Upgraded WiFi networks at cricket grounds across the UK

4th September 2019
Alex Lynn

telent Technology Services has delivered high-density public WiFi to Old Trafford, the venue for the next Ashes Test Match. Sky chose telent as its partner to upgrade the legacy WiFi infrastructure for hundreds of thousands of fans at the cricket grounds in time for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2019. 

The project saw telent complete the design and deployment of cabling, switches and access points for the Sky WiFi solution, following an agreement between Sky UK with the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Fans will enjoy the enhanced WiFi experience at the fourth Ashes Test Match, which will be taking place at Old Trafford from September 4th to 8th. Under the contract, deployments were also completed at Durham, Trent Bridge, in Nottinghamshire, and the Bristol County Ground in addition to Old Trafford. Further upgrades are set to be completed at additional cricket grounds across the UK, with telent responsible for surveying the grounds, designing and installing the networks. 

Chris Weeden, Sales Director, Groups at Sky UK, said: “The Cricket World Cup is one of the biggest events in the sport and saw thousands of fans from across the globe gather at a number of stadiums in the UK. 

“With fans who attended the cricket matches wanting to share every moment, whether it be by live streaming on social media or downloading matchday-related content, a seamless user experience is a top priority for the ECB. We chose to work with telent as the team has a proven track record of delivering the reliable, high-quality, end-to-end service at the scale required, in a timely manner.”

The project is the latest win in the sporting arena for telent, which has also delivered a new WiFi network for a Premier League Football Club in London to enhance supporters’ experience on matchdays. 

The WiFi upgrade was integrated with the club’s existing core network and legacy WiFi infrastructure which had become unfit-for-purpose. telent has also provided the 4G coverage for a major national sporting venue, which hosted a world title boxing match and provided unrestricted access for attendees. 

Shani Latif, Sales Director at telent, said: “As a big cricket fan I am delighted that telent has delivered and enhanced the WiFi experience for fans across the country, complementing England’s thrilling brand of cricket from the World Cup and The Ashes series so far! We have unique expertise in delivering secure and reliable WiFi infrastructures even in the most challenging environments and can deploy robust network architecture cost-effectively and quickly to upgrade sports venues’ WiFi, meeting strict project deadlines and ensuring fans enjoy the ultimate user experience.”

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