Global Crossing has partnered with MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, to provide high-speed, high-capacity connectivity among all 30 Major League ballparks and the MLB.com servers in New York City, allowing the league to distribute live streaming video and other information to its online subscriber base.
The Global Crossing Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) enables MLB.com’s subscribers to watch a full season of 2,430 live games – in high-definition (HD) video quality – and to have real-time access to baseball news, statistics, in-game video highlights and other information about their favorite teams and players on their computers and mobile devices.
Global Crossing’s Converged IP Services allow MLB.com to deliver these services over Global Crossing’s global, IP-based Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network with the benefit of agreed service level parameters.
"Adopting managed services allows us to focus our internal resources on core competencies while servicing day-to-day requirements through technology delivered as a service," said Joe Choti, chief technology officer, MLB.com, in a statement. "We selected Global Crossing because they were able to deliver the bandwidth and scalability we needed while being continuously accessible and meeting a number of significant challenges."
Global Crossing installed 155 Mbps fiber optic access loops at each ballpark and a 2.5Gbps access loop in New York to allow connection to Global Crossing’s network.