London Stadium has kicked off plans to deliver the fastest free stadium Wi-Fi in the UK to sports and entertainment fans, following a tie-up with O2 Business and Cisco.
The new London Stadium Wi-Fi network will deliver high-speed internet to every seat in the UK’s most successful multi-use venue, allowing users on any network to remain connected throughout every event day.
As part of a major improvement project, London Stadium’s original fibre backbone infrastructure from London 2012 has been enhanced with new high-speed data cabling. Designed, installed and tested by O2 Business, the new Wi-Fi access points use similar technology to that in use at The O2 Arena, Twickenham Stadium and the Coca-Cola London Eye.
As part of the introduction, the system will be tested during November and December, prior to a full launch in February 2020.
Graham Gilmore, CEO, London Stadium, said: “It’s our ambition to be the most connected stadium in Europe, and the delivery of super-fast Wi-Fi is just the beginning of these plans. We’re committed to providing a world-class event day experience all year round, whether you visit London Stadium to watch Premier League football, Major League Baseball, international athletics, or an amazing concert, our goal is for fans to have access to the fastest Wi-Fi of any stadium in the UK, direct from their seats.”
Katy Liddell, Director of Business Sales & Service, O2, said: “We’re very proud to be working with London Stadium to deliver fast, free, High Density Wi-Fi in such an iconic, multi-purpose venue. We know how important it is for people to rely on consistent connectivity, wherever they are – and we’re looking forward to helping sports and entertainment fans benefit from a seamless Wi-Fi service at every event and fixture.”
The project has been aided by London Stadium’s unique architecture, too. Using the venue’s cantilevered roof and gantry, O2 Business has installed a bespoke overhead antenna design to support Cisco’s High-Density Stadium Wi-Fi hardware, allowing blanket coverage for every seat.