Nortel to supply gear for 2012 Olympics

Company cites energy efficiency of networking tools for winning pact for London games

Organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London announced today that Nortel Networks Corp. will supply network infrastructure for the events.

Joel Hackney, president of enterprise solutions at Nortel, cited the company's commitment to building more energy-efficient switching and routing products than other vendors as one reason for its selection by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd.

Nortel products "deliver 40% lower energy consumption," Hackney said in an interview today, noting third party studies released at Interop in May that compared the company's products with those of its competitors.

The Olympic committee also cited Nortel's product reliability and security and the networking firm's effort to ability to partner with other companies in awarding the contract, Hackney said. Nortel's LAN, WAN, call center and telephony equipment will be installed at Olympic facilities by BT Group PLC, the Olympic committee's communications services partner.

Both IP and Ethernet technologies will be deployed to deliver information in real time to an estimated audience of 4 billion people around the world, he said. Nortel was also selected to provide networking infrastructure products for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Some of the Nortel hardware used at the games will later be contributed to the London 2012 Education Program, which targets students throughout the U.K., Hackney said.

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