The RSCC put in massive efforts to prepare and ensure high-quality broadcasting of the matches by all those Russian TV channels that were granted a license to provide coverage of the games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Championship in Russia ™. The RSCC’s own ground-based technical facilities were engaged, as well as the assets of its orbital satellite constellation.
At the same time, the Company successfully implemented a set of measures to ensure uninterrupted broadcasting and suppress possible external interference. All operational shifts of the RSCC were augmented by specialists of technical services to eliminate possible emergencies and off-nominal situations on the Company's communication networks.
From June 14 to July 15, 2018, millions of soccer fans watched HD television broadcasts from eleven cities in Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, Volgograd, Saransk, and Kaliningrad. During this period, the RSCC with its partners - FlyCom, MTRK Mir and Uplink Service - were broadcasting events of the Championship, such as interviews with fans, players, live transmissions and post-match reports from fan zones.
On behalf of Channel One, the FlyCom company arranged live coverage and special releases from football stadiums, as well as interviews with players and live broadcasts from the stands. For this purpose, the FlyCom developed a unique mobile receive/ transmit complex based on the chassis of the KAMAZ truck.
The FlyCom company, MTRK Mir and Uplink-Service transmitted their heavy video content using their own mobile stations in the host-cities of the Championship. Broadcasts were conducted through the RSCC’s state-of-the-art Express-AM7 satellite, ensuring stable coverage of the entire European part of Russia and the Urals.
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