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Optus backs Gold Coast 2018

Telecommunications company Optus has signed up as the latest sponsor of the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games multi-sport event, which will be staged in Australia’s Gold Coast region.

Optus will serve as the official support network of Gold Coast 2018 and will provide the event’s communications infrastructure and managed services.

Optus will also sponsor the Australian team at the Games, and benefit from a range of branding and activation opportunities throughout the event.

The Australian company will deliver high-speed telecommunications infrastructure at more than 30 Games venues, as well as design and implement the Games’ network to allow connectivity for broadcasting, telephony, internet and cloud services across venues.

Video and audio services will also be provided at 23 broadcast locations, allowing content to be captured on-site and distributed globally via more than 3,500 accredited representatives.

In addition, Optus will provide a managed IP telephony solution for more than 2,200 on-site employees, a contact centre solution and 4G mobile services to allow the Games’ organising committee to communicate in the lead-up to, and during, the event.

“Our technology platform is complex, delivering a range of services across a large number of stakeholders and venues,” Peter Beattie, chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), said. “It needs to be delivered on time, take advantage of efficient solutions and be consistently reliable.

“Optus understands the unique nature of delivering major events with multiple stakeholders to deliver innovative and dependable technology and communications solutions. Having a well-known national brand like Optus join the GC2018 sponsor family with just over a year until the Games provides further support to the ever-growing commercial program.”

The Games will run from April 4-15 next year.