It is relatively easy to engineer an adequately performing Wi-Fi system that supports day-to-day business administration: it is another thing entirely to deliver a system that can cope with the huge instantaneous demand generated within high-density environments such as from thousands of fans on match days and to keep pace with the rate of data growth over time.
Landways takes advantage of its high capacity, deep fibre core infrastructure to deliver robustly engineered, high density, wireless infrastructure solutions that are correctly dimensioned for the extreme loading experienced on match days.
Landways bases its designs upon Performance Standards that are agreed with the customer at the outset. For wireless connectivity, this guarantees high quality, high capacity coverage in all agreed coverage zones and not just on Day 1; performance is monitored and maintained over the long term.
In the context of Wi-Fi, the Performance Standard is predicated upon:
- The services that must be supported;
- The coverage zones within which the performance standard must be met; and
- The growth of services and data usage over time.
The key to scaling infrastructure that is able to meet the Performance Standard is Landways’ own traffic model. This takes the desired suite of services as an input and calculates the level of processing power within the active infrastructure required to meet that Standard.
As well as traffic modelling, Landways undertakes its own radio modelling to ensure the required coverage across the site and verifying that the antennas and radio units are according to expected growth. In summary:
- Radio engineering ensures coverage and capacity expectations match demand;
- Cell sizes are designed to support the maximum expected frequencies forecast to be used in public (cellular) and private (Wi-Fi) networks over the next 20 years - up to 30GHz;
- The stadium is broken into “Coverage Zones” which are individually modelled; and
- The cells in each Coverage Zone can be subdivided over time to accommodate greater use and higher frequencies (although Landways’ Distribution Points (DPs) are dimensioned at the outset to handle this with minimal disruption).