Fulham Football Club
Fulham Football Club, based in Fulham, Southwest London, was founded in 1879. Motspur Park was established as the Club’s permanent Training Ground in 1999 and in the period since it has grown into a state-of-the-art sporting facility and the central location for over 150 members of Fulham Football Club staff. APC Solutions first established its relationship with Fulham Football Club when it installed a high-speed link between its Craven Cottage Football Ground and the team shop on Fulham High Street. Due to the success of the first link, Fulham Football Club called on APC again to install a secondary link between its training ground in Motspur Park and its admin office which was located one kilometre away.
The two locations, although only one kilometre apart, were separated by a main line railway line, public housing and a public highway. Due to these factors a fibre fixed line solution was near impossible and had many obstacles and objectives to consider, these included the approval and road closure for digging up the public highway and the obstruction of a main line railway. These challenges would mean a fibre solution would be expensive and cause delays as approvals and planning would need to be gained from the local council prior to commencement of works. It is not unusual for planning approval, if granted to take 6-12months.
APC designed and deployed a solution that utilised the Motorola family of products. Using the Motorola Point to Point solution (PTP500 Lite), APC deployed a high-speed connection within a few days. The link delivered in excess of 52Mbps between the two locations ensuring a high speed, reliable link to transmit staff data and operate commercials. The current VPN link was unreliable and slow and hindered day-to-day business with frequent periods of downtime.
APC’s link ensured almost no downtime and with its comprehensive service level agreement in place, ensured almost a hundred per cent reliability for the club
Fulham Football Club has seen a considerable upturn in productivity since the installation of the link with files taking seconds to upload and send rather than pervious wait times of up to a few minutes.
The cost savings have also been impressive with return on investment (ROI) being delivered in just under 12months from the date of installation. Speaking about the installation Group Technical Director, Chris Lynch, comments: “We were delighted to work with Fulham Football Club for a second time. It is always highly flattering when a client returns to APC for a further project. It proves our solutions really do deliver the very best in connectivity and speed.”