Have you ever tried to fill a drinking cup with hundreds of liters
of water? There just isn’t enough room. So what’s the solution? You either have
to reduce the total volume, or get a bigger cup.
It’s a simple capacity metaphor, but since the advent of smartphones and
the deluge of wired and wireless data flooding networks everywhere, this is the
primary challenge facing stadium infrastructures. At larger stadiums like Stade de France in Paris—which has
hosted the FIFA World Cup and is capable of supporting well over 80,000 fans
for a concert or a sporting event—the sheer magnitude of the capacity challenge
rises exponentially. It’s the equivalent of attempting to support an entire
city’s worth of wireless data needs during a single match or performance.
texts to tweets to video and more, sports fans love to share their game-day
experiences with family and friends. With
5.5 million website visitors, 220,000 fans on Facebook and another 40,000 on
Twitter, Stade de France was no
exception. When fans began voicing their desire for a better experience, Stade de France leadership listened and
partnered with CommScope to transform its existing network infrastructure into
an innovative flexible, world-class solution.
That sounds great, but how does it impact
the fan experience?
After 70 miles of CommScope cabling, more
than 950 Wi-Fi access points and 40,000 DAS connections, the “cup” of available
bandwidth for France’s premier live entertainment destination transformed into
a reservoir. Fans can share their experiences on social networks in real time.
Media outlets can broadcast major events without interruption. Advertising
spend is smarter, more flexible and relevant. Security is tighter because
communication is faster.
Above all, the stadium’s new network is
designed with future needs and new technologies in mind. So whether an epic
match happens tomorrow or in 2026, Stade de France is more than ready to handle
the incoming data tsunami.
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helps Stade de France strengthen its reputation as Paris’ premier live