Telkom will be providing critical infrastructure support, including voice, data and video communication for the upcoming 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) – 19 January to 10 February.
Telkom’s delivery of services for the 2013 AFCON is subject to the completion of commercial arrangements between the relevant parties.
Telkom was chosen as the ICT partner for the event for several reasons, the company stated in a press release, including a credible track record and technical expertise based on the successes attained during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.
“Smooth technical operations are crucial for the success of such occasions and we will deliver nothing less,” said Telkom Business Managing Director, Dr Brian Armstrong.
“The experience of the 2010 FIFA World Cup has helped Telkom greatly in delivering on critical services for events like the AFCON. The scales of the two events are vastly different and as a result, so are the risks. We could not be better prepared,” said Armstrong.
“Every precaution has been taken to avoid network failures, including additional redundancy via dual access infrastructure and 24/7 network management,” said Armstrong.
Telkom will also deliver an IP based Virtual Private Network (VPN) for the purposes of voice, data and video traffic. This will ensure that the Local Organising Committee’s (LOC’s) Sandton headquarters will be connected in real-time to the five stadiums being used (Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg). The service will be managed from the Telkom National Network Operations Centre (NNOC) in Centurion.
To ensure that this African sporting event can be broadcast internationally, Telkom has made provision for Internet access for both national and international media. Wireless access (Wi-Fi) services will be deployed at locations such as the media tribune, broadcast compound, and accreditation centres at each of the utilised stadiums.
Telkom will also be deploying six tele-presence units at the stadiums and LOC headquarters in Sandton to support the operational requirements of the AFCON LOC.