they are usually strongest with the multinationals. It’s quite interesting to consider who MLB isn’t going with for their managed data service needs, i.e. the big boys.
As to the specifics, Global Crossing has installed 155Mbps fiber loops at each ballpark and a 2.5 Gbps loop in NYC. As Global Crossing doesn’t have a major metro footprint in most US cities, presumably they are leasing some of the metro transport needed. Their IP VPN and converged IP services are then used to handle the intercity connectivity across their MPLS backbone.
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