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NBA and Avaya Team Up to Deliver Portable "Event-in-a-Box" WirelessNetwork For NBA All-Star 2003

02-06-2003
  • Provides Instant Courtside Access for Secure and ReliableInternet Access and Office Applications

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV),a leading global provider of communications networks and servicesfor businesses, today announced that Avaya has teamed-up with theNBA to assist in the development and implementation of a portablewireless network, "Event-in-a-Box," that the league will utilizeduring NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Avaya Inc.(NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of communications networks andservices for businesses, today announced that Avaya has teamed-upwith the NBA to assist in the development and implementation of aportable wireless network, "Event-in-a-Box," that the league willutilize during NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta.

The Event-in-a-Box wireless network will enable instantcourtside access to Internet and business applications for NBAstaff and journalists. Since all components have been pre-testedand pre-wired, the Event-in-a-Box network has saved more than aweek of set up and testing time for NBA All-Star 2003 because theportable network travels to the venue, is plugged into existingconnectivity and used immediately.

"Our communications capabilities are vital to the NBA," saidMichael Gliedman, Chief Information Officer at the NBA. "TheEvent-in-a-Box wireless network will allow us to fully maximize ourresources and provide NBA staff and media from around the worldeasy and instant access to our wireless network during the NBAAll-Star in Atlanta."

Leading up to NBA All-Star, the Avaya Global Services teamworked with the NBA IT team through a full cycle of needsassessment, design and deployment. The teams collaborated toIP-enable the NBA⬢s voice servers, so in the event that NBA staffneeds an area of a hotel that isn⬢t wired for voice it is a simplematter of running a data line into that area for IP Hard Phones.During the NBA All-Star 2003, the Avaya Global Services team willbe on-site to ensure that the NBA⬢s expectation of zero-tolerancedowntime is met.

"Our collaborative relationship with the NBA is delivering theuptime and cost-savings for efficient and reliable communicationson the road or at home," said Lou D⬢Ambrosio, group vice president,Worldwide Services, Avaya. "As a proven leader, the NBA is alwayson the cusp of new and innovative technological advances and AvayaGlobal Services is a single point of accountability for designing,building and managing the networks they need."

The Event-in-a-Box wireless network developed by the NBA andAvaya, will provide the NBA with VPN and wireless gear such asconcentrators, wireless access points and client cards (802.11a and802.11b) that will enable access to internet and businessapplications through a portable, secure, and reliable wirelesslocal area network (LAN).

About the NBA
Since its founding in 1946, the NBA has become a global phenomenonthat transcends national boundaries. With 29 teams in the UnitedStates and Canada, NBA games and related programming are broadcastto 212 countries in 42 languages. The NBA is one of the largestsuppliers of sports television and Internet programming in theworld. Through NBA Entertainment, the league's award-winningproduction and programming pision, the league produces NBA TV, a24-hour television network, weekly television shows, and exclusivecontent for each of the NBA's team web sites, and the league'sofficial sites, NBA.com, WNBA.com and NBDL.com. The league has alsocontinued its partnerships with the leading Internet content andtechnology providers to bring the game experience even closer toits fans worldwide. For more information on the NBA, visit www.nba.com

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results. For moreinformation visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com.

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