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Alexandra Palace in London has deployed a high bandwidth WiFi network across its 11,000 square metres concert and event venue to cope with high volumes of visitors.

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Alexandra Palace in London has deployed a high bandwidth WiFi network across its 11,000 square metres concert and event venue to cope with high volumes of visitors.

Built as the “People’s Palace” in 1873, the historic north London seven-acre Grade II listed venue sits in 196 acres of parkland, and was where the first BBC TV broadcast was made.

Prior to summer 2012 there was no permanent wireless network infrastructure in place at Alexandra Palace with WiFi only provided through case by case installations.

But after a successful deployment of a Xirrus temporary WiFi network across Alexandra Palace during the 2012 Olympics, where the Dutch team used the venue as a hosting centre, the Palace decided to retain and extend the wireless network across its entire event space.

The Palace has now deployed 100 Xirrus Wireless Arrays across the venue to support high bandwidth usage for a maximum capacity of up to 11,000 concurrent users.

Emma Dagnes, commercial director at Alexandra Palace, said: "In today’s market it is imperative for venues to have the ability to provide clients with a reliable and integrated wireless service, ours will ensure our iconic venue continues to attract world-class live events and premier exhibitions."

Dagnes added: "We know that by providing a fast and reliable network service to our clients they will be able to engage in new communication channels, promote their services and take advantage of additional advertising and revenue generating opportunities, such as branded WiFi portals linking directly to their websites.”

Last month the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and sister venue LG Arena in Birmingham unveiled a high capacity free WiFi network to support their 3 million annual visitors. That network was also built on Xirrus technology and can support up to 22,000 concurrent users.

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