Made possible by Inmarsat

Red Bull Content Pool’s first challenge of 2017 is to cover the toughest motorsport race on the planet – the Dakar Rally.

Red Bull is sponsoring teams in the car, motorbike and truck categories, so there will be plenty of action to capture. Once again it is sharing the road with Team Peugeot Total as they look to defend the car race title they secured at the previous edition of the rally. There’s also high expectations for the Red Bull KTM Factory Team and Team Kamaz Master as they look to extend their winning records in the bike and trucks groups respectively.


Fortunately for Red Bull’s content creators, Inmarsat has transformed their multimedia capabilities by keeping them connected no matter where the route takes them, thanks to our reliable satellite network.

To give the team of professional photographers and videographers the greatest flexibility, they’ve been kitted out with an Explorer 325 vehicle BGAN terminal, two compact Explorer 510 BGAN terminals and an Explorer 710 terminal supporting BGAN HDR, Inmarsat’s game-changing high-data-rate service delivering superior video quality. All that plus specialist media software solutions from Inmarsat partner Network Innovations, means they have everything they need to get the stories out, as they happen.

They will also carry robust IsatPhone 2 satellite phones for voice communications and the reassurance of tracking and safety support.

The 10,000km (6,200 mile) motorsport rally through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, at altitudes of up to 3,000 metres (10,000 ft), follows a tortuous route through empty landscapes with little or no terrestrial or mobile coverage.

With competitors’ fortunes turning in an instant, the Red Bull Content Pool team needs to be able to distribute coverage quickly and frequently, which Inmarsat’s reliable satellite network and high speed connectivity enables them to do, no matter where the race takes them.

This year they will be including behind the scenes content and Facebook Live broadcasts for a truly immersive experience.

The Dakar Rally runs from 2-14 January. Follow us on InstagramFacebook and Twitter to see what the latest in mobile satellite communications can deliver.

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