Ericsson have unveiled a new WiFi solution which enables visitors to sports matches and concerts to access the internet while in a stadium. The problem when your normally at a mass public event is that the network is overcrowded meaning that no-one can access the internet.
The new "Stadium WiFi" solution developed by Ericsson uses both a stadium-optimized Wi-Fi access point and a WiFi controller. Together the two devices enable Ericsson to offer a WiFi network which is integrated into the mobile network. The end-result is that stadium visitors will then be able to send text messages, browse Facebook and the internet inside the stadium without problems.
More and more people are using smartphones to browse the internet with every passing day so the demand in public places is only set to become more intense, so solutions such as Ericsson's will become more and more important.
The spread of 4G LTE should help to soften the increasing pressure on the mobile networks to provide data, but other solutions such as small-cell technology are likely to prove a major part in proving mobile broadband until the new high-speed network is rolled out.
By Simon Thomas on 17th October, 2012