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The Olympic Games is an event that puts exceptional demands on telecommunications. There were three key factors in the structuring of the telecommunications: the users, the sites and the purposes for which they were to be used there. The number of users determined the dimensioning of the telecommunications systems and networks. The number and location of the sites determined the geographical scope of the network of fixed services and the coverage of the mobile services. The type of use determined the type of information and communication and the support required, whether voice, data, images or control signals.

It was necessary to provide networks for private use within the territorial units and to integrate them into public networks inorder to link them with the rest of the world. Hence, the media at Barcelona’92 could transmit the results of the competitions around the world from their commentary positions, from the press areas and from the television cameras and studios. A variety of transmission methods was used, including fibre optic,coaxial and parallel cables, radio links,satellites and infra-red.

The initial studies helped to define the projects that constituted the architecture. The Barcelona Computing and Telecommunications Study (BIT’92) laid down a general framework for its development. Later, the COOB’92 Master Plan identified, with the corresponding budget allocation, each of the projects that was later to be implemented in the organisational phase. These projects were divided into three project areas:

  • Public telecommunications

This area consisted of the following projects: final service terminals, services with direct access to the public network, tariffs and usage, and transmission services. The common denominator of all these services was their support by the Telefónica public network.

  • Private telecommunications

The Olympic telephone network was a key project that provided exclusive voice and data communication for the Olympic organisation throughout the geographical area in which the Games took place.

  • Radio communications

This are consisted of three projects: mobile radio communications, the paging system and wavelength management.

(Text taken from the Official Report of the Barcelona ’92 Games)

Selected resources

BIT'92 : proyecto de planificación de las necesidades informáticas y de telecomunicaciones de los JJ.OO. de 1992

BIT’92 : proyecto de planificación de las necesidades informáticas y de telecomunicaciones de los JJ.OO. de 1992. [Barcelona] : Oficina Olímpica de Barcelona’92, 1986

Guía de servicios de telecomunicación : XXV Olimpiada

COOB’92 (1991) : Guía de servicios de telecomunicación : XXV Olimpiada. [S.l.] : Telefónica

Telecomunicacions Barcelona'92

Telecomunicacions Barcelona’92 = Telecomunicacione Barcelona’92. [S.l.] : Sots-Direcció General de Tecnologia i Infraestructures. Divisió de Telecomunicacions i Electrònica, 198-?

Deu anys després : la tecnologia en els Jocs Olímpics

Pastor, Ferran ; López, Jordi (2002): ” Deu anys després : la tecnologia en els Jocs Olímpics”, Barcelona : l’herència dels Jocs (1992-2002), Barcelona : Centre d’Estudis Olímpics, Editorial Planeta S.A., Ajuntament de Barcelona, p. 321-341





Tecnologia : Barcelona'92, les estratègies de la tecnologia

López, Jordi, Pastor, Ferran (1995): “Tecnologia : Barcelona’92, les estratègies de la tecnologia”, Les claus de l’èxit: impactes socials, esportius, econòmics i comunicatius de Barcelona ’92, 1995, p. 244-259


In the repository

In the Municipal Contemporary Archive, you can consult the administrative and management documentation generated on this topic by the Organising Committee Barcelona’92, SA (COOB’92), Holding Olímpic SA (HOLSA), Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc SA (AOMSA) (Olympic ring), Vila Olímpica SA (VOSA) (Olympic village) and the Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística SA (IMPUSA) (municipal Institute of urban development).

If you need further information on the collection, read the collection guide.

In the library

In the libraries of the study centres of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation (FBO) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) you can find the selection of listed documents and other bibliographic materials on the subject.

If you are interested in knowing more about our Olympic collection, you can consult the Union Catalogue of Catalan Universities (UAB collection) or contact us by e-mail (FBO collection).

Sports in pictures

If you are interested in images of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Barcelona’92, the Image Service of the Olympic Foundation of Barcelona will help you identify the images that satisfy your needs.

The Foundation manages the official image archive of the Barcelona’92 Games. You can contact them by email to request more information about the services provided and the collection of images. In this page, we offer a selection of images on the event.