Four cricket grounds get a Wi-Fi upgrade in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:
Old Trafford was one of the stadiums which has seen its Wi-Fi upgraded ahead of the fourth Ashes Test match

Four cricket grounds – Old Trafford (the venue for the next Ashes Test Match), Durham, Trent Bridge (in Nottinghamshire) and Bristol County Ground – have had their public Wi-Fi networks upgraded by telent, in time for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2019, which ran from 30 May to 14 July.

Sky chose telent as its partner to upgrade the legacy Wi-Fi infrastructure for the venues and the work consisted of the design and deployment of cabling, switches and access points for the Sky Wi-Fi solution, following an agreement between Sky UK with the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Further upgrades are set to be completed at additional cricket grounds across the UK, with telent responsible for surveying the grounds, designing and installing the networks.

“The Cricket World Cup is one of the biggest events in the sport and saw thousands of fans from across the globe gather at a number of stadiums in the UK,” said Chris Weeden, sales director – groups at Sky UK. “With fans who attended the cricket matches wanting to share every moment, whether it be by live streaming on social media or downloading matchday-related content, a seamless user experience is a top priority for the ECB. We chose to work with telent as the team has a proven track record of delivering the reliable, high-quality, end-to-end service at the scale required, in a timely manner.”

Shani Latif, sales director at telent, said: “As a big cricket fan I am delighted that telent has delivered and enhanced the Wi-Fi experience for fans across the country, complementing England’s thrilling brand of cricket from the World Cup and The Ashes series so far. We have unique expertise in delivering secure and reliable Wi-Fi infrastructures even in the most challenging environments and can deploy robust network architecture cost-effectively and quickly to upgrade sports venues’ Wi-Fi, meeting strict project deadlines and ensuring fans enjoy the ultimate user experience.”

telent has also delivered a new Wi-Fi network for a Premier League football club in London to enhance visitors’ experience. The upgrade was integrated with the club’s existing core network and legacy Wi-Fi infrastructure which had become unfit-for-purpose.

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