2010 Winter Games technology milestone achieved in record setting time



    Bell launches its 2010 Winter Games telecommunications network a full
    year in advance of delivering the 2010 Winter Games to the world

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell, a Premier
National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the Vancouver
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, today announced the migration of all
of the Vancouver Organizing Committee's (VANOC's) communications needs -
including the Technology Operations Centre (TOC), a 24/7 technology command
centre - from its commercial network to Bell's 2010 Winter Games
telecommunications network.
    A full 12 months ahead of the 2010 Winter Games, this milestone marks the
earliest telecommunications completion in Olympic and Paralympic Games
history, and will facilitate delivery of the world's first all-IP (Internet
Protocol) Olympic and Paralympic Games. Bell's 2010 Winter Games
telecommunications network, supported by the TOC, will deliver all voice,
data, image and broadcast traffic for the 2010 Winter Games.
    "Not only have we put the technology in place to be Games-ready faster
than any host country before us, but we are the first to build an entire
Olympic Games network from scratch," says Justin Webb, Vice President of
Olympic Services, Bell. "We have almost 300 km of fibre optic cable running
from Vancouver to Whistler, connecting 130 Olympic and Games-related venues.
Bell also engaged in a competitive recruitment and onboarding process that has
resulted in our top technical experts from across Canada coming together to
deliver a flawless Games in 2010."
    Bell's 2010 Winter Games network was built with secondary back-ups of
every technical element, is fully redundant and engineered with excess
capacity. During the 2010 Winter Games, it will support the wireless
communications needs of close to two million visitors, approximately 30,000
staff and volunteers, 5,000 athletes and 10,000 media. In addition, Bell's
2010 Winter Games network will carry almost 10,500 hours of broadcast coverage
to more than three billion viewers around the world. VANOC's TOC serves as the
technology command centre for the 2010 Winter Games, and plays a critical role
in all aspects of connectivity. This includes ensuring event results are
seamlessly and instantaneously relayed to billions of viewers worldwide, as
well as thousands of media and spectators at all Olympic and Paralympic
venues.
    "We committed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that we would
develop, test and deploy a reliable, secure and highly available network
infrastructure," says Ward Chapin, Chief Information Officer, VANOC. "The
technology solution Bell delivered to VANOC not only meets IOC and broadcaster
requirements, but exceeds their needs with 99.999% reliability. Bell has been
our partner every step of the way, integrating seamlessly into the VANOC
team."
    As the ultimate dress rehearsal for the 2010 Winter Games, Bell's 2010
Winter Games network is delivering and supporting all telecommunications
services for 17 World Cup sport events, which began in January and will run
through the end of March 2009. Oversight and learning activities at each of
these events are being led by the same Bell technicians who will be working at
the 2010 Winter Games.

    About Bell

    Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
(ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief
Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is
proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit
www.bce.ca.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.




For further information:

For further information: For media inquires, please contact: Allison
Johnson, Bell, Media Relations, (604) 678-7514, allison.johnson@bell.ca


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