Aruba, a company of HPE, will deploy a programmable edge-to-cloud solution to offer seamless connectivity across the headquarters, the technical operations centre and other venues of the event


The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from 28 July until 8 August 2022. (Credit: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP)

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company, has secured a contract to provide network infrastructure to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will help connect the event’s staff, volunteers, and athletes.

HPE said that Aruba’s networking technology will offer seamless connectivity across the headquarters, the technical operations centre and other venues.

Birmingham 2022 chief information officer Adrian Corcoran said: “It is fantastic to have Aruba join us as our Official Venue Network Infrastructure Supporter for Birmingham 2022.

“Aruba, using their expertise as part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, are the ideal company to provide a complex and flexible network connection, enabling a seamless experience for our workforce, volunteers and athletes.

“This is such an integral part of Birmingham 2022 and we’re confident Aruba will help us bring the Games to life. Aruba is fully aligned with our sustainability pledge and it’s wonderful to know the company will be working locally to ensure we leave a digital legacy behind.”

As part of the contract, Aruba will deploy a programmable edge-to-cloud solution, leveraging Wi-Fi 6 and 6E.

Also, the solution will deliver artificial intelligence (AI)-driven security and management in the cloud through Aruba Central to connect, protect, analyse events and requests that comes across the network.

HPE said that this will enable IT teams to identify potential threats before they have a chance to affect the games.

The company will work with local authorities and Birmingham 2022 to ensure that on-site equipment is made available to the community once the event is completed.

HPE UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa senior vice president and managing director Marc Waters said: “At any major sporting event, experience is everything. Fundamental to this is the secure connectivity that empowers collaboration for the events team and enables the media to reach a global audience.

“The challenge of implementing the networking infrastructure, services and software that meet the unique and demanding requirements of the Games is significant.

“Our experienced services team and edge-to-cloud platform deliver against these needs with automation, management and flexibility embedded, leaving the events team to focus on delivering an exceptional Games.”

About 4,500 athletes from 72 countries and territories will participate in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. They will compete in 19 sports and eight para-sports.