POSTED: August 6th 2010

Sochi 2014 looking to roll out 4G wireless network for the Winter Olympics

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/SOCHI, Aug 6: Sochi 2014 general partners MegaFon and Rostelecom have run successful tests on the Fourth Generation (4G) wireless data network that is set to be used for the Games. A full scale test will be executed in February 2011 at the major Olympic area.

Tests showed that data transmission rates reach 100 Mbps meaning that the Sochi 2014 Games will benefit from 4G networks, which have over 10 times more capacity than 3G.

The system was tested close to the major Sochi 2014 site, Roza Khutor, and operates on LTE (Long-Term Evolution) protocol. Given the location in the challenging mountainous region this proves that the Russian telecom firms are ready to develop the most advanced communication technology in preparation for Sochi 2014.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, said: “We are very interested in the benefits that modern communication technology can bring to Russia’s first Winter Games. Lightning-fast information dissemination is a reality of today’s world so it is incredibly important that we provide a high-quality service for the participants and guests of the Games, offering them a new approach to accessing the information.


“The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee is creating a Joint Information System for the Games, and our Partners are providing the necessary communication channels.”

MegaFon provides communication and data services throughout the entire territory of the Russian Federation with a population over 142 million people.

Sergey Soldatenkov, ceo of MegaFon says: “The test launch for the 4G network has confirmed its clear advantages over any existing communication network. We will be showcasing the 4G capabilities with during the Sochi 2014 test event in Roza Khutor in February 2011 with a roll-out of full-scale LTE networks.”

Rostelecom, is Russia’s national telecommunications operator and owns and operates a nationwide network (about 160,000 km in length) providing telecommunication services.

General Director of Rostelecom, Alexander Provotorov, said, “The Sochi 2014 Telecommunication Partners have a clear task to provide the highest level of telecom support during the Games. They have all the necessary resources for that, including the strategic vision for creating a perfect communication infrastructure in Sochi, which will help the Olympic host city, become internationally renowned for its telecommunications leadership.”

The winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia between 7-23 February 2014 at the Black Sea resort destination.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Dmitry Chernyshenko · MegaFon · Sergey Soldatenkov · Rostelecom · Alexander Provotorov

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