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No 'Extra Time' Required for Effective Communications with AvayaConverged Network at Opening of FIFA Confederations Cup Germany2005

06-17-2005

Avaya Inc. announced that its converged network provideduninterrupted and smooth communications support at this week'sopening of the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 in Frankfurt.Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, announced that its converged network provided uninterrupted and smooth communications support at this week's opening of the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 in Frankfurt. The 2005 event involves teams from World Champion, Brazil; Olympic Gold medallist, Argentina; Euro 2004 title holder, Greece; the reigning champions of all the other FIFA Confederations and host, Germany.

The deployment of the Avaya network, which was successfully completed ahead of time and within budget, marks the first time a FIFA sporting tournament is relying entirely on a fully converged system. The network supports thousands of players, journalists, FIFA employees, volunteers and other participants involved in the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005. The tournament, widely viewed as a 'dress rehearsal' for the technology and processes in place to support the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, will use Avaya's converged voice and data systems to communicate between five local tournament sites and worldwide.

Because the network transmits both voice and data traffic, all over a single network, it offers several advantages over traditional systems. For example, network installation is more cost-effective, quicker and simpler than with two networks with all voice and data traffic being managed from a single platform. As a result, FIFA's communications budget is an estimated 20 percent less than it was for the last Confederations Cup, two years ago in France.

For the duration of the event, Avaya's network will provide converged voice and data communications for FIFA headquarter offices and across the five host stadiums located in Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich, Nuremburg and Leipzig, each housing an international media centre. The Avaya network will also be instrumental in player and journalist accreditation, results reporting, material tracking, accommodation confirmations, transportation, ticketing and the maintenance of security systems. Many of these applications have been custom-built for FIFA and will be used by them for the first time, including the checking of tickets. Approximately 28,000 RFID (radio frequency identification) chipped tickets will be used by spectators at the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Frankfurt. The RFID message from the stadium's turnstiles to the ticket management system will pass over the Avaya network. This is the first time that FIFA will use RFID chipped tickets with the intention being to utilise RFID for ticketing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

In addition, the network will provide 500 FIFA representatives working in temporary offices in Frankfurt, with the same, full functionality they have in their permanent offices, as well as connectivity to the tournament's back and front office applications, enabling them to run the event smoothly.

Avaya has been a FIFA sponsor since 2001, and is the Official Convergence Communication Provider for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ being hosted in Germany next year. In addition, it installed the communications networks for the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, the FIFA 2003 Women's World Cup and the FIFA World Youth Championships currently taking place in the Netherlands.

As part of the implementation, Avaya Global Services carried out security consultancy on the network with Avaya engineers writing the security protocols for FIFA internal operations as well as for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. Avaya is also providing remote network monitoring, on-site support, quality and performance management and fault diagnostics and correction. These services, combined with the network architecture, are designed to ensure continuous network connectivity during the tournament. As the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 network will be used for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, Avaya technical engineers will be monitoring its performance throughout the tournament to predict traffic flows and network behaviour for next year's event.

Mike Kelly, FIFA IT Director commented: "Despite delays in the construction of some stadiums in Germany, Avaya was able to complete the network ahead of time. Testing has been taking place since May and, as this week's smooth performance proved, I am confident that the network will enable us to run a successful 2005 Confederations Cup."

Each of the five stadiums linked to the Confederations Cup network has been fully tested against Avaya's rigorous test plans. Testing has included endpoint checks on all data ports, voice ports, IP hardphones, backbone switches, universal power supply holdover times (in case of power failures) as well as switching between devices. Simulated traffic loads have been run over the network, testing data throughput, latency, delay jitter and packet loss as well as disaster recovery processes.

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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