Posted on October 07, 2019

Ooredoo – which acted as National Partner of the event – said it considered the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 an all-round success from a telecommunications perspective.

The market-leading telecommunications operator worked with the IAAF and Khalifa International Stadium to ensure the fan experience was unrivalled, with access to incredible connectivity, the fastest speeds and reliable voice calling. Its service provision was made possible by its groundbreaking 5G network and state-of-the-art fibre, as well as teams of qualified, experienced experts on the ground.

Khalifa International Stadium was equipped with the latest mobile technologies including Elastic Cloud Radio Technology and Antennas with High Order MIMO to provide the best possible customer experience, with more than 60 experts in the Ooredoo Operation Centre and more than 40 experts on site in the stadium itself. The Ooredoo network delivered 40 TB mobile data traffic with a user download speed of more than 30 Mbps, while the voice network was able to handle some 2 million voice calls serving more than 200,000 customers throughout the Championships. Set-up success rates were a record high, in excess of 99.6%, with a less than 0.1% call drop rate.

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The stadium was prepared with more than 600 of the latest Smart antennae, and an interruption-free services was delivered through 350 km of state-of-the-art fibre. Ooredoo reports its teams were able to achieve network phone speeds of up to 1.37 Gbps in the Fan Zone and 700 Mbps inside the stadium, using its pioneering 5G network. Customers also enjoyed ultra-fast speeds of 1 Gbps and more in the Villaggio Food Court, and more than 50,000 spectators enjoyed in excess of 15 TB of free internet usage across the championships. Getting footage of the Championships out to a wider audience, KDDI, China Unicom and Eurovision used Ooredoo’s transport network to broadcast the event.

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\Speaking of the success, Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi– Chief Operating Officer at Ooredoo – said: “We’re beyond proud to have acted as National Partner for such a prestigious international event, and delighted to have worked with the IAAF to bring the Championships to Doha. We’ve seen some phenomenal athletics throughout the week, including some incredible performances from Qatari athletes. Overall, the event was a resounding success. We’re very happy to have been able to showcase some of our state-of-the-art, best-in-class technologies and services at the event and are confident these technologies and services greatly enhanced overall fan experience. We look forward to the next big sporting event in Qatar, and to continuing our support for the sports world.”

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