CEO Weekends:South Africa’s Ellis Park Stadium Becomes Country’s First Stadium With Free Wi-Fi



South Africa’s Ellis Park Stadium is the first Wi-Fi enabled in the country after a partnership deal by WirelessG (G-Connect), an internet provider and the South African Golden Lions Rugby Union in preparation for this weekend’s rugby contest between the South African Springboks and New Zealand’s All Blacks.

Manie Booysen, Golden Lions Rugby Union CEO, thrilled said: “We thank WirelessG for their efforts and for setting up this partnership with us. We sincerely hope the spectators, media and staff will enjoy this unique service.”

Spectators only will need to enable Wi-Fi on their devices, connect to the Wi-Fi network named “G-Connect” and open their internet browsers. A landing page interface will then be introduced from which the free G-Connect Wi-Fi service can be accessed.

The G-Connect will sponsor free Wi-Fi connectivity to all main-stand spectators for this coming Saturday’s rugby Test. WirelessG promises to expand this new initiative to other stadiums throughout South Africa. The connection will have a 10 Gigabits per second network capacity. It is also expected to ease network congestion during matches.

“This new G-Connect Wi-Fi innovation will not only provide connectivity relief in high congestion sport stadiums that have become unbearable for South African mobile and broadband users, but will change the way real time sport entertainment is offered in this country,”comments Carel van der Merwe, Wi-Fi entrepreneur and CEO of WirelessG.

WirelessG launched G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi  less than 17 months ago, the deployment of the Wi-Fi hotspot at Ellis Park Stadium can be regarded as WirelessG`s  second first for South Africa. This clearly distinguishes WirelessG as the leading Wi-Fi specialist in South Africa.