Brazil last year, for one, had over 70 million 3G users – a number expected to grow to 130 million by the end of 2014.
Part of the reason for such an explosion of online connectivity is the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will take place from 12 June and be hosted in 12 of the country’s national stadiums.
However, providing supportive technology to connect tens of thousands of stadium-goers simultaneously is still a challenge. For example, there are pressures for Brazil to accommodate its international guests and ensure that they are able to share their World Cup experience with friends and family back home.
High-density wifi access points, which are mounted under the floor, to the sides and on the roof, are one solution to this challenge. This technology was introduced in 2012, when electronics company Huawei teamed up with Germany’s Signal Iduna Park Stadium (also known as the Westfalenstadion) to provide a full range of networking products, including wireless WLAN access points and controllers, routers and firewalls, so that 40,000 fans could simultaneously connect to the internet.
The Signal Iduna Park was consequently one of the first sporting venues to become known as a Connected Stadium, so-called because audience spectators are encouraged to interact online, via tablet or mobile devices.
Huawei’s WLAN High-Density Stadium Solution provides fast Wi-Fi access for fans and brings the stadium valuable business opportunities. The technology uses professional network planning and optimisation tools to improve accuracy and deployment efficiency. Its High Density Boost also enables better user access, faster transmission, and broader coverage.