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Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the global technology solution company, has been appointed the Official Venue Network Infrastructure Supporter for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Following a competitive tender process, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, will provide advanced network infrastructure across the entire execution of the Games to help make it more connected, more inclusive, and more engaging than ever before.

As one of the largest sporting events in the world, the Commonwealth Games will bring together thousands of athletes, staff and volunteers across competition and non-competition venues, all of whom will require a flexible, fast and secure network experience.

Aruba’s advanced networking technology will enable smooth execution for the staff and volunteer workforce behind the delivery of the Games, allowing connectivity across the Games headquarters, the Technical Operations Centre and all other venues.

Beyond the Games, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is committed to leaving behind a legacy of digital sustainability in the West Midlands region and as will work with local authorities and Birmingham 2022 to ensure that on-site equipment is made available to the community at the conclusion of the Games.

“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 athletes and events team to focus on the joy that comes from sporting excellence.” said Marc Waters, senior vice president and managing director UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa, HPE.

Adrian Corcoran, Chief Information Officer at Birmingham 2022, 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.”

Commonwealth Games Federation Executive Director Martin Reynolds said: “We are delighted to partner with Aruba and the wider team at Hewlett Packard Enterprise for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.They will play a critical role in ensuring that the Games are more connected and engaging than ever, ensuring an unrivalled experience for athletes that will last a lifetime.”

“HPE has a long and proud heritage of connecting international sporting fixtures, which positions us perfectly to support Birmingham 2022, one of the most prestigious sport events in the world and paves the way for a legacy of providing sporting event solutions as a service,” said Phil Mottram, president, Intelligent Edge, HPE. “Over the course of our partnership, we are looking forward to partnering with the teams responsible for the delivery of the Games to standardize event connectivity, speed up the delivery of future competitions and ensure a more secure, consistent and engaging experience for athletes, workforce, volunteers, Technical Officials, Games Family and broadcast and media alike.”

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will see around 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories compete in 19 sports and eight para-sports across 14 competition venues from 28 July until 8 August 2022. As the biggest event ever to be held in the West Midlands, it is expected to attract more than one million spectators to the city and have a global TV audience of 1.5 billion.

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