The Excel Arena

  • Description:

    Implementation of a multi-operator cellular coverage solution throughout ExCel London

  • Requirement:

    Seamless coverage and high capacity for London 2012 and beyond

  • Solution:

    A multi-sectored active DAS providing extensive voice and data capability throughout the venue.

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Located in the heart of London’s Royal Docks, ExCel London is the UK’s most flexible event space and home to London’s only International Convention Centre, ICC London. The centre is owned by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) whose portfolio also includes the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and the Al Ain Convention Centre.

ExCel London is the host venue for a variety of events from award winning exhibitions and conferences to international association meetings, product launches, award ceremonies and sporting events. The venue is part of a 100 acre campus with three on-site DLR Stations, easy access to the Jubilee Line and London City Airport and with parking for 3,700 cars. ExCel London was one of the key off-Olympic Park venues for London 2012, providing arenas for table tennis, judo, boxing, weight lifting and fencing.

Given the high footfall nature of the events held at ExCel London, the requirement for a robust, high capacity cellular coverage system for the centre is paramount. This was particularly driven by a requirement to provide seamless coverage and data capacity for all UK MNO for the Olympics in 2012 including front- and back-of-house coverage for the Olympic Family Mobile Service (OFMS) provided by O2 during the games.

CAM’s main client was Arqiva who owned and operated a legacy system within the centre. The system was not fit for purpose for London 2012 and beyond. In addition, CAM worked closely with ExCel, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the UK MNO to ensure the delivery of a system that provided the required levels of coverage and capacity in time for June 2012 and the Olympics.

Download the full case study here – CAM_ExCel_CS