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Avaya Scores Winner with Best Ever Network Performance for FIFAConfederations Cup Germany 2005

07-11-2005

Avaya announced that its converged communications network, whichhas been powering operations at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 inGermany for the past three weeks, has delivered extremely highlevels of performance, reliability and security.Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, today announced that its converged communications network, which has been powering operations at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 in Germany for the past three weeks, has delivered extremely high levels of performance, reliability and security. The fully converged voice and data network hardware will also be used and expanded for the 2006 FIFA World Cup .

By the end of the tournament, which culminated on the 29th June providing victory to Brazil, the network had carried 9.1 terabytes; equivalent to 91 million books, or enough data to include the complete set of volumes contained in the European Union Central Library more than 200 times.

In addition to achieving the above network performance measures, Avaya has simultaneously managed and implemented the converged communications network for the FIFA World Youth Championship and its organising committee NeXXT2005, which took place on the 2nd and 3rd of July in the Netherlands. The Avaya IP Office solution was implemented at 60 workstations across six stadiums and was linked to the organisation's head office, enabling employees to work faster, experience significant cost savings and have access to improved communications applications when managing the tournament.

The high levels of data traffic experienced at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 event were 141 per cent more than a large international corporation might handle on any given day. For example, a large banking institution averages 100-200 Gigabytes per day through its entire Asia Pacific network, while the FIFA Confederation Cup network averaged about 360 Gigabytes per day. In addition to delivering a high level of network performance, data transmission speeds were faster than those achieved via a standard converged network with a delay of less than 15 milliseconds. This was made possible through the careful planning and optimisation undertaken on the FIFA Confederations Cup network.

Notable statistical analysis of the network's performance includes:

  • The network carried more than 50,000 IP-based voice calls during the tournament. By using a converged network, FIFA expected to make a 20 percent saving on the costs of voice communications compared to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2001.
  • 5000 devices connected to the network over 1505 access points during the tournament.
  • The network was highly reliable. Of the 9.1 terabytes of information routed through the network, 99.99 per cent were successfully transmitted as Avaya reported a packet loss of less than 0.001 per cent. This is the equivalent of a single comma missing from a national broadsheet daily newspaper. Furthermore, data packets were delivered at the highest speed ever seen in a network used at a major sporting event. Jitter, which affects the quality of voice and data transmitted over the network, was minimal.
  • There was no downtime in the network from the first kick of the opening match on 15th June to the final whistle of the last game on 29th June.
  • The network handled more than 20,000 accreditations for the FIFA Confederations Cup including media, players, Officials from FIFA, Local Organizing Committee and from the government as well as security.

In addition, approximately 28,000 RFID (radio frequency identification) chipped tickets were used by spectators on 29th June, the day of the final game. The RFID message from the stadium's turnstiles to the ticket management system passed over the Avaya network. This is the first time that FIFA has used RFID chipped tickets and following the system's success, RFID will also be used for ticketing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup .

Don Peterson, CEO of Avaya comments: "We have been able to use our experience of delivering enterprise-class converged networks to large corporations and to other FIFA events over the past five years, to develop a state of the art converged network for this tournament. FIFA utilised the FIFA Confederations Cup this year as a test platform for all its processes and operations in advance of next year's FIFA World Cup. Our network hardware has performed outstandingly, proving our capabilities in this area once again.

"FIFA is extremely pleased with the success of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 to date," said Mike Kelly, Head of IT Solution at FIFA. "Once again, Avaya has proved that its converged technology enables us to manage communications aspects of our expertise - the world of football. The smooth running of operations has vastly contributed to the delivery of a highly entertaining tournament. Together Avaya and FIFA have created a very credible basis for the 2006 FIFA World Cup infrastructure and we are looking forward to working with them even more closely over the next year."

Avaya has been a partner of FIFA since 2001 and is the Official Convergence Communication Provider for the 2006 FIFA World Cup being hosted in Germany next year (June 9 - July 9). In addition, it has installed the communications networks for the 2002 FIFA World Cup , the FIFA Women's World Cup 2003 and the FIFA World Youth Championship 2005 in the Netherlands where Argentina claimed its fifth title.

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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