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4 stadiums are ready for Confed - Magazi

By unknown | Mar 26, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Four stadiums are ready for the Confederations Cup and most ICT requirements for the World Cup would be in place by then, Telkom said yesterday.

Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg, Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg and the Free State's Bloemfontein Stadium are all ready and will be used as official venues for the Confederations Cup, which takes place from June 14 to 28.

Sixteen matches between eight countries will be played here.

Telkom said it had 22.5 GB per second of transmission capacity which would result in a timing delay of less than a second between the actual games and broadcasting.

Thami Magazi, Telkom's group executive for Multi-National Customer, said: "In meeting the network requirements for the Confed Cup we've been working towards the 2010 requirements simultaneously.

"Since our network is a meshed one, we're striving to ensure that all 11 World Cup venues will be ready. Obviously, though, our focus at this stage is on the venues that have been designated for the Confederations Cup," he said.

Sentech is also developing a satellite network in case the Telkom system malfunctions, but Telkom has said that will not be necessary.

Dennis Smit, managing director of ICT research firm BM-IT, expressed his confidence in Telkom.

"One thing you can't underestimate Telkom on is its technical capabilities," Smit said.

"If the equipment is no longer needed, most of it can just be redeployed. Government is underwriting most of it, so Telkom won't be making a loss anyway."


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