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Avaya gearing up for 2006 FIFA World Cup

Preparations are underway in Germany to ready the converged voice and data infrastructure that will connect local F...


March 24, 2005  


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Preparations are underway in Germany to ready the converged voice and data infrastructure that will connect local FIFA organizers, stadiums, media, officials and thousands of volunteers during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Avaya Inc. announced today.

Avaya is the "official converged communications provider" of the event, which is held every four years.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup will be hosted in twelve cities across Germany including Berlin (final match stadium), Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hanover, Kaiserslautern, Leipzig, Munich (opening
match stadium), Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

A single network based on Avaya Communication Manager traveling over an ATM wide area network (WAN) provided by Deutsche Telecom will connect all the offices, and soon be pressed into play to support the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 in June.

The FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 is considered the final test for some national teams before next year’s big event.

“A bullet-proof communications network is essential for us in the preparation stage and preliminary to make the forthcoming tournaments FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 as well as the 2006 FIFA World Cup — successful,” said Mike Kelly, head of FIFA IT Solution.

Peak time communications associated with FIFA World Cup matches can potentially require 1,000 trunks and 2,500 extensions, an eightfold increase in the number of ports normally required for a football stadium.

Additionally, Avaya will provide converged voice and data infrastructure and applications for the new, 48,000-seat stadium under construction in Frankfurt.

Following installation and testing in May this year, the system’s capabilities will be tested when Frankfurt Waldstadion hosts the opening, final and other matches for the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005.