World Cup Comms in Figures

As England prepare for their final group stage game tonight against Sweden FIFA World Cup 2006 sponsor and communications system supplier Avaya is keen to remind us just what a job they are taking on in keeping the network running in Germany.

Here’s a few FIFA World Cup Fast Facts they have supplied.

The FIFA World Cup is the largest, most watched sporting event in the world with an accumulated audience of 30 billion viewers.

FIFA will be using next generation IP Telephony, wireless, security, and converged networks to allow the largest volume of data transmission ever done before. It is estimated up to 15 trillion bytes of data will be transmitted in 30 days.

The event will mark the largest converged communication network ever built for a sporting event. The network is built by Avaya – FIFA’s official technology partner.

Over 99.99% network reliability is required to meet the FIFA’s mandate is for overall system availability.

Journalists, stadium officials, volunteers, the Local Organizing Committee, even referees and players will use the latest mobile technology from Avaya to allow access to information anytime, anywhere on any device.

Photographers will use the WLAN on the converged network to instantaneously send pictures to agencies and news desks around the globe.

The converged network -that combines voice and data on the same infrastructure- will connect the 12 FIFA World Cup stadiums, the media centers in all stadiums and the FIFA headquarters in Berlin.

32 teams, FIFA executives and employees, countless officials and visiting dignitaries will all depend on the transportation and protocol application running on the Avaya network to get where they need to go. This Web-based application – running on the Avaya converged network – accounts for air, hotels, cars, trains.

Communications for the FIFA World Cup is a massive undertaking on the world’s most public sporting stage with:

12 stadiums and 32 teams …

15,000 volunteers…

15,000 international media…

200,000 accreditations…

3 million spectators…

The whole world watching…