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Avaya readies networks for FIFA Women’s World Cup

With the opening kick of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 less than four weeks away, Avaya Global Services engin...

August 25, 2003  

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With the opening kick of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 less than four weeks away, Avaya Global Services engineers are scrambling to configure, test and stage the more than 10,000 pounds of network equipment that will support the tournament.

Once in place, the networks will allow organizers to report match results, manage tournament logistics, meet the communication needs of an international press corps, and accredit thousands of players, staff and volunteers.

The schedule couldn’t be tighter. Network requirements for the tournament were just finalized last month after the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) decided to move the tournament from China to the United States as a precautionary measure against the SARS virus, selecting six new stadium sites.

Networks had to be redesigned quickly to accommodate existing systems and configurations and to deliver consistent communications at the six stadiums and FIFA’s tournament headquarters with the event looming close.

“Staging the networks in our Avaya Global Services Network Operations Centre is the linchpin in our plan,” said Doug Gardner, Avaya managing director for the FIFA World Cup Technical Program.

“This strategy gives us a chance to test all the components and resolve unforeseen issues before we deploy systems to the field.”

For the St. Petersburg, Fla. centre, the home to Avaya networking engineers, to test and stage the networks for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, 47 pallets of equipment for the tournament had to be transported to the 100,000 square-foot facility.

Kevin Shiller, operations manager in charge of staging and remote installation support for Avaya Global Services in St. Petersburg, organized the team of Avaya technicians tackling the mountain of network gear.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup networks will include hundreds of components, including Avaya IP-based communication systems and software, data switches and routers, wireless equipment, security gateways and a variety of existing equipment.

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