From the start of the 2009 AFL season, visitors to the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will have access to free wireless Internet thanks to national broadband company Internode.
In fact, Internode delivered its wireless network ahead of schedule in order to ensure WiFi coverage was available for people attending the Sound Relief bushfire fundraising concert, held at the MCG on March 14.
Internode has signed a three-year contract with the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) to provide free wireless Internet access throughout the MCG. Internode has voluntarily extended its network coverage to provide free wireless web browsing to any MCG visitors with a WiFi-capable notebook, device or mobile phone. This includes access for players, staff, administrators, media, corporate clients and the general public.
As the MCG’s Preferred Internet Service Provider, Internode is managing 26 existing wireless access points throughout the MCG.
The non-game day hospitality business is also thriving at the MCG, it being the venue of choice for a wide variety of functions, conferences, receptions etc, throughout the year. Internode’s WiFi coverage is also available at no charge to the many thousands of people who annually visit the MCG on non-game days.
The MCG is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Australia. As well as hosting approximately 50 AFL games per year, including finals, it offers a world-renowned stadium for international and domestic cricket. During 2008, the MCG had more than three million visitors to sporting and other events.
“This partnership with Internode has helped us to improve the services we offer and enhance the experience for visitors to the MCG,” said MCC General Manager, Commercial Operations Lisa Trainor. “We have worked collaboratively with Internode to ensure a robust WiFi offering is widely available throughout the venue. It helps the MCG remain a destination of choice, not just for visitors to attend sporting events and concerts, but also as a valuable tool for the many businesses and corporate guests who use the WiFi service on other days throughout the year.”
Internode National Sales Manager Daryl Knight said the MCG wireless network would build the Internode brand in Victoria. “By introducing our Internode brand into the world’s greatest sporting arena, we will raise the profile of Internode’s business and corporate solution capabilities to key business decision makers in Melbourne and nationally,” he said.
Internode’s MCG wireless network is linked to Internode’s national network backbone, which will also support the MCC’s every-day Internet access requirements. To guarantee at least 99.5 per cent uptime, Internode has re-designed the existing wireless network to provide redundancy in access technology.
Internode is also providing free public web access to anyone within the MCG with a wireless-enabled laptop or mobile device. All visitors to the Internode wireless service will access the facility via an Internode and MCG co-branded landing page.
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