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Rugby World Cup 2015 | Internet and Connectivity

As experts in high-density event WiFi solutions, noba were called upon to design, install and manage the WiFi network across the hospitality areas at Twickenham Stadium for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The network had to be robust enough to support up to 3,000 guests, staff and EPOS devices across the site.

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Planning, Install and Integration

Our initial install consisted of a dual dish, load balanced satellite broadband and managed WiFi network to support the construction and project management team working in temporary cabins on the build site. From here we were able to plan and schedule the complex cable install and also design the WiFi network using our industry leading, advanced wireless network planning software.

Working closely with Avondale Construction Ltd over a 10 day period, we installed and configured an enterprise level, high density, fully managed Ruckus WiFi network.

We were contracted by the construction team to provide two different solutions:

1. To provide stakeholders with the ability to communicate during the construction and subsequent de-construction of the additional facilities via the use of satellite WiFi.

2. Provide WiFi capability to the main hospitality structures, for the 10,000 places provided and the live support, to make sure that this service was maintained throughout the event.

Nick Curran, Managing Director of Avondale Construction Ltd was really pleased with our work on this project.

“Both services were provided in a professional and flexible manner within the strict time constraints demanded. Both ourselves and our client, Rugby Travel & Hospitality appreciated the hands-on approach Noba took on this contract, particularly the quick turn-around when additional services where required.”

The End Result

The fully managed Ruckus WiFi network was integrated with a branded splash page, which users were presented with at first logon. This enabled valuable data capture and acceptance of usage terms and conditions.

Via our cloud based analytics system we were able to present the organisers with detailed network information including total number of users at any one time, type of devices used, sites visited and the amount of bandwidth used.

As well as 24-hour remote monitoring, we also provided a senior event network engineer who was onsite for every live game for added peace of mind. As the space was being used for a variety of purposes including corporate meetings, hospitality and retail, network uptime was key to the smooth operation of the venue.

We’re pleased to say that throughout the Rugby World Cup the network proved faultless, with zero down time. With thousands of gigabytes in traffic passing across our network and the 100Mbps synchronous leased line providing the internet connectivity, this project was another great success for noba.

For more information on our connectivity solutions for live events, please contact us.

Posted 8th April 2016