AT&T Completes Multimillion-Dollar Technology Upgrade of U.S. Olympic Training Centers
Athletes at Three U.S. Olympic Training Centers
Benefit From New Technologies to Support Training
High-Tech Tools Give U.S. Olympic Team Hopefuls Competitive Edge for 2008 Olympic Games
San Antonio, Texas, October 3, 2007
United States Olympic Team sponsor AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced the completion of technology upgrades at the three U.S. Olympic Training Centers (OTCs), concluding a multiphased, $3 million technology enhancement to the OTCs that will continue to impact athlete training at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and beyond.
The technology upgrades for the OTCs in Chula Vista, Calif., Colorado Springs, Colo., and now Lake Placid, N.Y., provide athletes, coaches, medical personnel and staff with access to world-class communications technology as U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls train for the 2008 Olympic Games.
The OTC upgrades enable coaches and athletes to transfer video files quickly and easily via AT&T wireless and wireline services in dorm rooms, gyms and practice areas. The communications infrastructure also provides distance e-learning capabilities for athletes pursuing academic degrees.
Additionally, AT&T has built and equipped an AT&T Athlete Connections Center at each OTC. These centers provide a place for athletes to enjoy state-of-the-art AT&T entertainment and communications services in a fun environment, which is an important part of the rest-and-relaxation portion of their training programs.
The AT&T Athlete Connections Centers feature Wi-Fi, wireless phone services, AT&T | DISH Network service and AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet service, which provides convenient, fast and reliable access to e-mail services and online gaming.
"AT&T is committed to doing its part to give America's athletes the tools they need to be their very best," said Jason Simpson, AT&T director of Olympic Integration. "The technology that we provide at all three training centers powers communications services that help keep our athletes connected to their coaches, families and friends and enhance their training experience in a meaningful way."
AT&T also provides the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) with products and services to help ensure that its business needs are met, including:
- A new, high-bandwidth circuit that provides reliable connectivity for high-volume traffic and increases the overall bandwidth of the USOC's network for faster flow of voice, data and video communications.
- OneNet®, an integrated long distance, data and audio/video conferencing service that allows Team USA and the USOC to quickly and easily call a meeting from virtually anywhere via telephone, the Web or video.
- Virtual Private Network (VPN) Tunneling Service Remote Access, which provides the USOC with the ability to access its network off-site over a secure connection, anytime and anywhere (this is of particular importance for coaches and athletes who travel extensively for various competitions).
- Wireless communications — including international coverage — for mobile phones, PDAs and other devices.
AT&T is an official partner of the U.S. Olympic Team and provides significant financial support, products and services to America's athletes. AT&T will serve as the official telecommunications services partner of the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
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