Manchester Central invests to speed up its Wi-Fi five-fold

Manchester Central has upgraded its Wi-Fi capabilities to increase hosting capacity up to five times in some meeting spaces.

The venue claims every Wi-Fi access point within the 23,000sqm venue has been upgraded and management tells CN capacities in the Exchange, Charter and Cobden suites has risen from 100 to 500 devices per room, allowing more people to access free Wi-Fi at a speed of up to 5mbps.

The Wi-Fi advancement will be followed by more investment in internal IT facilities, as well as improvements to the venue’s digital signage.

Angie Robinson, CEO at Manchester Central, said: “We are absolutely committed to the success of our events as well as continually developing our services and facilities, which this investment demonstrates. While the range of events we attract continues to grow, we must ensure that we have the capacity to meet our clients’ requirements, with Wi-Fi often being at the top of their list.”

Robinson also promised “many more developments coming down the line”.

Ian Walton, territory manager at Ruckus Wireless (suppliers of the venue’s new equipment), said: “We are pleased to have worked with Manchester Central to deliver one of the first Wave 2 .ac wireless deployments in a major UK conference and events venue. The new network sets the standard for reliable, high-density, high-performance Wi-Fi in a busy environment.”

The upgrade comes ahead of a run of some of the venue’s biggest events, set to welcome around 70,000 visitors throughout the next few months.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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