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London Stadium signs WiFi agreement with O2 and Cisco

LONDON, ENGLAND - (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

London Stadium has signed a deal with telecommunications giants 02 and networking hardware company Cisco to make high speed WiFi available to those attending events at the venue.

Premier League club West Ham United are set to benefit from the agreement as tenants of the stadium. The service will be made available at its home matches from February of 2020 when it is set to be launched.

All other events which take place at the venue such as Major League Baseball’s London Series and international athletics will also be able to avail themselves of the WiFi infrastructure.

The technology builds on that used at the stadium for the 2012 Olympics and is similar to that used at other venues in the English capital including The 02 Arena, Twickenham Stadium and the London Eye.

The chief executive of London Stadium, Graham Gilmore said: “It’s our ambition to be the most connected stadium in Europe, and the delivery of super-fast WiFi is just the beginning of these plans.’’

The search for a naming rights sponsor for the venue is ongoing, with recent reports suggesting it is losing an estimated £3m per year because of the lack of a naming partner.

Network operator Vodafone was a strong contender for the rights in 2017, but backed out because the range of events at the stadium was reportedly not attractive enough for marketing purposes.

The integration of technology from O2 and Cisco would rule out other telco partners as potential stadium partners.