STC delivers WiFi to King Abdullah Sports City
Visitors to King Abdullah International Stadium can now connect to Aruba WiFi network
Sports fans at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah are now able to access a WiFi network to connect during sporting events.
Spectators at the 62,000 capacity King Abdullah International Stadium can connect to the WiFi network, which is provided by STC, based on wireless technology from Aruba.
The WiFi network enables data connectivity for users, taking pressure off of 3G/LTE networks carrying voice communications.
STC reports that both spectators and King Abdullah Sports City officials have been impressed with the network performance.
Eng. Nasser S. Al Nasser, SVP, Technology & Operations at STC said: "As per Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, we are very pleased to offer world class services to our customers enjoying sport events. Since its opening two years ago, King Abdullah International stadium has been widely acclaimed and praised for its elegance, supported by STC's 3G and 4G (LTE) networks. However, the popular demand for much faster Internet connectivity, prompted us to take the decision to deploy a high performance Wi-Fi network in order to offer high-speed Internet access to spectators.
"After evaluating the leading vendors, STC decided to opt for Aruba's technology, due to its market leading capabilities based on 802.11ac product line, and due to the implementation partners (BMC) a local leader in the field," he added.
Alain Carpentier, EMEA Vice President, at Aruba said: "We are thrilled to have won this prestigious project, continuing the close and strategic business association we have with STC. The 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology embedded into our high density Access Points and operated by our feature-rich software will enable spectators at the stadium to connect to a smart, secure, stable wireless network that will give them a world class Wi-Fi experience."