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Extreme Networks and IMG Form Strategic Partnership to Deliver Enhanced Fan Experience to Universities, Stadiums and Arenas
Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 02:12:47 PM

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Extreme's High Density Wi-Fi Solutions to Let Fans Follow the Action and Reveal Their Exciting Sports Experiences

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), today announced a strategic partnership with IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion and media. Extreme Networks will offer best-in-class Wi-Fi connectivity to IMG affiliated universities featuring the Company's IdentiFi high density Wi-Fi.

IMG, which represents more than 90 collegiate institutions, including leading universities, conferences, associations and venues, sought a networking company to help provide a best-in-class network infrastructure that is consistent with networking solutions recently implemented for professional sports' teams and their stadiums. As the Official Wi-Fi Provider of IMG College, the partnership with IMG follows Extreme Networks' momentum over the last year, having also been named the Official Wi-Fi Provider of the NFL.

Extreme's high performance Wi-Fi networks will be deployed to enable thousands of fans to access networks from their seats and common areas of sports facilities. Extreme Networks and IMG will follow the successful deployment of IdentiFi Wi-Fi solutions at Baylor University's new McLane Stadium, where thousands of fans enjoy seamless connectivity on Saturdays, using their phones and Internet devices for customized "In Game" applications, watch video replays and interact on their favorite social media, where they can upload videos, tweets and photos as part of the game-day fun.

Key Facts

  • Extreme Networks has already deployed its stadium and arena Wi-Fi for "Power 5" schools, including the University of Maryland and IMG client Baylor University.
  • The Extreme Wi-Fi system is designed to support high density requirements, including high-speed connections for streaming content and uploading photos, providing support of social engagements, supporting of in-venue mobile application delivery for value added services and promoting efficient delivery of multicast video with unicast-like performance and reliability.

Executive Perspectives

Andrew Judelson, Senior Vice President of U.S. Business Development, IMG

"As athletics and technology converge, our strategic partnership with Extreme Networks will help IMG enhance fans' game-day experience, which adds value to our university and brand partners. We're eager to bring Extreme's technology and know-how to our schools as they strive to deliver in-stadium Wi-Fi experiences that allow fans to follow the games just as they would at home. This makes for a great way to integrate athletics and technology."

Norman Rice, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Extreme Networks

"Our strategic partnership with IMG means that top universities can deliver a best-in-class wireless experience to fans and alumni for a variety of stadiums and arenas, where high quality Wi-Fi connections are becoming the expectation. We look forward to leveraging the media assets and capabilities of IMG-WME to transform the way universities engage with students, vendors, fans, and alumni."

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