The upcoming 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver will be the first entirely Internet Protocol (IP) network in the Games history with a 285-km fibre optic cable network connecting the cities of Vancouver and Whistler to 130 venues.
The voice, internet and data services for the Games will run on the IP Olympic infrastructure setup, representing about 20,000 ports, by Bell Canada, said Justin Webb, vice-president of Olympic services and operations with Bell.
“We are all the things you don’t see,” said Webb, referring to activities like scoring systems and broadcast cameras that run on Bell’s network.
“Yet we are absolutely fundamental to the world seeing it online, on TV, online or in the flesh as a spectator,” said Webb.
The 130 venues include competition venues as well as non-competition venues like the medical centre, International Olympic Committee hotel and the international broadcast centre.
Aside from wireline services, Bell is also providing wireless services and has built a temporary cell tower to support mobility services for the athletes as well as spectators.
What is probably least expected from Bell, said Webb, is a two-way radio infrastructure upon which the Games will run. The infrastructure is setup at each venue as well as a macro network from Vancouver through the Sea to Sky Corridor to Whistler for the logistical element of the Games like transportation.
“It’s a crucial element of the operations of a sport,” said Webb. Seven thousand two-way radio devices will be deployed as part of the Games.
Bell is also providing the portal Vancouver2010.com by hosting, connecting, distributing, and providing the content management platform for the site. “So we’re very much a large, large component of Vanouver2010.com,” said Webb.
The investment by Bell in services for the Games is valued at $60 million, which includes voice, data, internet, PCS, radio, cabling, hosting, content distribution.