The Tokyo Olympics took place in Japan from 23 July to 8 August 2021 and Net Insight provided international connectivity, Ethernet and Internet services, between Tokyo and several international PoPs (Point of Presence). Furthermore, delivering event support including onsite support and monitoring of Net Insight technology at the IBC, International Broadcast Center, before and during the Summer Games for several customers.

The 2020 Games were the fourth Olympic Games to be held in Japan, following the Tokyo 1964 (Summer), Sapporo 1972 (Winter), and Nagano 1998 (Winter) games. And Tokyo was the first city in Asia to hold the Summer Games twice.

Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the host broadcaster of the Olympic Games, acts as the storytellers of the Games, delivering the images and sounds that captivate billions of viewers worldwide. For Tokyo 2020, OBS again pushed the boundaries of Olympic broadcasting by producing 30 percent more content than in Rio in 2016, in more formats, to assist the world’s broadcasters in bringing the Games to more devices and platforms, and through more channels than ever before. Read more about OBS and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the Media Guide here.

Read more about the move to UHD, HDR, IP, and immersive audio at the Summer Games from CTO Sotiris Salamouris at OBS in this SVG interview.
In this article, SVG Europe shares facts and figures for TV coverage of the world’s biggest multi-sport show.

“Net Insight is known for our reliable media transport platform as we never lose any packets, something that is crucial during a mission-critical event as the Olympics,” says Soon Ann Neo, Technical Sales Engineer at Net Insight, who is now back with his family in Singapore after supporting broadcaster transmission networks at the IBC for over 40 days.

“This is my first time working at the Olympics. I am proud to see that our products were running very well during the event and were appreciated by our customers,” says Ahmad Mustafa, Support Engineer at Net Insight, “Previously I’ve been at the Asian Games in Indonesia, but this is so much bigger.”

Soon Ann and Ahmad had to stay in quarantine for two weeks in a hotel in Singapore after arriving back home from Tokyo.

Mats Sjögren, customer success engineer at Net Insight, has a long experience from working at the Olympic Games, “My first Summer Olympics was in London 2012 and since then, including Tokyo, I’ve supported customers during three Summer Games and two Winter Games. This time was of course very different compared to previous Games due to Covid-19 and all restrictions.” “I was lucky to be able to watch the Pole Vault final when Sweden’s Armand Duplantis won the Gold medal, that was fantastic.”

One customer utilizing their Net Insight Nimbra solution during the Olympics was the Spanish broadcaster RTVE. All signals and a myriad of technical services between Tokyo and Madrid or Barcelona were channeled via their Nimbra nodes. Those were linked by OBS in two separate 1G Ethernet bidirectional channels to the POPs in London and Frankfurt.  From those POPs to the RTVE center in Madrid, the 1G trunks were handled by Eurovision Services (EBU) via their Nimbra-based FiNE network. The signals with international audio coming from Tokyo were channeled to several newsrooms where different specialists provided commentary on them, generating a video signal with comments in Spanish.

Read more in the extensive article covering RTVE’s technical operation during Tokyo 2020 in TM Broadcast here.

Another Net Insight customer, ZDF used a hybrid set up at the German National Broadcast Centre and received all signals using Nimbra technology for long distance media networking. Read more in the SVG article here.

Gravity Media had the privilege to facilitate the Seven Network’s coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games & Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Watch this behind-the-scenes video how Gravity Media was able to tackle the most complicated sporting broadcast in the world utilizing their Nimbra-based network.

A selection of other customers using Nimbras during the event were Globecast, MTI, SRG SSR, and RTÉ (Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster) as well as customers in South Korea and China, among them CCTV, bringing sports broadcasts to the viewers.

It’s been an amazing summer with breathtaking sports moments performed by over 11,000 athletes and we at Net Insight are proud to have been part of it, #ARIGATO Japan!

Now we’re planning for and looking forward to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games taking place on February 4 to 20, 2022, read more here.