Glasgow Rangers Football Club is rolling out a new Wi-Fi network to enable fans and visitors to get online during matches.
It is investing a seven figure sum into the deployment, choosing technology from Chinese firm Huawei to take the strain from local mobile networks and bring a higher quality connection.
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The project will begin in August at the Ibrox stadium but it will be a slow roll-out, perhaps even block by block in the stands, due to the season starting soon and other logistical factors.
However, a spokesman from Huawei said the work should be completed early next year, bringing connectivity to more than 50,000 of the clubs supporters, covering the stands, approaches, concourse, restaurants and corporate areas.
The club will deploy hundreds of access points - Huawei's AP6510DN for outdoors and AP7110DN for indoors - alongside ethernet connectivity based on S7700 edge and S5700 core Ethernet switches and wide area network (WAN) routers.
Craig Mather, CEO of Rangers, said: "Rangers Football Club is rightly proud of its tremendous fanbase, which has stood by the club through thick and thin and we aim to provide our supporters with a world-class Wi-Fi service to enhance their match-day experience.
“More and more people are using smart devices as a primary means of communication and we look forward to revolutionising the way Rangers fans can engage with the club before, during and after the match.”
As well as general internet access, supporters will also get access to exclusive competitions, merchandise, talks with the team and management, and details on future events.
“The high data capacity that Wi-Fi delivers will allow Rangers fans to use social networks to share their experiences, as well as allowing the club to enhance its ‘digital dialogue’ with its supporters,” said Victor Zhang, CEO of Huawei UK.
“We are very proud to have been chosen to deliver a new channel of communication between Rangers and its supporters.”