Olympics via VoIP

by jen

Olympic committees are taking full advantage of VoIP solutions from supporting networks with software and hardware networks to converging internet, TV, and mobile phones for viewers of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The summer games being held in Beijing, People's Republic of China is offering viewers an internet television solution provided by China Central Television or CCTV the exclusive television and web provider for 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Forecasters state that CCTV has become a major media player even beating out key players such as the National Broadcast Channel better known as NBC. CCTV’s audience is much larger than every major television network in the United States.

Not only is VoIP being used to support and converge the massive media needs of the 2008 summer games. VoIP technology is behind a service called Babel created by Jajah. Babel will translate the English language into Chinese. We wonder if it has every dialect covered but if you’re thinking about telling Chinese gold medal winner, Wang Xin what you think of her recent win in her native language then you might consider using Babel.

Additionally a sophisticated IP telephone network will be supporting media at the 2009 Special Olympics. According to John Crosby, 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Chief Technology Officer "This is the first time a voice over IP System has ever been used in a Special Olympics World Games."

VoIP solutions are prepped for the 2010 Olympics too. As the official converged network equipment supplier for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Nortel Networks© is building the first all-IP converged network for Olympic Games.

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