Ericsson launches stadium-optimised Wi-Fi solution

MOBILE

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Ericsson launches stadium-optimised Wi-Fi solution

By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya

Ericsson has launched a new Wi-Fi solution that would enable high-speed sharing of photos and videos from populated social events.

The new Ericsson product is a stadium-optimized Wi-Fi solution which consists of two products - the AP 5114 stadium-optimized Wi-Fi access point and the WIC 8000 Wi-Fi controller – which together create a Wi-Fi network that is integrated with the mobile network.

Social networking and Video apps are used heavily during major events such as sports matches and concert and mobile traffic in stadia is usually high.

To offer a seamless experience for mobile device users at stadia, the stadium-optimized Wi-Fi solution addresses user density and interference challenges to deliver high-performance coverage for mobile video and data apps.

According to Dave Park, Ericsson’s head of Wi-Fi product line, the innovation is in response to the fact that attending a sports match, concert or other event in a full stadium is a great experience that many people instantly want to share with friends and family – for example – uploading videos and photos to social networking sites, interacting via Facebook, Twitter or SMS during such events can sometimes be challenging due to the sudden increase in network traffic.

In its Traffic and Market Data report, Ericsson forecasts that mobile data traffic will increase 10-fold between 2011 and 2016, mainly driven by video.

This predicted growth, combined with the popularity and ubiquity of Wi-Fi on mobile devices, has created a trend toward operators deploying their own Wi-Fi networks. Given that social networking and video apps are used particularly heavily during major events, mobile traffic in stadiums is especially high.

The result is that, from the operators’ perspective, stadia are like very dense metropolitan “villages” that require a wide range of wireless solutions – such as small cells, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi as a complement to the existing macro network – to address all of the coverage and capacity requirements.

“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, including instant replays and multi-view content feeds. Our solution meets all of the requirements that operators have for comprehensive, coordinated and integrated wireless coverage in stadiums,” said Mr. Park.

Delivering additional radio network capacity and coverage through the deployment of small cells as part of a heterogeneous network is central to most mobile operators’ mobile broadband strategies, and Wi-Fi is a key element. With Wi-Fi fully integrated into mobile access and core networks, users will enjoy seamless access to high-performance mobile broadband, whether they are connected over 3GPP or Wi-Fi, and operators will be able to choose connectivity to optimize the user experience.

The Global Market Forecast report released by Strategy Analytics in February 2012 states that by 2015, annual sales of Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets will reach 1.7 billion units.  Meanwhile, Ericsson’s Traffic and Market report predicts that mobile data traffic will grow with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of around 60 percent (2011-2017), driven mainly by video. 



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE MOBILE NEWS

Glo unveils 9G Bumper Data Offer for subscribers

Globacom has unveiled a new bonus data offer for millions of its subscribers. The new package which has a validity period of one month also gives 9 gigabytes of data for every subscription worth N4,000. Read More

Unitel to launch VoLTE with SRVCC in Angola

UNITEL in Angola has successfully completed the first call through the LTE network (VoLTE - Voice over LTE) with continuity of the call in case of handover. Read More

Vodafone Ghana Grand Prize winner takes home GHS100, 000

It was an emotional moment for the winners of Vodafone “Yee Twi Kɔ” promo recently. Read More

MTN seeks relationship restoration with NCC

MTN has expressed a desire to restore its relationship with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), insisting that it has the highest regard for the regulator regardless of the current situation in the industry. Read More

LTE network launched commercially in Somaliland

Alepo announced today that Somcable, a major communications service provider in East Africa, has officially gone live with LTE in Somaliland. Alepo completed this LTE project in collaboration with Airspan. Read More

MTN launches first 4G LTE network in Cameroon

MTN has invested close to 60 billion FCFA over eight months to develop the first 4G network in Cameroon. Read More

ASUS enters Nigeria with ZenFone family

The ZenFone family from ASUS has made its entry into the Nigerian market. Read More

Samsung unveils Gear S2 in Kenya

Samsung Electronics East Africa has announced the next evolution in wearable technology with the introduction of the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. Read More

Tigo Tanzania launches 4G LTE

Tigo subscribers in Tanzania can now enjoy the fastest internet connection following the unveiling of the company’s 4G LTE service in the country.  Read More

Airtel Ghana commences 12 days of giving

Airtel Ghana culminates its impressive year of charity and goodwill with a programme led by employees to enrich the lives of individuals and communities, dubbed “Airtel 12 Days of Giving”. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks Unlimited

FEATURED STORY

Viber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats Viber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats

Viber, one of the leading messaging and calling apps with more than 664 million unique users worldwide, has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East. 

IN DEPTH

Poised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year WinnerPoised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year Winner

Roshi Motman is not your average CEO. Since taking up the reins as the first female CEO of Tigo Ghana in 2014, she has led the Tigo brand through a remarkable transformation.