Tata Communications completes acquisition of The Switch

Indian service provider Tata Communications has announced it has finalised the $56.8 million acquisition of the live video production and transmission platform The Switch Enterprises.

Through its wholly owned international subsidiary Tata Communications (Netherlands), the company struck an agreement with New York-headquartered The Switch to acquire 100% equity stake at the end of the last year.

The Switch’s comprehensive production platform combines mobile and remote services to enable its customers to cost-effectively capture, edit and package high-quality live coverage. The Switch’s delivery network connects production facilities with more than 800 of the world’s largest content producers, distributors, and sports and event venues, linking rights holders, broadcasters, streaming platforms, media outlets and web services.

“Immersive video experiences in real-time are going to be the next game changer for enterprises, and our combined expertise will make for a formidable force creating shared value for all,” said Tri Pham, chief strategy officer, Tata Communications. “We’re gearing to bring more powerful platforms for sports federations and broadcasters to help them deliver fast-paced, always-on and interactive entertainment forms for viewers across borders. We’re extremely pleased to welcome The Switch team to Tata Communications.”

Dhaval Ponda, global head of media & entertainment business, Tata Communications added, “Tata Communications and The Switch are now a powerhouse with the combination of live production capabilities, global edge platform dedicated for media & entertainment industry along with end-to-end managed services. These are exciting times in the world of video production for us to make a difference for enterprises and engage consumers. Together, we are leveraging the expertise of both companies to bring some never-before-known experiences for fans globally – whether they are playing esports, watching a live tournament or live streaming a concert. We welcome and wish our colleagues from The Switch all the very best for their future.”

Eric Cooney, president & CEO, The Switch said, “The Switch is a market leader offering live production and transmission services to hundreds of customers in the United States and abroad. This acquisition by Tata Communications is a key milestone in our growth journey and enables us to expand our horizons. Together with Tata Communications, we are excited to step up our customers’ growth journeys, enhance viewer experiences and expand globally.

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