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CASE STUDY

The Africa Cup of Nations ( AFCON ) is the most prominent international football tournament on the African continent . The tournament is a celebrated event that attracts over 65 million viewers from all over the world . Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé , built in 2018 , with a capacity of 60,000 , served as the main venue for the opening ceremony as well as the final matches of the tournament for this year ’ s football showpiece .

Challenges
African nations are becoming increasingly social media savvy and rely more on it to capture and share experiences . This calls for increased coverage and bandwidth throughout for every subscriber . Mobile operators face a further challenge : the inability of traditional macro systems to provide adequate mobile coverage and connectivity in large public venues such as stadiums due to poor signal penetration , as well as the concentration of thousands of mobile subscribers .
“ Being the title sponsor of AFCON 2022 , Orange wanted everyone to have the best possible experience at AFCON designated main Stadiums by giving them near-perfect coverage to share event experiences in real time on social networks ,” said Abdallah Nassar , Chief Engineering and Network Officer at Orange Cameroon . The experience would not be limited to Orange subscribers , but would also include spectators subscribed to other service providers , the media , and a multitude of organisers involved in the event . To achieve this , Orange would need to provide the best coverage and bandwidth speeds on par with global standards .
Orange Cameroon needed to collaborate with industry leaders and providers in mobile and large venue coverage space , and , with the short timeframe available , picking the right partner was critical to the

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