Beanfield Metroconnect joins TO2015 as Official Waterfront Communication Services Supplier for Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Toronto-based company promises ultra-fast internet connections for athletes in their home away from home during Games

TORONTO, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Telecommunications provider Beanfield Metroconnect is set to make athletes at the TORONTO 2015 Games the most connected in the world, the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) announced today.

As the Official Waterfront Communication Services Supplier for the Games, the Toronto-based company is the latest addition to the TO2015 sponsorship team and will provide state-of-the-art network infrastructure for Game venues and the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village.

"Beanfield Metroconnect is proud to be part of the TORONTO 2015 Games' sponsorship family," said company president, Chris Amendola. "We're excited to provide the ultimate connectivity for the Games and athletes, and build what will be one of the world's leading community networks."  

For the Games, Beanfield will not only provide fibre-based connectivity to select competition venues but will also build and operate an "Intelligent Community Network" for the Athletes' Village. This ultra high-speed, ultra-broadband fibre optic network will offer athletes unheard-of internet speeds and services, and will be the first of its kind in Canada.

Games athletes will enjoy ultra-fast internet connections starting from 250 megabits per second (uploading and downloading), with capacity to go far beyond. Other smart services like IPTV (internet protocol television) and neighbourhood-wide Wi-Fi will also be available.   

"Our partnership with Beanfield Metroconnect means the 7,500 athletes coming to our Games will enjoy super-fast connections in their home away from home," said Ian Troop, TO2015 chief executive officer. "This means they can connect with friends, family and fans throughout the Americas at any time, keep up-to-date with their social media feeds and relax by downloading music or watching their favourite TV show. It'll make them feel more connected with their Host City, as well as back home."

The CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village is located in the West Don Lands, a new sustainable mixed-use community that is part of Waterfront Toronto's revitalization project. In 2011, Beanfield Metroconnect was selected to build and operate an Intelligent Community Network on the lands being revitalized by Waterfront Toronto.

The Intelligent Community Network will rank within the top seven of the most sophisticated in the world. The CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village is the first phase of the Intelligent Community Network. Not only will it set the standard for broadband services in Canada, it will also revolutionize how waterfront communities connect locally and around the world.

Beanfield Metroconnect is joining previously announced members of the TORONTO 2015 sponsor family that include: Lead Partner CIBC, Premier Partners Chevrolet Canada and CISCO, as well as Official Suppliers Pattison Outdoor Advertising, FUSE Marketing Group, Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Toronto Star, and Official Broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada.

About Beanfield Metroconnect
Beanfield Metroconnect has been servicing the complete telecommunication needs of local businesses since 1988. The 100% Canadian-owned company builds, owns and operates the largest private fibre-optic network in Toronto, providing services to more than 300 commercial and residential buildings. Beanfield offers comprehensive business and residential telecom services ranging from Internet, phone and IPTV to Transparent LAN, dark fibre and broadcast services.

About TO2015
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is tasked with the responsibility of planning, managing and delivering the Games. Its mission is to ignite the spirit through a celebration of sport and culture. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10−26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.

The 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as other partners and sponsors. CIBC is the Lead Partner of the Games.

For more information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.

SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information:

Teddy Katz
Director, media relations and chief spokesperson 
TO2015
C: 647.404.5263
teddy.katz@toronto2015.org

Rosemary McLaughlin
Senior Marketing Specialist 
Beanfield Metroconnect
P: 416.583.2014
rosemary@beanfield.com

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