Avaya Deploys Virtualised Service Network at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

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Avaya becomes first Winter Olympic Games to deploy a virtualized service network, based on Avaya Fabric Connect for speed, simplicity and reliabilityfirst Olympic Games to leverage IP multicast to deliver 36 HD TV video channels retransmitting live coverage to all major Olympic Family venues. Athletes, fans, media, officials and volunteers have descended on Sochi, where organizers anticipate the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to be the most connected Olympic Winter Games in history. As the Official Supplier of Network Equipment to Sochi 2014, Avaya is providing a full communications experience to more than 40,000 Olympic Family members while interconnecting 11 competition venues, three Olympic Villages, Media Centers, Celebration Centers, Data Centers and Technology Operating Centers.

This is expected to be the largest Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Olympics, and the Avaya network will support an anticipated 120,000 mobile devices at any given time. Fueling the demand for wireless connectivity is the fact that for the first time in Olympic Games history, all accredited media will have free access to high speed WiFi services. The Avaya network will provide fast and secure connectivity for mobile devices based on the user's log-in credentials.

This is also the first Winter Games to leverage network virtualization - helping the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee to raise the bar in terms of simplicity, reliability and speed. The Avaya Fabric Connect technology has enabled the design and deployment of the Sochi Olympic network within a short timeframe and will also help deliver faster resolution to any issues that might occur. The agility of this technology makes it a formidable tool to manage to the ever-changing, dynamic Olympic Games environment - enabling any last minute move or change request to be completed quickly and without risk. The Avaya solution can also easily accommodate sudden spikes in network capacity - which is common for high profile competition events.

Sochi will also deploy Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) technology to distribute 36 HD video channels to each Olympic venue. Due to the unique ability of the Avaya Fabric Connect technology to distribute video with increased reliability and scale over traditional networking technologies, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee was able to save money and simplify operations by being able to leverage a common network for voice, data and IPTV services.

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