F1: ROKiT Williams Racing enters global partnership with Tata Communications
ROKiT Williams Racing has announced a global partnership with Tata Communications. The team has announced the Indian company as their Official Digital Transformation Partner. Tata Communications will provide digital infrastructure to allow real-time data transfer between the pit garage at all races, and the team's factory in the UK.
Tata Communications has been involved in Formula 1 for seven seasons now, providing network, hosting, broadcasting and security services to the sport. As per a press release from Williams, the infrastructure includes a "superfast subsea fibre network that carries around 30 per cent of the world's Internet routes."
Williams Racing and Tata Communications have entered a partnership for the 2019 season
"Tata Communications plays a central role in all areas of Formula One - arguably the most challenging technology environment there is," said Claire Williams, deputy team principal, ROKiT Williams Racing. "We've chosen Tata Communications as our new partner because of its deep understanding of the Formula One ecosystem and its unique technology requirements, and the company's 'whatever it takes' attitude to support our team. We know we can trust Tata Communications to deliver at every race weekend, anywhere in the world."
Meanwhile, Mehul Kapadia, managing director, Tata Communications, said, "Since 2012, Tata Communications' role in Formula One has continued to grow, and we're incredibly proud to now work with one of the most iconic teams in the paddock. Our aim is to unleash the full potential of digital transformation in live sports by enabling organisations like ROKiT Williams Racing to harness the power of our technology capabilities."
Tata Communications has similar roles in sports beyond Formula 1 - where they have been an Official Connectivity Provider since 2012 - including MotoGP and the European Tour.