With an increasingly strong demand growing for access to outdoor wireless connectivity at the Copa Claro (News - Alert) Nokia Tennis exhibition matches recently held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Estadio Tigre Tennis center holding the event deployed Hong Kong-based Altai Technologies’ (News - Alert) super Wi-Fi solution to offer attendees broadband wireless connectivity. Clara, the main sponsor of the event, was responsible for providing wireless broadband connectivity to the working staff for the ticket accreditation service as well as the press members covering the event.
According to company officials, it ultimately selected Altai’s super Wi-Fi technology due to its superior performance and high reliability. The Altai A8, A8Ei, A8i and A2e were installed on a cellular tower to provide stable and high speed Wi-Fi connectivity.
Because the Copa Claro Nokia (News - Alert) tennis exhibition featured matches between Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro, which were attended by over 40,000 fans and hundreds of journalists, it drove the overwhelming demand for rapid wireless connectivity.
In a statement, Bill Wong, CTO and acting CEO of Altai Technologies commented, “We are proud to be selected as the technology partner for such an important event. Using cellular architecture similar to GSM, Altai equipment provides significantly larger coverage and higher throughput capacity than standard Wi-Fi access points. Interference is managed through an adaptive interference control system, which allows A8 series super Wi-Fi base stations to co-locate with 2.5G/3G cell sites. As a result, it has greatly shortened the deployment time.”
In addition, Wong added that the robust technology delivered savings in terms of site acquisition costs, site rental, wired backhaul costs, and radio planning work.
In fact, the wireless network covered the entire site where the event was being held with most traffic being generated by the photographers/journalists uploading pictures, videos and news reports together with the ticket validation system. The Estadio Tigre Tenis center is located in the town of Tigre, Buenos Aires of Argentina with a maximum seating capacity of 20,000.
Altai claims that its super Wi-Fi solution has proven to work successfully in both urban and rural applications, tier-one carriers and vertical markets including container ports, airports, hotels, shopping malls, campus in over 60 countries.
As we are now fully engulfed in a New Year, there are a number of standards-based wireless solutions currently in the market, which include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, and ZigBee. A recent market report revealed that the number of standards-based connectivity chips shipped will exceed five billion in 2013.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein