The region around Sochi has seen a dramatic upgrade in telecommunications infrastructure in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than 940 mobile communication base stations have been developed in the city and more than 500 kilometers of fiber-optic fixed lines have been laid. To ensure reliable mobile communications, Sochi 2014 General Partner MegaFon has developed more than 680 2G/3G base stations on the territory of the Games and - for the first time in the history of the Games - more than 270 high-speed 4G stations. A large-scale fiber-optic network, which has been laid by the General Partner of the Games Rostelecom, ensures a reliable fixed connection between all Games venues. In addition, together with the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Rostelecom will provide public screenings of the Games at Live Sites Sochi 2014 on big screens in the centers of Russian cities.
MegaFon mobile communications
Construction of the mobile communication infrastructure for the Olympic Games in Sochi is now complete. All communication facilities at the Olympic Park have been put into operation and the MegaFon Monitoring Center constantly checks the quality and loads on the network.
To ensure the quality of network performance throughout Sochi, more than 680 2G/3G base stations have been established. In addition, for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, a high-speed 4G connection will operate, for which more than 270 MegaFon 4G base stations have been established. Over 100 km of fiber-optic communication lines have been constructed in the Mountain Cluster, more than 40 km in the Coastal Cluster, and more than 80 km in the area between the Clusters.
During the Games in Sochi, 650 highly qualified MegaFon specialists will be responsible for the smooth operation of mobile communications, and will provide the necessary technical support to participants and guests of the Games.
The MegaFon network monitoring control center operates around the clock, monitoring the quality of the network at every Olympic venue. The functioning of mobile communications at major events has been successfully tested in Sochi during the test events of the 2012/2013 season, at the International Investment Forum 2013 and at the Channel One Hockey Cup in December 2013.
In the Bolshoy Ice Dome, which hosted the Channel One Cup, the average speed of the 4G network mobile Internet was 35 Mbit/s, and the peak speed reached 60 Mbit/sec.
In addition, in December 2013, the company MegaFon reached an agreement with other major Russian mobile operators on opening a "guest" gateway in terms of data transmission within the Olympic venues in Sochi. Subscribers of all operators arriving at the Games will be able to take advantage of the MegaFon mobile Internet.
In order to connect to the MegaFon 3G-network in the Olympic venues in Sochi, subscribers of other operators will just need to choose the network in the settings of their mobile devices while in the area of gateway roaming.
The system was successfully tested during the most popular events of 2013 in Sochi, including "One year before the Games", the Junior World Hockey Championship and XII International Investment Forum Sochi 2013.
To ensure the highest quality of service, MegaFon has increased the capacity of mobile networks in Krasnaya Polyana (Mountain Cluster) by 40%, and in the Olympic Park - by 110%. An agreement has also been reached with another partner of the Olympics - Rostelecom - to increase network capacity by 15-20 % through the use of additional bandwidth.
Rostelecom fixed connection
Rostelecom, a General Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, has highlighted the full readiness of the telecommunications infrastructure of the Games.
The company has strengthened the telecommunications infrastructure necessary for the Games and to ensure high quality TV broadcasting, as well as providing the most advanced telecommunication services to the organizers, participants and guests of the Olympics. All venues are connected to a network, which will be provided 24 hours a day.
Around 500 km of fiber-optic communication lines have been installed, connecting 35 Olympic sports venues and facilities to ensure their smooth operation. The bandwidth of the Rostelecom network has been increased to 140 Gbit/s and the bandwidth of the multi-service network has been increased to 40 Gbit/s.
A key stage in the Sochi 2014 project was the creation of the Olympic Center of Information Technologies. With an area of more than two thousand square meters, it is the largest IT-infrastructure project of the Games. The Center is equipped with high-performance equipment, including more than 300 high-end servers, 6 data storage systems (620 TB), and 2 digital libraries (180 TB). Around 50 different information and technological systems operate here.
The Center's main objective is to process the information flow of the Olympics, to manage a single Games network and to integrate special solutions for each sport.
More than 800 Rostelecom specialists are involved in the provision of telecommunications infrastructure to the Games.
All created infrastructure has been successfully tested on international test events of the season 2012-2013.
Together with the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Rostelecom OAO will provide a public screening of the Games at the Live Sites Sochi 2014 venues.
