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While the athletes were the stars of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a host of telecoms and IT service providers did the heavy lifting behind the scenes to share the moments of glory to a huge worldwide audience.


  • The Rio Olympic Games were the first edition of the Games to be hosted in South America. Comprising 42 sports, 306 competitions, and 11,000 athletes across 37 arenas, the size of the event cannot be underestimated. Nonetheless, it was the global reach of the Games that demonstrated its true scale. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) estimated that audience to be close to 5 billion viewers, and the telecoms and IT infrastructure were absolutely crucial in making the show happen.

Features and Benefits

  • Examines how technology companies support the preparations for the Olympic Games.
  • Explains how technology companies can benefit from involvement in the Olympic Games.

Key questions answered

  • What can companies such as America Movil, Cisco, and Microsoft Atos gain from involvement in the Olympic Games?
  • What is the role of technology in the legacy of the 2016 Olympic Games for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The challenges of delivering world-class infrastructure
  • Building an Olympic-standard telecommunications network
  • Wi-Fi: from plain connectivity to analytics
  • Technology can help the IOC reduce the cost of the next Olympic Games
  • A smart city project is part of the Olympic legacy


  • Further reading
  • Author

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