Following its earlier announcement of sponsorship, German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) and Huawei today unveiled details of this partnership which BVB-fans will benefit from. As Borussia Dortmund's new "Champion Partner", Huawei will install in Dortmund's "Signal Iduna Park" the probably greatest open-access WLAN infrastructure of this kind. According to Huawei this kind of a wireless infrastructure project is unique in Germany and in this form it will be one of the largest in Europe. Huawei's technology will offer the BVB and its more than 80,000 spectators in Germany's biggest stadium completely new possibilities, that a crowd of about an average town can stably use data services.
It's planned that spectators can post photos out of the stadium, sent messages, discuss moves, goals or player performances with friends in and out of the stadium. Furthermore, Borussia Dortmund announced that it will also create exclusive content for fans, which will be send to the phones right before kickoff.
Above, a video of the legendary south stand (Südtribüne) aka "Die Wand" (the wall), Germany's biggest stand tribune, holding up to 20,000 spectators.
Definitely good news for BVB fans because if you have ever tried to get a mobile connection during a football match in Germany, you know that this is hardly possible over 3G or 4G networks. Therefore it's appreciated to use WiFi instead.
However, neither Huawei nor Borussia Dortmund have unveiled the pricing for the service and it's yet not clear if WiFi access will be free of charge.
Cheers ~ Arne