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Leipzig Central Stadium Moves its Communications Up a League withAvaya Solutions to Welcome Global FIFA Football Events


Avaya Inc. announced that it has won a contract to provide LeipzigCentral Stadium with a new converged voice and data communicationsnetwork.Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, today announced that it has won a contract to provide Leipzig Central Stadium with a new converged voice and data communications network. The stadium is one of the venues for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, both being hosted by Germany. Leipzig joins other host stadiums, Frankfurt and Cologne, in their decision to deploy Avaya converged solutions in preparation for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

Avaya's converged communication infrastructure will enable Leipzig Central Stadium to easily, effectively and securely handle the complex communications demands of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005, kicking off next month, as well as the world's largest sporting event, the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, all over a single network. Avaya, in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, is also providing IP telephony to FIFA as part of its communications infrastructure for both events.

Additionally, the new Avaya network will seamlessly interoperate with all other host stadiums, regardless of their network infrastructure, as well as the FIFA Local Organising Committee locations, for both FIFA events. The installation also includes an Avaya wireless LAN enabling flexible, easy communication from anywhere in the stadium and around the pitch. As a result of Avaya's design, Leipzig Central Stadium will have optimised communications infrastructure reliability through the installation of redundant processors and power to provide real-time back-up should the network be interrupted in any way.

For example, journalists reporting on FIFA events will be provided with a highly reliable and resilient network so that they may deliver continuous news feeds back to their studios without experiencing transmission problems.

Michael Kelly, Head of IT Solutions at FIFA, explains: "Leipzig Central Stadium's investment in Avaya converged communication technology ensures state-of-the-art communications possibilities, both in the run-up to and during the FIFA events. It is impossible to organise events of such scale without reliable and secure communications and is especially vital when so many people are involved and the world is watching. By implementing Avaya solutions, Leipzig Central Stadium is contributing to the success of the World Cup."

Doug Gardner, Managing Director of Avaya's FIFA World Cup™ programme said: "We are delighted that Leipzig Central Stadium has decided to join other host stadia and FIFA in placing its trust in Avaya to deliver seamless converged communications on the world stage. Both installations at Cologne and Frankfurt Stadiums have now been successfully completed, and we are excited about working on this new project in Leipzig, and the role it will have in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup as the last major FIFA event before the actual 2006 FIFA World Cup™."

Notes to Editors

  • This contract was won as part of a competitive tender and is not linked to Avaya's sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup™.
  • Avaya will leverage the stadium's equipment and utilize it as part of the FIFA IT Solution network in Leipzig Central Stadium for both the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 and 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.
  • The equipment installed at the stadium includes Avaya™ Communication Manager 3.0 software powering two Avaya™ S8700 servers and Avaya™ G650 gateways, enabling voice and data communications to run on the same network.
  • During the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, Avaya's network provided voice and data services for groups such as FIFA staff, Organizing Committee employees, volunteers, as well as media and broadcasters. Avaya technology connected twenty stadia and eight other venues across two countries, including 120,000 connections and 40,000 endpoints across all venues.

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:

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