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Commonwealth Games 2018: Cisco goes for gold on Gold Coast

Cisco is celebrating two decades of international sporting games support as it takes on technology for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Cisco Australia has announced that it’s “set to turn on the Games through its highly secure and intelligent network, connecting across 1900kms from Cairns to Coolangatta".

This sponsorship marks Cisco’s ongoing commitment, spanning two decades, in supporting international sporting games, as you can see at the end of this article in a section that shows Cisco technology by the numbers used for the 2018 Games, and the other major Olympics and Commonwealth Games that Cisco has supported since 2006.

Cisco was announced as the “official Network Hardware Sponsor for the XXI Commonwealth Games”, and will provide “solutions to enable the connectivity from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Technology Operation Centre, to 18 competition venues, 18 media centres and 24 volunteer venues. Cisco is providing network infrastructure with scalable capability to enable high-speed transmission of critical data across a highly secure, digital platform".

We’re told that GC2018 will be the biggest multi-sport event in Australia this decade, and the first ever to be held outside of a capital city.

Cisco says its network is “predicted to connect 25,000 devices, providing operational Wi-Fi for 6,600 athletes and officials, and 3,500 media, enabling the sharing of video, data and information to run dedicated applications".

Naturally boasting it will be “offering highly secure network hardware solutions behind the scenes, Cisco will provide foundational technology elements such as firewalls, routers, switches, wireless access points that will enable the media to broadcast the action around the world – all of which is essential to the success of the Games".

Ken Boal, vice-president of Cisco Australia and New Zealand, is unsurprisingly proud of the work that his team are delivering in the lead-up to the Games, and said: “The work we do behind the scenes means the athletes can take centrestage.

"At Cisco, we have an incredible team with proven experience in delivering the network technology platforms for multiple Commonwealth & Olympic Games. This, combined with our leading technology, will help ensure the Games is a connected and inclusive event.

“Cisco will be working with GOLDOC and its other technology providers to deploy a scalable technology platform, delivering the bandwidth and connectivity required for the world to share the experience in the moment, as the action happens. Speed, quality, reliability and security are essential, and Cisco is delighted that GOLDOC has chosen Cisco to be the Network Hardware Sponsor.”

GOLDOC chairman, Peter Beattie naturally welcomed Cisco to the GC2018 Sponsor Family, and said: “We need partners who have the experience and capability to help us deliver a really great event for athletes and spectators.

“Cisco’s extensive experience in delivering a reliable, highly secure and quality network on time for international sporting events is invaluable.

Cisco’s world-class hardware solution ensures the collaboration with our other technology partners will facilitate the successful delivery and experience, for what we hope will make GC2018 the best Commonwealth Games yet,” Beattie concluded.

GOLDOC “needs a highly secure network that grows as its workforce grows – from 50 staff in 2014, the organisation is set to expand to 1500 employees when the Opening Ceremony begins on 4 April 2018”, with Cisco stating it “will continue working to upscale GOLDOC from a start-up operation to a global enterprise, ready for action come the Opening Ceremony in just 265 days".

Cisco technology by numbers:

  • 280 switches
  • 680 wireless access points
  • 40 Routers
  • 950 IP Phones

Cisco has an ongoing commitment and experience supporting global sporting events such as the Commonwealth & Olympic Games; its previous Games experience includes:

  • 2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne
  • 2008 Olympic Games Beijing
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi
  • 2012 Olympic Games London
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow
  • 2016 Olympic Games Rio
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast

GC2018 by numbers:

  • 18 competition venues
  • 18 media centres
  • 24 volunteer venues
  • 265 days to go
  • 1900kms
  • 3500 media
  • 6600 athletes and officials
  • 15,000 volunteers
  • 1.2 million spectators
  • 1.5 billion TV viewers


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