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Olympics powered by HD communication

January 27, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

home_img1_2008_olympics.gifCisco-logo.gifChina_Network_Communications.jpgChina will adopt a high-definition video communications system during the Beijing Olympic Games in August - the first of its type in Olympics history.

Cisco Systems Inc. signed a deal with China Netcom, the official Olympic communications service provider, in Beijing yesterday to implement Cisco's TelePresence 3000 system during the Games.

The high-definition video communication system, including HD camera, three 65-inch plasma screens, a phone, IP network and specially-designed furniture, provides 1,080-pixel image quality, at least eight times more vivid than normal systems.

"The Cisco system will help us improve our 'broadband Olympics' strategy and ensure the stability of the communications during the big event," Zhao Jidong, China Netcom's vice president, said in a statement.

Cisco's system will be installed in China Netcom's headquarters and its data center just near the National Stadium, or Bird's Nest.



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