As part of the World Press Briefing in Sochi, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced the Rate Card tariffs on telecommunications services during the 2014 Games in Sochi. The special Olympic tariffs were decided by the Organizing Committee in cooperation with the General Partner of the 2014 Games, Rostelecom, taking into account recommendations from the IOC. The organizers of the 2014 Games focused on creating the best work conditions possible for journalists; accordingly, there will be free Wi-Fi access to the Internet for them at all the competition venues for the first time in Olympic history, as well as in the media centers and media hotels. Media representatives will also be able to take advantage of higher-speed, paid Internet access to the for 4,000 rubles, which is four times cheaper than at the Olympics in Vancouver and two times cheaper than at the Games in London.
The media representatives will have prompt Internet access at all the competition venues in the rooms for the press and photographers, in the Main Media Center in the Coastal Cluster and the Gorki Media Center in the Mountain Cluster, at mixed zones, at press stands and in press conference halls, as well as in hotels for the media. For the first time in Olympic history, Wi-Fi access to the Internet will be absolutely free.
The free Internet package, called the Sochi 2014 Package, provides Wi-Fi access at a speed of up to 10 Mb without individual speed guaranteed in all media-zones of all the competition venues, Main and Gorki Media Centers as well as on the territory of the Olympic stadium. The free package includes access to the "Info+" system via personal mobile devices.
This Wi-Fi is intended for those using the Internet for email, or to send text information - news and stories, low-resolution photographs, web-navigation and work done on social networks. This free solution from Sochi 2014 has superior speed parameters to similar paid-for services that were offered to the public at previous Games in London (speeds of up to 8Mb, Sochi – 10Mb), and will be 5 times quicker than the paid-for solution in Vancouver (up to 2Mb). Journalists will be able to test the free Wi-Fi package in full as early as January 24 2014, so that they can prepare for their work during the Games in the most efficient way possible.
For those working to tight deadlines and who need to be able to send high-resolution photographs, a paid "Olympic" Wi-Fi package will be on offer, with a channel speed of 10 Mb and simultaneous connection guaranteed to a maximum of 25 users. Moreover, using the same login, the media representatives will be able to connect their mobile devises both via Wi-Fi or via cable connection.
This kind of speed will make it possible to transfer large volumes of data - for example, photographs - and will ensure that the network is as well-protected as possible against being overloaded. In addition to this, the package includes high-speed cable access in the press and photographers' work rooms, and in the press-stands, which are equipped with tables. The "Olympic" package will cost 4 thousand rubles and will also include access to the "Info+" system. This package, based on assessments by the Games organizers, is superior to similar solutions used at previous Olympic Games. In London, for the similar "Gold" package, members of the press had to pay 150 pounds for 34 days, whilst in Vancouver the "Netzone" package cost 560 Canadian dollars.
The President of OAO "Rostelecom", Alexander Provotorov, commented:
"For Rostelecom and the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, the search for the best rates wasn't easy - construction of the network lines in the communication system for the Olympic Winter Games, under extremely difficult mountainous conditions, unavoidably lead to heavy costs. We are proud that we managed to find a mutually beneficial balance. Rostelecom is taking heed of what its customers are saying, and is striving to make sure its telecommunications products and services meet their current needs."
Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, said:
"At the Games in Sochi, along with traditional paid for packages for the first time in history, we will give media representatives free Wi-Fi access, providing maximum openness in covering Olympic and Paralympic Games. We were able to work out this optimal solution together with our long-time Partner, the Rostelecom company, and it is something that will be of benefit not just to the company itself, but to the country and the entire Olympic Movement.
Notes to the Editor
Press accreditation for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi began on October 8, 2012. A total of 2,800 journalists can be accredited for them - as many as there were for the Games in Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010. The allowance for each specific country is established by the IOC.
Rostelecom (www.rostelecom.ru), the national telecommunications company of Russia, is the largest Russian company in the sector.
Rostelecom became a General Partner of the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi in the "Telecommunications" category in 2009. The company participates actively in the preparation for the Games, creating the necessary telecommunications infrastructure.
Today Rostelecom is actively constructing the powerful telecommunications infrastructure necessary for staging the Games and providing tele-broadcasting, and it is also offering the most modern telecommunications services to organizers, participants and guests of the Olympic Games.
Rostelecom owns a series of state licenses, allowing it to provide a wide range of telecommunications services in all the regions of the Russian Federation. The company has the largest communication backbone network with a total length of approximately 500 thousand km and unique infrastructure with access to millions of Russian households. In total, today more than 100 million residents of Russia use the company's various services.
Rostelecom is a true leader in the market of telecommunications services to Russian state authorities at all levels, state institutions and organizations.