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Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:40

Australian Open Wi-Fi and social traffic soars


Wi-Fi traffic at last month's Australian Open tennis tournament was up sixfold on 2014.

As previously reported, tennis fans at this year's Australian Open were able to take advantage of an Aruba Wi-Fi network that provided public internet access across Rod Laver arena and Margaret Court Arena.

But it wasn't just about the spectators: Wi-Fi access was also provided for players, coaches, match officials, media representatives, and administration and medical staff.

Aruba and Tennis Australia have revealed a range of statistics about the use of the network and the tournament's online presence.

  • The network included more than 170 Aruba 802.11ac access points.
  • Wi-Fi traffic was 7TB, approximately six times greater than in 2014. To put that in an international context, the 70,000 spectators at last weekend's NFL Super Bowl in the US got through 6.23TB of Wi-Fi data in one day.
  • iOS accounted for more than 60% of devices connecting to the network, with Android a long way behind at just under 20%.
  • 55% of users registered for access using their email addresses, and 45% used their Facebook login (on the first day).
  • The site recorded more than 13.5 million unique visitors during the tournament period (excluding the men's final).
  • The official Australian Open App was downloaded 1,199,509 times.
  • @australianopen was followed by 711,319 Twitter users.
  • The Australian Open Facebook page reached 1,549,586 likes.

"Each year, we see more and more fans as well as players and coaches bringing smart phones and tablets into our venues," said Tennis Australia CIO Samir Mahir (pictured).

"They want to track live scores, follow matches on other courts, watch video replays, review player statistics, look at player photos and engage on social media.

"The Aruba Networks Wi-Fi solution is the conduit for delivering high speed access to compelling content onsite."

He added "Public facing Wi-Fi is no longer a luxury, demand from spectators means it is now a necessity. We are dedicated to meeting these demands alongside Aruba Networks."

If you've read this far, you may be interested in this Aruba video featuring Mahir talking about the network.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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