IGBS ramps up AWG preparations


With just over two weeks remaining before the Opening Ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games Astana-Almaty 2011, International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) is pleased to report that its host broadcast operations for the event are going full steam ahead.

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Almaty was officially opened earlier this week, on 10 January, marking the symbolic start of IGBS’ event-time period, but dozens of experienced IGBS staff members have been based in Kazakhstan for months, working in close collaboration with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Astana-Almaty Asian Winter Games Organising Committee (AWAGOC) in order to develop and implement a broadcast plan of unprecedented scale and ambition. Over the last few weeks, hundreds of additional personnel have joined the “locals” at the IBC and at the ten venues in order to receive event-specific training and put the finishing touches on the preparations.

The host broadcast of the 7th Asian Winter Games will include all 11 sports as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, with between 13 and 32 High Definition 16:9 cameras covering every event. IGBS has contracted over 800 staff members for the event, gathering broadcast industry veterans from all over the globe, including around 100 local hires. These staff members are working in rotating shifts, allowing for true 24/7 operations over the course of the Games.

As always, it is IGBS’ intention to build on the experience gained from its previous host broadcasting projects to raise the bar still higher. This objective is reflected in the company’s considered implementation of technological innovations as well as its methodical recruitment of experts in each of the specific domains involved in its operations.

  • 11 sports
  • 10 venues
  • 8 days of official competition
  • Over 800 IGBS staff
  • Between 13 and 32 HD 16:9 cameras per event
  • Approx. 2,600 flights
  • Approx. 130 tonnes of equipment shipped into Kazakhstan
  • 2,050 m2 IBC in Almaty (which involved 49 days of 24/7 construction)
  • 362 m2 of unilateral space and 720 m2 of multilateral space custom-built

A note on the contractual environment of the 7th Asian Winter Games Astana-Almaty 2011 host broadcast:

AWAGOC initially contracted SsangYong Information & Communications Corp (SICC) for the provision of data, graphics and host broadcast services at the event. SICC, which has been successfully involved in several international sport events, including a previous partnership with IGBS at the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, then contracted this latter function to IGBS.