BEIJING - The Beijing Olympics
Call Center opened a hotline on Tuesday to offer information about the 2008
Beijing Olympic Games.
The hotline, which is reached by dialing 86-10-12308, only provides
information about volunteers and the torch relay route at present.
People overseas who want to be volunteers can call the number to seek
information, as the service is offered both in Chinese and English. The service
will be available in more languages during the Games.
The recruiting of foreign volunteers started in March, according to call
More information related to the Olympics, such as detailed information of
sports events, accommodation, medical care, travel and transportation will be
available when they receive authorization from the Beijing Organizing Committee
for the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG), according to the call center.
The hotline can receive 1,050 incoming calls at the same time, according to
the service provider, China Netcom, the country's second largest fixed-line
The call center, which serves as an important communication channel for the
Games, also opened a ticket hotline (952008) and an Olympic commodity hotline
(800-810-0010), both in Chinese and English.
People can call the commodity hotline to find out information about Olympic
goods, for instance, to find out whether the goods they have bought are
authentic. However, people still have to go to franchise shops to buy the goods.
China Netcom also opened a communications bureau here Tuesday to provide
fixed-line communication services exclusively for the 2008 Games.
The bureau will directly provide services including voice, data and wireless
broadband to organizations such as the technological command center of the
Organizing Committee, the Olympic Village, the International Broadcasting Center
and the National Stadium, said Yang Yichun, head of the technology department of
China Netcom has launched a communication network for the Olympic venues and
will connect 19 of them with high-speed communication services, Yang said.
The bureau will start its work by offering services to the forthcoming
pre-Olympic "Good Luck Beijing" test events in August and September, said Zhao
Jidong, senior vice president of China Netcom.