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IT departments get ready for World Cup bandwidth drain

IT departments across the UK will be struggling to keep business processes flowing as staff soak up bandwidth watching World Cup matches online this month.

The BBC will be streaming first stage games, which start this week, over the internet. Director of sport Roger Mosey said, “We know a lot of online viewing is done in the office, so we suspect this will allow people both to do their job and to keep up with the very latest action from Germany.”

Network supplier Avaya has connected 12 stadia for the event.

With 45,000 connections, 30,000 devices and support for over 15Tbytes of data, Avaya said it was the largest converged network ever built for a sporting event.

Meanwhile, online gambling exchange Betf air has extended the use of its Business Objects system from 60% of its business to more than 90% of it over the last 12 months.

The company expects betting revenue to be at least four times greater than it was during Euro 2004.


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