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guest post to CommScope Blogs by Bob Slorach, CTO of the Wireless Infrastructure Group. Opinions and comments provided in this guest post, as with
all posts to CommScope Blogs, are that of the author and do not necessarily
reflect the views of CommScope.)
The 2018 World Cup is upon us and I can only imagine the spikes in data
usage as fans take selfies, share Facebook Live game highlights and WhatsApp
their friends with minute by minute game updates.
CLICK TO TWEET: Go behind the scenes on how the Wireless Infrastructure Group is delivering connectivity to football fans at Anfield Stadium.
Fortunately, fans who recently attended the highly-anticipated
international friendly at Anfield Stadium, Brazil versus Croatia, in early June were able to
benefit from improved connectivity at Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool
Football Club. These football
enthusiasts could keep up to date with the latest news, get sporting results
and share images of their time at Anfield whilst attending the game.
venues like football stadiums need dedicated wireless infrastructure. Liverpool
Football Club’s focus on improving connectivity for its fans has been key to
the success of the activation of 4G
mobile services across Anfield Stadium.
A behind the scenes look at designing and deploying a stadium-wide network
Stadiums are a complex radio environment and present
unique challenges in providing reliable wireless connectivity. During a concert or sporting event, tens of
thousands of mobile users create a massive surge of demand on the wireless
network. Without dedicated connectivity solutions correctly scaled to support
the venue capacity, the available data rate per user can be reduced to such an
extent that mobile services are unsatisfactory or even unusable.
Infrastructure Group (WIG) delivers high capacity neutral-host infrastructure
in busy and often challenging locations and this is only possible through
trusted relationships with the UK’s mobile operators and with venues such as
When Liverpool Football Club wanted to improve the matchday
experience for its fans, WIG engaged with CommScope to
transform Anfield Stadium’s existing network infrastructure into an innovative
flexible, world-class solution.
WIG turned to CommScope’s fibre-connected distributed
antenna system (DAS) as the ideal solution to meet mobile data capacity needs. This involves the installation of a specialized
antenna network connected to remote units throughout the venue. The remote units, which distribute coverage
and capacity throughout the stadium are connected by fibre to a master unit which
receives signals from dedicated base stations.
Together, we found the ION-M DAS solution could provide the
required support for multiple operators delivering multiple frequency bands and
technologies via one unified fibre connected platform. The ION-M DAS solution
is fully integrated into WIG’s remote monitoring platform to ensure highest
levels of service availability to the end users.
The network was successfully tested during the last few games of the
season, enhancing the match day experience for fans, visitors and
DAS solution has been dimensioned to handle multiple terabytes of data over the
course of a game. The DAS solution was implemented in just 22 weeks from the
start of planning to go-live, including 19 weeks for installation.
CommScope installed 215 specialized antennas and deployed over 28 kilometers of
copper and fibre optic cables.