Ruckus Wireless announced today (24 September 2013) that it has been selected by a consortium of four Latin America mobile network operators to provide Wi-Fi equipment in two of Brazil’s largest soccer stadiums.
Operators Claro, Oi, Telefónica, and TIM will deploy Ruckus indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi products and technology in the Estádio Nacional de Brasília (formerly known as Estádio Mané Garrincha), a 71,000-seat stadium in the federal capital Brasília, and in Arena Octávio Mangabeira (also known as Arena Fonte Nova), a 50,433-seat stadium located in Salvador, the capital of the north-eastern Brazilian state of Bahia.
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.
Estádio Nacional de Brasília
To ensure reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi throughout the two stadiums, including all outdoor seating areas and indoor concourses, Comba is deploying over 360 Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor access points (APs), with over 200 in Estádio Nacional de Brasília. For the outdoor seating areas of Estádio Nacional de Brasília, 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, one of the industry's highest capacity, highest performing three-stream APs designed for carriers and enterprises requiring increased wireless performance and capacity, particularly within high-density environments.
Arena Octávio Mangabeira
For the Arena Octávio 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 Estádio Nacional de Brasília and Arena Octávio Mangabeira networks with Ruckus ZoneDirector 5000 controllers—highly scalable, high-end wireless LAN (WLAN) controllers that support up to 20,000 clients each, 1,000 APs and 2,048 WLANs—in combination with the Ruckus FlexMaster service management platform.
“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.
“After careful examination of the available Wi-Fi technology on the market, we found that Ruckus provided a true carrier-class solution designed explicitly for this high-density application – with devices capable of supporting hundreds of simultaneous users.”