Fujitsu, Huawei kick goals for AFL's Gold Coast Suns

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Fujitsu, Huawei kick goals for AFL's Gold Coast Suns
Metricon Stadium

Fujitsu and Huawei have delivered a new wi-fi and digital content system for Metricon Stadium, the home ground of AFL's Gold Coast Suns.

Huawei, a sponsor of the Gold Coast team, announced that the new technology would provide "high bandwidth", "super fast" wi-fi and a Metricon Stadium app that would deliver content directly to the fans at the venue.

"In order to provide a quality and stable experience for a stadium network, Huawei and Fujitsu engineers applied leading 3D planning tools within the wi-fi designing and programming," said the vendor's announcement.

The cost of the project was not disclosed. The work was delivered as a joint venture between Fujitsu Australia, Huawei Australia, Metricon Stadium and the Gold Coast AFL franchise.

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Fujitsu ANZ chief executive Mike Foster said his company was "pleased to have played a key role" in the project: "The fan experience around the stadium will be raised to another level with unprecedented connectivity."

Metricon Stadium, in Carrara on the Gold Coast, holds 25,000 people. Huawei said the Agile Stadium solution utilises "high-performance network equipment capable of speeds far beyond the industry average" to cater for "dense crowds".

The system has previously been deployed in large soccer European soccer stadiums such as Germany's largest, Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, and the home of Netherlands' Ajax club, Amsterdam Arena.

"I am really proud Australians can now also enjoy a different viewing experience while cheering for their team," said Huawei Australia chief executive Xichu Zhao.

Gold Coast Suns chief Andrew Travis said that the last touches to the stadium app were under way.

"We are finalising development of a customisable Metricon Stadium app that will not only deliver a rich content experience, but also enhance the overall delivery of such standard activities such as purchasing merchandise, providing exclusive food and beverage offers, ticket upgrades, and delivering on our promotional activations," he said.

Metricon Stadium, formerly known as Carrara Stadium, will host the athletics, and opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Gold Coast Suns entered the Australian Football League in 2011. The team has only managed four victories out of 22 games this year.

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