Cisco, a global leader in secure networking technology, has become the official network equipment partner of the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Under the partnership, Cisco will deploy its networking solutions across various venues in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, ensuring secure and reliable connectivity for the LA28 Games.

Additionally, Cisco will leverage the Olympic and Paralympic Games to fulfil its mission of powering an inclusive future by creating opportunities for people in Los Angeles through new and existing social impact programmes. 

This includes the Cisco Networking Academy, which offers networking and network security training and has educated over 20 million students globally since its inception in 1997. In Los Angeles, Cisco currently operates 35 active academies, supporting 34,000 students to date.

Francine Katsoudas, Chief People, Policy and Purpose Officer at Cisco, said: “We are thrilled to bring Cisco’s networking technology, powered by AI, to the LA28 Olympics and Paralympics. The Games have become a powerful symbol of representation for the world, embodying the principle that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to compete. 

“We can’t wait to use our expertise to securely connect these globally beloved events, leave a lasting positive impact on Los Angeles, and amplify the ideals of organisations like Cisco who seek to foster an inclusive future for all.” 

Cisco has a long history with the Olympics and Paralympics, serving as an official partner since 2012. The company has connected and protected athletes, fans and stakeholders at the London (2012), Rio de Janeiro (2016), Tokyo (2020), and is set to be in Paris (2024) Games later this summer.

Although most of the sporting world’s eyes will be focused on Paris, topics around LA28 have started to heat up, especially around boxing. 

Earlier this month, the International Boxing Association (IBA) criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for barring boxers from federations affiliated with the IBA from participating in the LA28 Olympic Games, labelling the decision as a “disgraceful lack of respect”.

Casey Wasserman, LA28 Chairperson and President, commented: “Connectivity is going to be integral as we plan to deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games all throughout Los Angeles. 

“Cisco’s leadership in the industry and experience will enable us to provide the best and most seamless experience for our athletes, fans, partners and community at large.”

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