Published on April 5th, 2013 | by Alexis Argent0
Liverpool Football Club Installs ‘Premier’ Xirrus Wi-Fi Network at Anfield Stadium to Improve Fans’ Match Day Experience
Xirrus have announced that Liverpool FC – one of the world’s most historic and famous football clubs – has deployed its Wireless Arrays at Anfield, the home of the Club since its formation in 1892. The first phase of the deployment covers the two-tier, 12,000-seat Centenary Stand and adjoining corporate facilities, enabling fans to access and share digital content during games as never before.
The Xirrus wireless array range is a versatile wi-fi solution designed to fit different needs. The wireless array range include the XR1000 series, the XR1000H series, the XR2000 series, the XR4000 series, the XR500 series and the XR6000.
The Wi-Fi network will be available to Liverpool fans for the home game against West Ham on Sunday 7 April. By offering Wi-Fi to its fans, Liverpool is hoping to improve their overall match day experience and encourage them to share the excitement of the game with the global Liverpool fan base. It also opens up a new way for Liverpool to gain insight and feedback from its fan base which hasn’t been possible up to now.
Running our own data network based on Xirrus technology means we can provide our fans with a dedicated, robust and high quality experience.” said Andrew Robinson, Head of Digital Media and Technology at Liverpool Football Club. “The added reliability and performance of high capacity Wi-Fi over 3G connections will encourage our fans to use social networks like Twitter and Facebook to share their experiences with fans unable to make it to the game.”
“We looked at a number of options, but decided to go with a leader in this space. Xirrus combines a flexible range of wireless hardware solutions with the capability to handle huge capacity and bandwidth demands. Robinson explained. “Xirrus has very innovative technology that allows us to prioritise key applications and connect more devices to the network by optimising Wi-Fi spectrum usage. These factors are critical to our long-term vision of providing our fans with the best match-day experience possible.”
This is not only a highly prestigious deployment, it’s also technically demanding, and we’re naturally pleased that Liverpool FC has recognised that Xirrus is the best option on the market” said Sean Larner, VP International at Xirrus. “Stadia such as Anfield require specialised high capacity wireless networks to ensure an acceptable user experience for a very large number of concurrent users and devices.”
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