Spark powers Westpac Stadium's technology upgrade

Thursday 20 April 2017 | 11:27 CET | News

New Zealand operator Spark has signed an agreement to become Westpac Stadium’s official technology partner. Spark has also been awarded the initial groundwork of a stadium-wide technology upgrade. The upgrade is part of the stadium’s revamp, in which it is redesigning the spaces visitors enter as well as the experiences they have before, during and after attending an event.

Spark and Huawei will install Wi-Fi connections through all areas of the stadium. Huawei has previously delivered similar upgrades for Borussia Dortmund in Germany and for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The Westpac Stadium upgrade will see 24km of new cabling laid, along with the installation of around 300 access points. The entire seating area is being covered by 350 directional antennas, allowing around 20,000 people to connect to the WiFi concurrently, supported by a 20 Gb/second fibre backbone running around the stadium. The upgrade project is scheduled for completion in July.

In cooperation with Eyemagnet, Spark will also deliver IPTV and content management to the WiFi services. As official technology partner, Spark is developing a mobile site that will make immediate use of the upgraded network with some initial experience features.

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