Winning football matches and becoming a World Cup champion will be
difficult. But, spreading news of your favorite team's fortunes from
inside many of Germany's stadium sites will be easy, thanks to
world-class wireless network solutions installed by Andrew Corporation
throughout most of the host country's tournament locations.
The 2006 World Cup matches in Germany, one of the world's biggest
multinational sporting events, will bring tens of thousands of football
fans to stadiums in various German cities, all with the expectation that
their teams will do well and their mobile devices will operate
perfectly. To meet these high expectations for network usage, most
German wireless operators turned to Andrew Corporation, a global leader
in communications systems and products, to furnish the indoor coverage
and capacity distribution systems needed to support the high volume of
wireless traffic expected at the month-long tournament, which begins
June 9 in Munich.
Andrew designed, supplied, and installed single- and multi-carrier
indoor coverage and capacity systems in nine of the 12 stadiums to be
used during the games and in metro rail systems in several of the German
host cities. Most major operators in Germany contracted these systems to
ensure enough network capacity to enable the approximately 40,000 to
60,000 visitors per game to call a friend, send a text message or photo,
or download highlights from other games without the risk of overloading
networks and frustrating users.
"The international prestige of the World Cup requires a world-class
solution to ensure that spectators and working journalists enjoy full
network coverage," said Andrea Casini, vice president of Europe, Middle
East, Africa sales, Andrew Corporation. "With Andrew's support, mobile
operators in Germany now can seamlessly handle huge spikes in network
traffic during the matches, while their customers stay in contact with
friends and family during the games, making the spectator experience
that much more enjoyable."
Andrew installed wireless indoor solutions at the following World Cup
sites: Olympiastadion (Berlin), Westfalenstadion (Dortmund), Waldstadion
(Frankfurt), Arena Auf Schalke (Gelsenkirchen), Fritz-Walter-Stadion
(Kaiserslautern), Zentralstadion (Leipzig), Allianz Arena (Munich),
Frankenstadion (Nuremburg), and Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion (Stuttgart).
For several metro railways in World Cup cities, such as Stuttgart,
Cologne, and Hamburg, Andrew also provided optical
multi-operator/multi-band systems of considerable size for distribution
of wireless signals down tunnels and throughout stations, much like is
done to carry signals to hard-to-reach places inside stadiums.
Andrew's ION(TM)-M distributed antenna and repeater system, the coverage
and capacity distribution solution chosen by most of the wireless
operators for these World Cup-related projects, supports the GSM900,
GSM1800, and UMTS frequency bands. The ION-M's flexible design and high
power output resulted in easy customization to the unique spatial
requirements of each stadium and railway, and success in overcoming
outside signal interference. The systems' basic architecture involves
fiber optic and coaxial cables, master and remote units, and other
subsystem products that receive and transmit signals from dedicated
operator base transceiver station radio equipment to customer handhelds
throughout the indoor facility, and vice versa.
"Andrew's indoor wireless solutions include everything from network
planning and system design to equipment supply, installation,
commissioning, and maintenance," said Bob Hudzik, group president,
Wireless Innovations Group, Andrew Corporation. "Ensuring wireless
customers get coverage in signal-challenged venues such as stadiums at
international sporting events, airports and underground rail systems, or
large public buildings and convention centers is one of the things
Andrew does best."
Andrew offers a complete line of robust and field-proven distributed
communications system solutions for difficult coverage areas, tunnels,
metros, and buildings, and has more than 15 years of experience in
designing, installing, and managing large and complex radio frequency
distribution systems for metropolitan railways, building owners, and
public mobile radio and telephone operators throughout the world. Major
projects include the Hong Kong metro, Dallas-Ft. Worth International
Airport, Sydney Olympics, Montreal metro, Turin metro, and Germany's
Inter-City Express high speed rail.
About Andrew Corporation
Andrew Corporation (NASDAQ:ANDW) designs, manufactures, and delivers
innovative and essential equipment and solutions for the global
communications infrastructure market. The company serves operators and
equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew (www.andrew.com),
headquartered in Westchester, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.
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ION is a trademark of Andrew Corporation.
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cause actual results to differ from expected results include
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