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5G is here and ensuring a seamless and high-performance experience to fans at stadiums and arenas will be a game changer.

In this age of digital and mobile consumption, fans expect an experience enhanced by their mobile devices. Globally, sports venues are seeing a 67% growth in data usage year over year. This represents a major opportunity for service providers to deliver enhanced networks in stadiums and arenas to ensure their subscribers are well connected.

But how can we connect these fans? Many challenges present themselves in stadium environments:

  • Traditional coverage solutions do not scale well
  • Adding capacity requires headend expansion
  • Remote unit and coax installation is expensive
  • Difficult to provide cost effective capacity densification where needed

Ericsson’s Connected Stadium portfolio, ensures these problems are mitigated:

  • Reduced headend footprint and power
  • Scalable capacity
  • Co-existence with existing DAS
  • Cell split via Combined Cell
  • Full feature parity across network
  • Software upgradeable to support other technologies

Creating the perfect event experience

Ericsson is already assisting operators at major events all over the world, allowing us to build up deep insights into user behaviors, sentiments and expectations. Ericsson has developed key competencies to address what it takes to ensure high quality end-user services at big events - a combination for success.

Sports Venue – Capacity Densification

Legacy DAS solution

  • Capacity scaling  limited by interference
  • Antenna location options are limited
  • Premium field level seating impacted the most

Stadium low power coordinated, under-the-seat small cells - capacity densification layer

  • Significantly higher capacity 
  • Improved and consistent experience
  • Location based services; 3-5m accuracy from UTS
  • Complement existing DAS

How do you connect a stadium?

Under the Seat Connectivity with Radio Dot System

Small cells will be required to densify stadiums.  With a small form factor, and under the seat options, the Radio Dot System is a perfect fit for delivering 5G in stadiums. 

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Ericsson and Telefónica connect 5G at famed Camp Nou stadium

Camp Nou in Barcelona is a legendary football stadium, home to some of the world’s most passionate fans and one of the world’s most dominant football clubs--and now it’s connected with 5G.

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MTS and Ericsson see fans go crazy for video upload at football tournament in Russia

Preliminary results are in from Europe’s largest roll out of Massive MIMO - by Ericsson and Russian telecommunications operator and digital service provider MTS - at several stadiums and locations at the global football tournament in Russia.

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Want to connect your stadium?

If you’re looking for information on how we can help you connect your commercial or industrial real-estate.

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We help operators to challenge the challenge

Our wide portfolio of capabilities provide necessary means to help operator succeed

  • integrated solutions between macro and indoor coverage which simplifies operations and improves the performance of indoor/stadium coverage
  • solutions that are tailor made for each venue size to maximize the performance of each invested dollar. We have everything from high performing products to comprehensive services solutions covering needs prior, during and post events
  • assistance to ensure high quality end-user services with key competence in planning, design, deployment, optimization and fault management via thorough preparation and quick reaction on intense traffic impact - Key Event Experience
  • cloud solutions that help operators/service providers move dedicated content close to the stadiums to make the delivery of popular content more efficient and cost effective
  • LTE broadcast solutions to broadcast specific and popular content to consumers in dense areas. Improves performance and opens up new business models and revenue opportunities

Manage user experience

This service is designed to assist operators in maintaining high levels of service by providing competence in the areas of planning, design, deployment, optimization and fault management.

Ericsson Key Event Experience

Boost coverage and capacity

Small cell as-a-service addresses the rising expectations on indoor coverage, voice quality and mobile data performance by enabling new business and go-to-market models, multi-operator solutions and asset monetization in a cost efficient way.

Network sharing and small cell as-a-service

Broadcast at the event

LTE broadcast delivers the same content to multiple users with the capability to support a virtually unlimited number of users simultaneously, thereby maintaining efficient use of spectrum and network investments.

LTE broadcasting

High traffic outdoor areas

This multi-standard outdoor micro base station addresses the need for additional mobile broadband capacity in high traffic areas.

Micro Base Station, RBS 6501

Remote Units and AIR

Ericsson Radio System can be adopted to specific operator needs, in order to enable better Multi-band, Multi-standard and Multi-layer sites in distributed, centralized, or any other type of configuration.

Ericsson Radio

Indoor pico base stations

This high performance indoor Pico Cell offering three standards (LTE, WCDMA and Wi-Fi), 10 frequency bands and up to 300 Mbps LTE carrier aggregation.

RBS 6402

5G use case and network evolution

Networks are evolving to meet the needs of new use cases with different demands on mobility, data rates, latency, reliability and device density. In the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, we explore how networks are evolving to meet these requirements.

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