Cloud-based Meraki dashboard provided full visibility of usage, threats, and user-traffic insights
Fast internet connection experienced by 30,000 users simultaneously
Designed and implemented a secure, reliable, easy-to-manage network infrastructure
Thousands of athletes from 11 countries in Southeast Asia convened in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019, for the biggest South East Asian Games (SEA Games) in history. To accommodate the event, NGAC Phase 1 Joint Venture, a partnership between Bases Conversion Development Authority and MTD Philippines, Inc., had only 18 months to build a smart city—from the ground up.
As construction firm MTD raced to develop what was named “New Clark City (NCC),” Cisco and partner Trends & Technologies were tapped to design the perfect network infrastructure and set it up in less than two months. The SEA Games’ success and the overall user experience relied on connectivity, especially with e-games among the medal events for the first time.
Internet connectivity had to be provided for approximately 30,000 athletes, spectators, organizers, and media. The high density of users concentrated within the venue, and the anticipated use of bandwidth-intensive applications and communications, required a well-architected network infrastructure and the ability to optimize network traffic, providing speed, stability, and security. A dedicated team installed over 1,200 Cisco Meraki access points in various areas throughout the city. The NCC development for the SEA Games spans more than 36 square miles, including an aquatics center, athletic stadium, river parks, and commercial centers—all of which had to be covered by the wireless network.
During the SEA Games, everyone in New Clark City was able to enjoy high-speed internet. Media outlets and fans were able to stream the events as they happened. Simultaneous events were aired and people were able to watch from the comfort of their homes all over the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia. It was truly a world-class network.
We chose Cisco for the simple fact that they can provide an infrastructure network that is reliable and secure. Basically, they were the only ones who could deploy in our impossible timeline.