RESEARCH PAPER: Extreme Networks Powers The College Fan Experience And Beyond

By Will Townsend, Patrick Moorhead - January 23, 2020

A number of challenges must be overcome in order to deliver Wi-Fi connectivity in sporting venues. Material construction consisting of steel and concrete tends to impede wireless propagation. The sheer number of connected devices also puts immense pressure on network performance, given the tendency for fans to utilize streaming services as well as to upload photos and video content to social media channels. And, surprisingly, the fans themselves deaden signals given the physiology of the human body and its high composition of water. As a result, football stadiums, baseball fields, and basketball, hockey, and soccer arenas must invest in antennas in the form of chair rails, MatSing balls and distributed antenna systems (DAS), as well as expensive densification technology, including weatherized access points and repeaters. The additional cost associated is often only affordable at the professional sporting venue level.

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Table Of Contents:

  • Executive Summary
  • West Texas A&M University's Vision
  • Why Extreme Networks
  • Call To Action

Companies Cited:

  • Extreme Networks
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Instagram
  • National Football League (NFL)
  • Twitter
  • West Texas A&M University (WTAMU)
Will Townsend
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Will Townsend manages the networking and security practices for Moor Insights & Strategy focused on carrier infrastructure providers, carrier services, enterprise networking and security. He brings over 30 years of technology industry experience in a variety of product, marketing, channel, business development and sales roles to his advisory position.

Patrick Moorhead
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.