Nortel wins Olympic contract

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited (LOCOG) has selected Nortel to supply the network infrastructure for the 2012 Games.

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The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited (LOCOG) has selected Nortel to supply the network infrastructure for the 2012 Games.

Nortel will be responsible for delivering the entire communications infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic Games to connect 15,000 athletes from 205 international sporting organisations, 20,000 world-wide media, 7,000 volunteers and over nine million spectators over the two-week event. This includes 10G metro networks, phone handsets, application software, Wide Area Networks (WANs), wireless Local Area Networks (LANs), voice, date, security and IP phones.

Nortel will be the equipment supplier and work closely with BT, which is a tier one sponsor and the official communications services partner for the London 2012 Games. BT will manage the voice and data networks for the 2012 games and provide all communications services — including those for the workforce, venues, athletes, national Olympic committees and the media.

Dave Johnson, general manager for Olympic programmes, Nortel said the environmental credentials of Nortel were instrumental in winning the contract.

"Sustainability was one of the key focuses for LOCOG," said Johnson. "Green is one of the key pillars of their sustainability programme."

Johnsons said the design of Nortel products is integral to its sustainability credentials, with reliability, resiliency and efficiency as well as lower power consumption inherent "from cradle to grave" in the design processes.

Nortel's Enterprise Solutions President Joel Hackney would not disclose financial details of the award but said they would "not have a material impact" on Nortel's enterprise business.

"It's more perception strengthening," he said. "It's like building a network for a Fortune 100 company," he added.

The Games will host 26 Olympic sports in 34 venues, as well as 20 Paralympic sports in 21 venues.

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Jim Duffy of NetworkWorld contributed to this story

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