As we get closer to the magic Olympic Games, more and more details about the event are becoming available. .In Sydney, the main Olympics venues are spread over an area stretching from the city centre to Penrith Lakes, approximately 40 kilometres west of the city. Interstate venues are in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne.
The Paralympic Games follow from the Olympic Games, from 18 to 29 October 2000, with 10,000 athletes contesting 18 sports at 5 venues. All Paralympic venues are in Sydney area.
· 15 September to 1 October 2000
· 19 days of competition
· 10,200 athletes
· 5,100 team officials
· 15,000 media team representatives
· 28 sports will be contested
· 19 venues fifteen in the Sydney area and 4 interstate
· 5.5 million tickets
· 7 million spectators
· 4 billion TV audience
According to its Olympic Unit manager John Hunter, Telstra’s role at the Games is to produce a uniform network around all the sites. The main delivery network is video for broadcasters and audio and data for radio and the press.
However security, police, ambulance and official and volunteer services will all need communications, and with all these units and the various cooperating bodies, Telstra will be in the middle of a very complex organisation.
Although Telstra provides the communications network services, terminals such as telephones, modems, mobile handsets and so forth are being supplied by other companies and some of these suppliers are yet to come on board.
The network (apart from Homebush Bay) is not separate, but part of the main Sydney network and integrated with the National network. Telstra is building enough capacity in Sydney, particularly around Homebush, Darling Harbour and other main sites to cater for the traffic peaks we can expect in the Games period.
The worst time for traffic density is expected to be the two or three days before the Games begin. Also, as the media arrive and make test calls etc. at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) and the MPC (Main Press Centre) high rates are expected.
Number of Telstra services
Video links to IBC – 280
Cable TV channels – 60
Audio – 3,200
Data (2 Mb/S) – 250
Telephony – 25,000
Mobile-cellular – 15,000
Mobile-trunk – 12,000
International video – 120
International audio – 450
International data – 34Mb/s
There will be no PABXs at Homebush Bay but the Centrex technology will be used, together with a cableless type technology and optical fibre cable links with venues. This will avoid a tremendous amount of cabling, which would then become redundant after the 19 days of the Games.
An IBC will be established with 280 video links. That is ten times more than Telstra would be supplying throughout Australia at any one time. This is only half those used at Atlanta, but the difference is due to our much smaller population.
There will be 120 international video links leaving Australia, mainly on submarine cable with satellite backup. However there will be many more pictures feeding countries with many different languages.
Locally, plain old telephone services may reach 30,000 and Telstra is allowing for 1500 cellular phones excluding those brought in by spectators. Some of these will be working under roaming agreements from abroad.
Spectators’ mobile phones are expected to approach 300,000 in number. This density will be a problem, especially if a large proportion want to use their cell phones at the same time. To cater for this, many antennae are being installed some under seats in stadia and some under ground. Cell radii will be about 30 metres to improve chances of successful operation.
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