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Manchester's MEN Arena chooses Extricom

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Europe's Biggest Indoor Arena enjoys Gigabit download speeds and over 20,000 simultaneous users with Extricom WLAN deployment

Ticket holders and performers are now able to access a seamless high speed Wi-Fi network using Extricom's unique Channel Blanket(tm) technology across all public areas plus the back stage and loading areas of the Manchester Evening News Arena.
The 20,000 seat arena is Europe's largest indoor concert arena and the flagship of SMG Europe, the largest operator of indoor entertainment arenas in the UK, with venues across Europe, controlling over 75,000 seats in ten operational facilities.
In the first decade of the new millennium the MEN Arena sold more tickets than any other venue in the UK and has hosted world class artists - including this year's star-studded Children in Need Rocks concert, sporting events and stand-up comedy.

Challenge
Developments in Internet technology have revolutionized the entertainment industry. For any venue, there are now numerous stakeholders needing access to the Internet simultaneously. Touring shows are increasingly reliant on the Internet to download graphics and video before performances, whilst audiences and journalists alike now expect to be able to access the Internet via mobile and hand-held devices.

Solution
Working with Extricom, On-Communications designed and installed a bespoke system and network infrastructure for the arena that included 6 x EXSW1600 Switches, 64 EXRP30n Access Points and 30 of Extricom's unique EXRE PoE Range Extenders. The network is now capable of delivering high capacity wired and wireless Internet access as well as powerful multimedia LAN services for mobile devices inside the arena.

Result
Seamless mobility for Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices Gigabit download speeds for in-house WiFi content Over 20,000 simultaneous users Improved artist and fan experience.

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