Avaya earns telecom bid for 2014 Olympics

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Avaya earns telecom bid for 2014 Olympics
Ever wonder how thousands of fans and athletes have mobile phone service and Internet access at a huge event like the Olympics? How do thousands of Facebook updates, Twitter statuses and news articles get posted in real time with videos and pictures of the days’ events? For the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Avaya has been chosen to make this high level of communication happen for both fans and athletes. Late last year, Avaya announced that was named the official supplier of network equipment for the 2014 Olympic Games. Avaya will be a part of the overall Games technology solutions group. The company will provide network, collaboration and communications equipment and work with other technology partners to provide athletes, dignitaries and fans worldwide a full communications experience around the Olympic Games. This includes all technology solutions and communication equipment required to create a single Games telecommunication infrastructure, which will integrate the competition venues, press centers and the Olympic Village. The solution includes data transfer equipment, including switches, routers and information security systems, as well as communication equipment, such as telephone and contact center systems. Avaya experts will design and test the systems together with other Sochi 2014 technology partners. The 2014 Olympics has the potential to offer more personalized insight and first-hand news than any event in history. With so many witnesses taking their own photos and videos, as well as offering updates and commentary, a significant communications infrastructure is absolutely necessary to keep communications flowing – and to make the rest of the world witnesses to the events. “During preparation for the Sochi Winter Games, we will rely upon innovations and the use of advanced high-tech and innovative approaches,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. “The partnership with Avaya is an excellent example. The development of state-of-the-art telecommunication solutions is one of the key challenges in the Games preparation. Avaya’s experience, scale and technology innovations assure us that this work will be performed according to the highest quality standards.” This year’s Olympics will be acting as a technology hub for social media communications. Tweets, video posts, video phone calls, picture messaging—all will pulsate through the competition site. “We are happy that the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has included Avaya in the 2014 Games Vendor list,” said Joel Hackney, Avaya’s senior vice president of global sales and marketing and president of field operations. “We are eager to use our experience, innovations and expertise to assist in the organization and management of this world-class Olympic event,” Hackney added. “We proved our capabilities and delivered the first converged ‘All IP’ network in Olympic Games history in Vancouver 2010, and now we will expand on this accomplishment to bring a new era of collaboration and innovation to the Olympic Games in 2014.”
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