Olympic Stadium Gets Wireless Internet Boost
Stadiums are discovering a lot of value in having wireless Internet connectivity. Giving patrons the ability to watch different camera angles of the game currently in progress, as well as the ability to order snacks and drinks from seats, are making things more efficient and providing a better experience overall. The Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, is taking a cue from this and calling in TE Connectivity (News - Alert) (News - Alert) to further bolster its own connectivity options.
With the FlexWave Prism, the system can support 32 separate sectors of 900, 1800, and 2100 MHz service across not just 4G, but even 3G and 2G service for three separate mobile operators. This combination of services helped ensure that the huge crowds at the European Games-reportedly capacity crowds besides-managed to get strong, useful signals regardless of location and the crowd around such users.
The system also boasts 42 remote units to provide the best in coverage and capacity, not just for the main bowl area of the stadium, but also for the parking areas and the back-of-house sections. Reports suggest that, at peak usage, the system provided 40 gigabytes of download traffic, as well as 15 gigabytes of upload and a whopping 4,000 users just on one carrier's 3G access.