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Voice, data network at FIFA World Cup scored a 99.999

The network used for the FIFA World Cup in Germany carried over 21 trillion bytes of data and achieved 99.999% avai...


July 12, 2006  


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The network used for the FIFA World Cup in Germany carried over 21 trillion bytes of data and achieved 99.999% availability without a single major outage and free of errors, according to Avaya Inc.

The company said a total of 21,126 terabytes of voice and data traffic was transferred over its network between May 15, when it became operational, and July 10. During that time, people logged on to the converged communications network approximately 642,538 times and made 364,395 phone calls on the network, which represents 789,810 minutes of calling time.

On the day of the final match between France and Italy, 111,150 MB of data traffic traveled over the network, 55,037 people logged on to the converged network and 3,456 phone calls were made, representing 6,217 minutes of calling time.

The Avaya network, which combined voice and data on the same infrastructure, connected the 12 host stadiums, the stadium media centres, and the FIFA headquarters in Berlin.

The company deployed an estimated 650 wireless access, 1,000 switches at the edge of the network and 38 core data switches.

In addition to conducting more than 4,000 tests at the company’s FIFA World Cup lab in Frankfurt, Avaya commissioned Netconsult Online Ltd., an independent company specializing in quality control and assurance, to validate network test results.

Tests included failover scenarios, back-up power, firmware and software compatibility and the resiliency of the various IP applications.