I realized today that it’s just 100 days until the start of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. While Nortel has withdrawn from the London 2012 Games they are still the provider for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.
Nortel will be providing converged Local Area Network (LAN) equipment to VANOC to support the networking needs of their different venues. Nortel will also be providing converged Wide Area Networking equipment to Bell Canada as they build a core IP network dedicated to the Games, to enable secure and reliable communications among all event locations.
I’m curious if this will be the last time we’ll see such a big sponsorship from Nortel. Perhaps the Nortel logo won’t even make it to Vancouver, maybe it’ll be replaced by the Avaya logo? (Anyone have any insight into that angle?).
Nortel has a website dedicated to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games which has a very interesting case study and some detailed information. They also have a very large network diagram that I’ll post below.
Update: Thursday January 7, 2010
Here’s a article from TMC on the subject;
Here’s an interesting quote from the article:
The Nortel/Avaya sponsorship is what is referred to as “value-in-kind” where in exchange only their products and services are used for that event. The article says that one of the big benefits of this agreement for suppliers is the ability to prove “that if their product works for the Olympics, it can work for anything.” Which it says what drove Nortel to sign on for the Olympics.
I always enjoy watching and reading about the Winter Olympics!