Australian telecommunications company Optus has agreed a deal to take on the naming rights to the main aquatics sports venue at this year’s Commonwealth Games, which will take place in the Gold Coast region of the country.
The newly-named Optus Aquatic Centre will play host to a series of swimming and diving events at the multi-sport event, which runs from April 4-15.
Optus already had a deal in place to serve as the official support network of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and is also a principal partner of the Swimming Australia national governing body.
As part of its wider involvement in the Games, Optus will provide the event’s communications infrastructure and managed services, which will include a permanent upgrade of 4G services around the Optus Aquatic Centre.
In addition, Optus will boost network coverage during the Games by deploying two portable ‘Cells on Wheels’ at venue.
Ian Smith, vice-president at Optus and executive lead for the Commonwealth Games, said: “Our network infrastructure at the Optus Aquatic Centre will allow fans to share every gold medal moment as it happens to their friends and family around the world.
“Optus is committed to providing a great experience for all athletes, support staff and fans during the Commonwealth Games and our network investment in the Gold Coast will benefit its residents and visitors well after the completion of the games.”
Peter Beattie, chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, added: “Optus’ commitment to GC2018 and Australian sport in general needs to be publicly applauded. They’re backing the Commonwealth Games, supporting our champion swim teams and investing in the Gold Coast to leave a lasting legacy for locals.”