Orange strengthens the Matmut Atlantique internet network, a real “technological challenge”

Orange strengthens the Matmut Atlantique internet network, a real “technological challenge”
Orange strengthens the Matmut Atlantique internet network, a real “technological challenge”

The stands of the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux will soon be occupied by thousands of spectators, from July 24, on the occasion of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, during which Bordeaux will host seven matches of the Olympic football tournaments, including a quarter of men’s final.

“We are ready,” says Philippe Arnoud, Orange regional delegate in the New Aquitaine sector…

The stands of the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux will soon be occupied by thousands of spectators, from July 24, on the occasion of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, during which Bordeaux will host seven matches of the Olympic football tournaments, including a quarter of men’s final.

“We are ready,” says Philippe Arnoud, Orange regional delegate in the New Aquitaine sector. The French telecommunications company positions itself as the official supplier of the global sporting event. A “premium partner” that will support connectivity, collection and distribution of images through innovative technological installations.

Matmut Atlantique, renamed “the Bordeaux stadium” for the Olympics [comme lors de précédents événements sportifs, afin d’éviter l’emploi du « naming », NDLR], has a capacity of more than 40,000 spectators and is one of the 120 sites at which Orange operates. “For us, this is a real technological challenge, it is the first time that an operator is the only one in charge of all these activities. For example, at the Tokyo Olympics, there were five. There, we take care of the full spectrum of connectivity,” shares the regional delegate.

Reinforcement and new features

To remedy the demand on the network which is likely to be significant, the 5G coverage has been completely redesigned with the Rugby World Cup in 2023 as a “trial run”. At the time of the events, this will be further reinforced by a mobile antenna installed around the stadium, “a technological feat which makes it possible to provide very wide 4G and 5G coverage”. A technology already tested and approved during events, such as the Garorock festival or the Francofolies.

Wi-Fi 6 will also be available to partners and the press and will allow them to use connectivity without using the mobile network. In total, 4 kilometers of fiber will be pulled, in addition to the 7 existing kilometers on the stadium site.

The Games will also be an opportunity to inaugurate “push to talk”, a new technology made available to organization, rescue and security. This “modern walkie-talkie” will allow all staff to communicate on the installations.

Fear of the black screen

“It is a technological challenge, but also a human adventure which represents 1,000 technicians on the national territory and more than 500 volunteers in addition,” shares Philippe Arnoud. At Matmut Atlantique, there are 12 full-time technicians.

“It’s only once in a career,” concedes Pierre, manager of the Orange teams at the Bordeaux stadium site. “Our biggest challenge is success. The most important thing for us is not to have any cuts and to avoid the slightest millisecond of black screen on an image feedback, he fears before reassuring himself, but everything has been structured to avoid this so, we shouldn’t have to experience it. »

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