Sling Broadband Provides Vital Communications for Volvo Ocean Race

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Miami, Florida is the only North American port-of-call for the six yachts competing in the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race, one of the world’s top sailing races. Miami’s own Sling Broadband is providing all of the communications links for the special event being held to celebrate the race and host the racers.

Miami, Florida is the only North American port-of-call for the six yachts competing in the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race, one of the world’s top sailing races. Miami’s own Sling Broadband is providing all of the communications links for the special event being held to celebrate the race and host the racers.

Organizers of the “Sea and Be Seen” event expect over 150,000 visitors to the Downtown Miami Race Village at Bicentennial Park, May 6 to 20, 2012. Participants can enjoy the many cultural and entertainment presentations, interactive games and the chance to see these spectacular 70-foot long sailing vessels and their 11-person crews when they arrive in Miami.

For an event of this size and complexity, reliable communications is vital to its success. Sling Broadband utilized its extensive experience in temporary event communications to set up all the communication systems needed for the international press center and the entire Downtown Miami Race Village.

Sling Broadband provided telephone and PBX service, including point-of-sale and credit card transaction communications to serve all the event sponsors, vendors and exhibitors. Using its “SlingSpot” public Wi-Fi system, Sling Broadband also enabled Internet service throughout the Race Village.

More importantly, Sling Broadband arranged the critical high-bandwidth communication links between the racing yachts and the monitoring helicopters throughout the North American leg of the race. These communication connections are vital for both the safety of the racers and for broadcast of the race status and results. Imagine the technology needed to keep both the ships and aircraft in constant contact while all are traveling at a high rate of speed out at sea.

The Volvo Ocean Race began in Alicante, Spain on October 29, 2011. The race travels around the world and includes stops at a total of ten ports. Following the port-of-call in Miami, the yachts will continue on to Lisbon, Spain and Lorient, France before racing to the finish line in Galway, Ireland in July 2012. Over the entire span of the race, Volvo estimates as many as six billion people will follow the competitors’ progress.

Throughout the race, the status of the yachts will be broadcast on television and covered extensively with social media channels. Sling Broadband’s communications experts will ensure that race organizers, the media and fans will have real-time information for the Miami leg of the race.

Sling Broadband is an industry-leading, privately held, Internet Service Provider based in Miami, Florida. Sling Broadband’s innovative network was designed specifically to deliver fast and flexible high-bandwidth solutions to businesses. Since its inception in 2006, Sling Broadband has dynamically expanded to become a top ten national service provider in over 30 major markets.

Today Sling Broadband is one of the largest carriers of data traffic in North America, providing businesses worldwide with a reliable data network, outstanding service and a simple, competitive rate structure.

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