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Wi-Fi for Sochi Olympics like ‘running 3 Super Bowls a day for 17 straight days’

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People use their laptops during “Working everywhere” event in Riga May 31, 2013. More than 150 activists with laptops and wi-fi access attended event to demonstrate the benefits of flexible working style and possibly set a new Guinness world record for “Most people who work in a specific place outside the office”. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA - Tags: SOCIETY)


How different was technology four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics?

Take this stat from an Ottawa Citizen story on the lab tasked with keeping everybody the Sochi Olympics connected for more than two weeks:

In Vancouver, wired traffic outnumbered wireless by a factor of 4-to-1, the ratio is expected to be reversed in Sochi, with Wi-Fi traffic dwarfing wired traffic.

In 2010, Twitter was getting half the visitors of MySpace. Netbooks were the rage. The first iPad wasn’t released until one month after the 2010 Olympics.

An Ottawa lab for Avaya knows how times have changed, and it seems ready for the challenge of keeping more than 100,000 devices connected for the duration of the Games.

It will provide Wi-Fi at every competition venue and at the Olympic villages, for athletes, media, coaches, trainers and officials as well as streaming TV feeds for athletes at all the venues, according to the report.

“A good analogy is like saying, we are running three Super Bowls a day for 17 straight days. It’s a lot,” Dean Frohwerk, the Avaya leader also in charge of Wi-Fi in 2010, told the newspaper. “The world’s going to be watching, this has got to be flawless.”

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