As part of this nationwide project, residents and visitors in large Russian cities will have a unique opportunity to watch the Olympic events in Sochi on big screens in city centers. In addition,Live Sites Sochi 2014 will be opened in seven cities during the Games - Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk, Tyumen, Khabarovsk and Khanty-Mansiysk.
For the project "Live Site Sochi 2014", Rostelecom has developed the special Internet portal ls.rt.ru, where you will be able to find out site timetables, as well as the show program in all cities participating in the project. And for those who want to support athletes from the cities participating in the Live Sites project, the option "Athlete from my city" has been developed, which will send a virtual good luck wish to the athlete competing at the Games.
Aleksei Grishchenko, Sochi 2014 project management department director at OAO "Rostelecom", noted:
"Rostelecom has built an extremely strong telecommunications infrastructure which required for the Games and television broadcasting. Together with the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, we will make the Games accessible to everyone and provide guests and participants of the Games with high quality services."
Tigran Pogosyan, deputy director general for strategic projects at MegaFon, said:
"The Sochi Olympic Games is a major project, and we are proud that MegaFon has fulfilled all our plans to provide services throughout the territory of the Games. The Olympic venues have the latest equipment, the best on the market. We have paid special attention to the internal infrastructure within the stadiums, as at the Opening Ceremony we will have to provide communications to 40,000 spectators at Fisht stadium. MegaFon is ready to provide a mobile internet speed of 1 Mbit/s at the Olympic clusters, even at high altitudes, as well as along the route of the Lastochka "Adler-Krasnaya Polyana" electric train route. And if subscribers of other operators for some reason experience communication difficulties at the Olympic venues, they can always use roaming and connect to the MegaFon network manually. Roaming service rates must be checked with your operator."
Notes to the Editor
OAO "Rostelecom" (www.rostelecom.ru, a General Partner of the XXII Olympic and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014) is the largest telecommunications group in Russia that is growing rapidly and provides services in all segments of the industry throughout the whole country.
The company occupies a leading position in the Russian market for broadband access and pay-TV services: the number of subscribers to broadband services totals 9.8 million, and Rostelecom pay-TV - more than 7.0 million users, of which over 2.0 million watch the unique federal "Interactive TV" product.
Rostelecom is a major mobile operator, actively developing next generation wireless networks. The company currently has 14.1 million mobile subscribers.
Rostelecom is the undisputed market leader in providing telecommunication services for Russia government bodies and corporate users of all levels.
The company is a recognized technology leader in innovative solutions in the field of e-government, cloud computing, health care, education, security and housing and communal services.
The stable financial position of the company has been confirmed by credit agency ratings: Fitch Ratings at level "BBB-", and Standard & Poor's at level "BB+".
OAO "MegaFon" is a leading Russian universal telecommunications operator. The company operates in all segments of the telecommunications market in Russia. The company and its subsidiaries have all the necessary licenses and operate in all regions of Russia, as well as in the republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. MegaFon was first in Russia to launch a commercial 3G network and is today the Russian leader in the provision of mobile internet services, and ranks second in Russia by number of active subscribers.
In July 2012, MegaFon received one of four licenses for the provision of 4G/LTE in the Russian Federation for 10 years and has already begun to provide such services in 49 regions of the country. In October 2013, MegaFon completed the acquisition of 100% of Scartel/Yota, with licenses 4G/LTE, from Garsdale Services Investment Limited, a shareholder in the AF Telecom group (see below).
The company actively promotes the development of sport in Russia. For many years, the most vibrant all-Russian sports projects have been strongly associated with the MegaFon name. The company is a General Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, as well as a General Partner of the Russian Olympic and Paralympic teams. As part of the Games, MegaFon will present a hi-tech pavilion in the Olympic Park, on the wall of which large faces of fans will appear, 6x8 meters in size. MegaFon is a partner of Team Russia and a General Partner of the Russian Football Union. In addition, MegaFon is an official partner of the Russian Hockey Federation, the General Partner of the KHL Championship and the Official Sponsor of the National, Youth and Women's Russian national hockey teams. The company supports the Russian Biathlon Union, the Russian Fencing Federation, Volleyball Federation of Russia and the Russian Gymnastics Federation. MegaFon is the organizer of the largest tournament for orphans in Russia: the "Future Depends on You" Russian Open Football Championship among orphanages and boarding schools.