Nortel wins race to supply 2012 Games

Nortel has been named as the Official Network Infrastructure Partner, and the latest London 2012 Tier One sponsor, by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The company will provide BT with the equipment to enable WANs, wireless LANs, call centre, and fixed telephony infrastructure required.

London 2012's communications will support over 205 international sporting organisations, 20,000 worldwide media, nine million spectators, and over four billion television viewers of the London Games. Nortel will form part of LOCOG's technology team, which also includes Atos Origin, BT, and Samsung, and these organisations will play a fundamental role in delivering the communications for the Games, the organisation says.

Nortel has also committed to contributing to London 2012's Education Programme by providing resources and training to students across the UK. The Canadian company will also receive exclusive marketing rights and usage rights to the London 2012 brand within its sector. Nortel is also a sponsor of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"We are counting on Nortel with their Olympic Games experience and breadth of expertise for mission-critical projects to ensure successful delivery of our Games requirements,” says Sebastian Coe, chair of London 2012. “We are in great shape commercially: with four years to go we are in the position of having raised over half of our domestic sponsorship targets already."

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