Mobile consortium and Ruckus kicks off stadium Wi-Fi

Ruckus Wireless has been selected by a consortium of four Latin America mobile network operators to supply indoor/outdoor smart Wi-Fi products and technology for stadium Wi-Fi initiative in Brazil.

Claro, Oi, Telefonica, and TIM Team with Comba Telecom will bring high capacity smart Wi-Fi to Brazilian ‘Futebol’ fans.

Two of Brazil’s largest soccer stadiums: Estadio Nacional de Brasilia (formerly known as Estadio Mana Garrincha), a 71,000-seat stadium in Brasilia, Brazil’s federal capital, and Arena Octavio Mangabeira (also known as Arena Fonte Nova), a 50,433-seat stadium located in Salvador, the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia will have Wi-Fi connectivity.

Comba Telecom Systems, a leading supplier of infrastructure and wireless enhancement solutions to mobile operators and enterprises, will deploy, operate and manage the Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure on behalf of the consortium.

To ensure reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi throughout the stadiums, Comba is deploying over 360 Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points (APs), with over 200 in Estadio Nacional de Brasilia. For the outdoor seating areas of Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Comba has chosen 96 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782-N APs, and 45 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7762-S APs.

For Wi-Fi coverage in the stadium’s indoor concourses and other enclosed areas, Comba is deploying 72 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 indoor access points. For the Arena Octavio Mangabeira, Comba is deploying a combination of over 150 indoor and outdoor Ruckus ZoneFlex APs, including 31 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782-N, 62 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7762-S, and six Ruckus ZoneFlex 7762 omni-directional outdoor APs, and 52 Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 indoor APs.

Comba is managing both the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia and Arena Octavio Mangabeira networks with Ruckus ZoneDirector 5000 controllers that support up to 20,000 clients each.

“In high-density environments like these, it’s imperative we deploy Wi-Fi technology that we know can handle an extremely high number of concurrent client connections,” said Patrik Westfalk, managing director, Comba Telecom Caribbean and Latin America.

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