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Sep 22, 2006

Tough demands expected for 2010 IT, communications networks

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Deutsche Telekom has been responsible for some 75% of all the IT and telecommunications services required for the 2006 Fifa World Cup. Deutsche Telekom’s business customer unit, T-Systems, has served as general contractor for the services and has linked all the stadiums and Fifa offices by means of a high-speed network and put the software through its paces in order to ensure smooth communications right up to the final in Berlin.

It is no longer possible to conceive of a sporting event such as this one, which has captured the hearts and minds of billions of people around the globe, without software, Internet, digital cameras and high-speed networks to ensure data exchange.

Consequently, three years ago, Fifa and the national organising team behind the 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany started developing and implementing plans for a modern IT and communications platform together with its partners such as T-Systems and T-Com.

“The demands were high. For example, Fifa expected us to provide services in the area of data and voice networks at a quality level that exceeds even the standards demanded in industry,” says Udo Gro
Edited by: Amy Heydenrych

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