Olympic network gears up for testing

Telstra is hoping to "shake out" any potential problems from its so-called Millennium network for the Olympic Games as it moves into the testing phase next month, officials said yesterday.

Speaking at the official launch of the Millennium Network, Brian Pilbean, Telstra's national general manager, Olympic 2000, said the network is largely constructed and will be tested in the coming months.

A cluster of test events are scheduled for September.

Pilbean said stress testing systems early was a lesson Telstra had learnt from previous Games.

According to Pilbean, Telstra's provisions for the Olympics covers a number of networks: transmission, switched, three for mobile, one for cable TV, a number for data, plus international links and a trunk radio system.

Pilbean said "virtually" all elements of the Millennium Network will be tested. This includes telephony, data, mobile and in particular the trunk radio system.

"[The trunk radio system] will be a major means of communication for games administration and security personnel," he said.

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