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Transformation of sports and entertainment venues with private wireless

Transformation of sports and entertainment venues with private wireless

The number of people assembling and engaging at sports stadiums and entertainment venues have skyrocketed over the recent years. Ensuring a seamless experience for customers and flawless operations at these venues is a must. The need for a stable wireless network has never been more critical. This requirement can be bridged using private wireless, which provides optimum connectivity and coverage for those who need it.

A recent study conducted by Morning Consult, in collaboration with Nokia and Verizon, found that private wireless can help in giving priority bandwidth to VIP guests for their devices (cited by 44 percent). Moreover, it can prioritize real time communication at sporting events to avoid congested Wi-Fi or Mobile networks (cited by 42 percent), and finally, it can ensure faster and more reliable contactless and digital payment (cited by 41 percent).


To get fans off their couches and into the venues, seamless wireless connectivity has become essential. This has completely changed how one experiences a live event. Imagine having to yell about positioning and tactics from the sidelines when coaching a soccer team or entering a stadium without knowing where to find a parking spot for your car. What if there was a way you could communicate with the team or other coaches in a stadium full of people and receive a notification that directed you to the nearest available parking spot?

Private wireless enables a whole range of services to sports and entertainment venues. From simple tasks like buying a ticket, parking, digital signage, critical staff communications, geo-locators, interactive fan engagement, cashless transactions, and surveillance, to real-time data analytics. While 48 percent of the people believe that it can offer reliable, secure connectivity for operation-critical communication, 41 percent believe that it can enable real-time and uninterrupted status equipment, assets, and infrastructure. The best way to cost-effectively implement the widest range of Industry 4.0 applications while providing the stability and security of typical ethernet cables is- Industrial-grade private wireless. 97 percent of senior and IT decision-makers feel confident that there would be a role for private wireless networks in their business in the near or distant future.

Asset tracking, a dependable and secure connection, and a single network for voice, video, data, and Internet of Things applications are all features of Verizon's Private Wireless Network solution, which is based on Nokia's Digital Automation Cloud (DAC).

Today's environment requires constant connectivity to function normally. It is more of a need than a luxury to have access to devices and apps whether working, traveling, or enjoying a sporting event or concert. It is the ability to give visitors continuous, unobstructed wireless access in a confined area that draws visitors to a venue. Private wireless will be crucial in sports and entertainment venues worldwide as interactive in-house experiences demand networks to supply more capacity, bandwidth, and lower latency.

Learn more about Nokia Digital Automation here: Nokia Digital Automation for industrial campus | Nokia

Brian Mecum

About Brian Mecum

Brian Mecum is currently a Vice President for Verizon, the largest wireless company in the United States. Brian oversees the Device Technology organization, driving 4G and 5G device ecosystems for future network evolution while optimizing existing device performance and architecture including the LTE-M, NB-IoT, and CBRS networks. Brian is responsible for tracking Verizon and industry network technology plans and ensuring that the connected objects roadmap across business channels is enabled to support the technical and business needs of the corporation. In this role, he works in collaboration with the Verizon Radio Network Planning group to ensure the device and connected objects alignment with network future-state infrastructure and capabilities. This is done in collaboration with OEMs and device manufacturing stakeholders to identify and address new-device network requirements in conjunction with standards bodies (3GPP, GSMA, etc.) to lead the development of industry standards for new products and device technology.

David de Lancellotti

About David de Lancellotti

David de Lancellotti is Vice President of Enterprise Campus Edge Business, CNS Cloud and Network Services at Nokia.

Since 2001 David has been in sales leadership roles within the Verizon Sales Team. David is a dynamic and successful leader who started his journey in sales at Lucent Technologies as part of the Verizon Sales Team and has taken various leadership positions through the company’s evolution as it merged with Alcatel and now with Nokia. During a brief stint during 2019, David led Nokia’s North America Enterprise Sales Team delivering the highest sales in its history. David’s previous notable leadership assignments within Verizon Sales Team were Head of Verizon West Market responsible for Optical and IP Routing, and Head of Mobile Networks Field Sales delivering $6B in sales for the company.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Redlands.

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