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NBA, Avaya to deliver portable ‘Event-in-a-Box’ wireless network at All-Star game

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Avaya Inc. have teamed-up to develop a portable wireless network that...


February 7, 2003  


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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Avaya Inc. have teamed-up to develop a portable wireless network that the league will utilize during this Sunday’s NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta.

The network, called Event-in-a-Box, will enable instant courtside access to Internet and business applications for NBA staff and journalists.

“Our communications capabilities are vital to the NBA,” said Michael Gliedman, the league’s chief information officer. “The wireless network will allow us to fully maximize our resources and provide staff and media from around the world easy and instant access to our wireless network during the (game)

Leading up to the game, an Avaya Global Services team worked with the NBA IT team through a full cycle of needs assessment, design and deployment. The teams collaborated to IP-enable the NBA’s voice servers, so in the event that NBA staff needs an area of a hotel that isn’t wired for voice, it is a simple matter of running a data line into that area for IP Hard Phones.

During the NBA All-Star 2003, the Avaya Global Services team will be on-site to ensure that the NBA’s expectation of zero-tolerance downtime is met.

“Our collaborative relationship with the NBA is delivering the uptime and cost-savings for efficient and reliable communications on the road or at home,” said Lou D’Ambrosio, group vice president, Worldwide Services, Avaya.

The network, which was jointly developed by the NBA and Avaya, will provide the NBA with VPN and wireless gear such as concentrators, wireless access points and client cards (802.11a and 802.11b) that will enable access to Internet and business applications through a portable, secure, and reliable wireless local area network (LAN).


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