STARTING FROM SCRATCH
In addition to investing in a telecom infrastructure, Russia is spending billions to upgrade Sochi’s electric power grid, transportation system and sewage treatment facilities. “The whole town is nothing but a constantly changing, $50 billion construction site; for instance we’ve seen the road outside our hotel be torn up at least four times. As for modern IT infrastructure? There was none to speak of. We have really had to start from scratch, right down to the laying of conduit before we could even begin installing fiber and cabling,’’ says Dean Frohwerk, Avaya’s Chief Network Architect.