BT 'completes first phase of Olympics UC deployment'

News Article - Thursday, 10 November 2011 11:19

Category: Connectivity

Telecoms firm BT has launched a new cloud computing-based unified voice network that will keep the various London 2012 Olympics sites connected. The installation is just one part of the company's commitment to delivering converged communications - including video and data transmission - during the prestigious event.

BT's Olympics voice communications network is based on Cisco's Hosted Unified Communications Services solution and will provide "key operational functions" to the various Games sites Currently 25 venues are connected, but this will rise to 94 by the opening ceremony gets underway. Some 16,500 portable devices will connect across the network once it is operational.

Stuart Hill, vice president for central government and London 2012 at BT, said: "As part of making London 2012 the most connected Games ever, our hosted voice services are perfect for London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games because they provide the ability to grow quickly."

The system has been under scrutiny from network experts since May of this year. Around that time, BT struck up a partnership with ZTE Corporation to investigate potential improvements that could be made to unified communications technology - in particular video conferencing solutions.

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