First Wi-Fi enabled stadium in SA via G-Connect

The Golden Lions Rugby Union in partnership with WirelessG (G-Connect) announced that, in preparation for the rugby test between South African and New Zealand, Ellis Park Stadium has become the first public Wi-Fi enabled stadium hotspot in South Africa.

As part of its launch, G-Connect will sponsor free Wi-Fi connectivity to all main-stand spectators for this coming Saturday’s rugby Test.

The G-Connect Wi-Fi Hotspot at Ellis Park Stadium will be proclaimed as the first ‘Sport Stadium Wi-Fi Hotspot’ of its kind available to the public in South Africa.

“This new G-Connect Wi-Fi innovation will provide connectivity relief in high congestion sport stadiums, and change the way real time sport entertainment is offered in this country,” said Carel van der Merwe, Wi-Fi entrepreneur and CEO of WirelessG comments.

“Spectators will soon be able to watch replays, listen to referee decisions and expert comments. All the excitement and energy inherent in a live entertainment environment such as this weekend’s Springbok Test will be disseminated via social media instantly from thousands of different angles”.

Manie Booysen, CEO of the Golden Lions Rugby Union, said that he is “thrilled at the opportunity to offer Wi-Fi to supporters and staff at the stadium in future.”

Technical details

WirelessG and Ruckus Wireless have teamed up to deploy the G-Connect Wi-Fi hotspot at Ellis Park with the possibility of expanding this new initiative to various stadiums throughout South Africa.

The Wi-Fi network design facilitates a 10 Gigabits per second network capacity, which will be required for content rich onsite broadcasting to mobile devices.

All access points use 802.11n technology which is specifically designed and installed for high density environments.

G-Connect hotspot in Ellis Park is capable of facilitating “Wi-Fi Offloading” to mobile operators to relieve 3G and GSM in-stadium congestion during high density events. WirelessG will engage with Mobile operators in the near future in this regard.

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First Wi-Fi enabled stadium in SA via G-Connect