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Ericsson's Stadium-Optimized Wi-Fi Solution Set to Thrill Aficionados

October 16, 2012


You can watch a sports match, listen to a concert or a musical recital from the comfort of your living room, but can it compare with the joy of attending the event live in a full stadium amid the roars of fans, the clapping of hands and sharing the experience with friends and family?

Not really, and yet there's a snag.

That's because everyone wants to upload videos and photos to social networking sites and SMS at the same time. The sudden increase in traffic is just too much for the network, and instant interaction could be a problem.

But that's not to say it's impossible, as Ericsson (News - Alert) recently launched its stadium-optimized Wi-Fi solution consisting of AP 5114 stadium-optimized Wi-Fi access point and the WIC 8000 Wi-Fi controller, which together create a Wi-Fi network that integrates with the mobile network, noted company officials.

This integration reportedly addresses the problem of user density and interference challenges, and helps deliver a seamless user experience for mobile device users at the stadium. Ericsson's unique approach thus makes it easy for sports fans to share instant replays and multiview content feeds, videos and photos quickly and easily.

"This Wi-Fi solution – which represents our first Wi-Fi product launch since our acquisition of BelAir Networks in April this year – enables stadium owners and managers to provide fans with the same options that they have when watching events at home,” said Dave Park, head of Wi-Fi product line at Ericsson.

With Wi-Fi fully integrated into mobile access and core networks, users will have access to high-performance mobile broadband, regardless of whether they are connected over 3GPP or Wi-Fi.

Operators will thus be better positioned to optimize user experience.

Mobile data traffic, especially video, is predicted to increase tenfold between 2011 and 2016, and given the popularity and ubiquity of Wi-Fi on mobile devices, operators are beginning to deploy their own Wi-Fi networks.

In such a scenario in which user density is great, a wide range of wireless solutions are required to address all of the coverage and capacity requirements – and Wi-Fi plays an important role. Ericsson appears to be well ahead with its heterogeneous network.

 Ericsson's next-generation Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) is designed to accelerate the adoption of cloud and video services in today's increasingly connected homes, while simultaneously reducing the operational cost of operators' fixed broadband IP networks. It does this by using the Smart Services Router (SSR 8000) family as a platform.

Edited by Braden Becker