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Avaya Gears Up Organizers and Stadiums for 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany

03-24-2005

Preparations are underway in Germany to ready the converged voice and data infrastructure that will connect local FIFA organizers, stadiums, media, officials and thousands of volunteers during the 2006 FIFA World Cup

Preparations are underway in Germany to ready the converged voice and data infrastructure that will connect local FIFA organizers, stadiums, media, officials and thousands of volunteers during the 2006 FIFA World Cup , Avaya announced today. Avaya Inc., (NYSE:AV) is a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services, and the official converged communications provider of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup will be hosted in twelve cities across Germany including: Berlin (final match stadium), Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hanover, Kaiserslautern, Leipzig, Munich (opening match stadium), Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

With Avaya converged solutions already in place in half of 2006 FIFA German Local Organizing Committee (LOC) venue offices, the remaining six sites will be completed over the next month. A single network based on Avaya Communication Manager travelling over an ATM wide area network (WAN) provided by Deutsche Telecom will connect all the offices, and soon be pressed into play to support the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 in June. The FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 is considered the final test for some national teams before next year's big event.

"A bullet-proof communications network is essential for us in the preparation stage and preliminary to make the forthcoming tournaments - FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 as well as the 2006 FIFA World Cup - successful," said Mike Kelly, Head of FIFA IT Solution. "Avaya already has a time-tested record in provisioning the right products and allocating the best skilled people for processing even the most complex of tasks, including the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women's World Cup 2003. As a result, we continue to trust Avaya's solution as the best foundation for a state-of-the-art converged communications infrastructure. The solutions in place fully serve our current needs and will also fulfill our longer-term requirements for becoming a central component of the new network deployed in 2006."

Avaya is also gearing up communications at several of the stadiums to support the event. In 2003, Avaya installed a converged communications network at the Cologne stadium that will easily expand to meet the voice and data requirements to host the world's largest sporting event. Peak time communications associated with FIFA World Cup matches can potentially require 1,000 trunks and 2,500 extensions, an eightfold increase in the number of ports normally required for a football stadium.

Additionally, Avaya will provide converged voice and data infrastructure and applications for the new, 48,000-seat stadium under construction in Frankfurt. Following installation and testing in May this year, the system's capabilities will be tested when Frankfurt Waldstadion hosts the opening, final and other matches for the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005.

"Following the smooth running of the communications networks during the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan , Avaya has clearly demonstrated its ability to deliver seamless converged communications on the world stage," said Doug Gardner, managing director of Avaya's FIFA World Cup program. "We have already completed an installation at Cologne Stadium and are excited about working on this new construction project in Frankfurt, and the role it will have in the 2006 FIFA World Cup ."

In each stadium, the critical network components will be fully duplicated to secure the highest availability of the converged communication network even in case of outages. This allows for uninterrupted, efficient communications for German Organizing Committee employees, FIFA staff, as well as suppliers and German Stadia operators. Journalists reporting on the 2006 FIFA World Cup , will have a highly reliable and resilient network over which they may access match information and transmit stories and photos.

Notes:

  • Avaya converged voice and data infrastructure and applications supporting offices and stadiums may include: Avaya Communication Manager, powering Avaya S8700 Media Servers, Avaya G650 Media Gateways, Avaya Network Infrastructure Switches, Wireless Access Points and IP Devices.
  • During the 2002 FIFA World Cup , Avaya's network provided voice and data services for groups such as the media, the 32 final teams and every stadium across two countries. This included 120,000 connections and 40,000 endpoints among 20 stadiums.
  • For the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, following a late change in host countries due to the SARs virus, Avaya equipped six U.S. stadia and LOC offices with the necessary communications to support the events.
  • Contracts for the Cologne and Frankfurt stadiums are not part of Avaya's sponsorship of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and were won in conjunction with Deutsche Telekom.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500 ®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

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