NEW YORK (Tuesday, February 19, 2002) – Avaya (NYSE: AV), a leading global provider of voice and data networks to businesses and an official sponsor for the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, the FIFA Women's World Cup 2003 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, today announced that it is broadening its comprehensive support for soccer through a new sponsorship and technology agreement with the U.S. Soccer Federation – the governing body for the sport in the United States. To mark the occasion, Don Peterson, chairman and CEO, Avaya, joined U.S. Men’s World Cup team star Cobi Jones, U.S. Women’s World Cup star Brandi Chastain, and Dan Flynn, secretary general, U.S. Soccer Federation, at the New York Stock Exchange today to ring the opening bell.
Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Avaya will become a sponsor and “Official Provider of Voice and Data Communications” for the Federation. The company joins an elite group of companies in support of the U.S. teams, including: Anheuser-Busch, Chevrolet, Gatorade, Havoline, Hershey, Lego Systems Inc., Nike and Phillips Electronics.
In addition, Avaya has agreed to help the Federation raise funds for the sport's first U.S. National Training Center and is serving as title sponsor for a U.S. Soccer Foundation Benefit Dinner to be held later today in Washington, D.C. Avaya will provide the communications infrastructure for the state-of-the-art facility, to be built in California. Avaya’s Services division will manage the installation and on-going maintenance of the communications network.
Avaya began its involvement with soccer as a sponsor of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup™, to be held from May 31 through June 30 in Korea and Japan. As the FIFA World Cup's™ first “Official Convergence Communication Provider,” Avaya is providing one of the world's largest voice and data networks for use by FIFA officials, referees, journalists, athletes, volunteers and other participants at the games.
The Avaya network represents a number of “firsts” for FIFA. It marks the first time that FIFA is using voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology at an event. It's also the first time a communications network will support simultaneous FIFA World Cup matches in two countries, providing more than 120,000 connections among 20 stadiums, two international media centers and two FIFA remote headquarters locations.
Like the FIFA network, the communications infrastructure for the new U.S. training center will feature Avaya’s Enterprise-Class IP Solutions (ECLIPS) portfolio, a family of systems that delivers the efficiency and cost savings of converged voice and data communications.
"Avaya is pleased to be a corporate partner for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s World Cup teams,” said Don Peterson, chairman and CEO, Avaya. “Our new relationship with U.S. Soccer builds significantly on our existing partnership with FIFA and on the communications solutions we’ve designed to support the sport across a global venue. We look forward to bringing that experience to U.S. Soccer as we equip its first training center with technology that will help it communicate more effectively.”
"We are pleased to welcome Avaya into the U.S. Soccer family as a corporate sponsor,” said Dan Flynn, secretary general, U.S. Soccer Federation. "With continued financial support from corporations such as Avaya and our other sponsors, the future of our sport has never been brighter for all of our National Team programs. We’re looking forward to working closely with Avaya as we continue to finalize details surrounding our National Training Center, and as our Men’s and Women’s National Teams compete in the upcoming 2002 World Cup and 2003 Women’s World Cup.”
About the U.S. Soccer Federation
As the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, U.S. Soccer Federation has helped chart the course for the sport in the USA for 89 years. In that time, the Federation’s mission statement has been very simple and very clear: to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. To that end, the sport’s growth in the past 20 years has been nothing short of remarkable, with U.S. Soccer managing 11 different National Teams, from Under-16s Boys’ and Girls’ teams up through the Men’s and Women’s World Cup sides. In the 1990s, U.S. Soccer served as the host federation for World Cup USA 1994, the highest attended event in FIFA history, and as the host federation for the most successful women’s sporting event in history – Women’s World Cup 1999. Founded in 1913, U.S. Soccer now has the largest membership among U.S. Olympic Committee national governing bodies.
Avaya Inc., headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., is a leading global provider of voice and data networks as well as communications solutions and services that help businesses, government agencies and other institutions – including more than 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500® – excel in the customer economy. Avaya offers Customer Relationship Management Solutions, Unified Communication Solutions, Service Provider Solutions, MultiService Networking Infrastructure, and Converged Voice and Data Networks - including the company's no-compromise Avaya Enterprise-Class IP Solutions (ECLIPS) - all supported by Avaya Services and Avaya Labs. Avaya is the worldwide leader in unified messaging, messaging systems, call centers and structured cabling systems. It is the U.S. leader in voice communications systems and services. Avaya is an official sponsor for the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, the FIFA Women's World Cup 2003 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments. For more information about Avaya, visit its Web site at http://www.avaya.com.