To the people of Monaco, the Monte Carlo F1 Grand Prix isn’t just another race; it’s actually a substantial contributor to the city-state’s GDP. Roughly 37,000 people normally reside in the two-square-kilometer enclave, but when Formula One comes to town, that number increases sixfold. Network coverage is Monaco is challenging even in the best of times, with mountains on three sides and a harbor full of yachts on the other. But during race week, the local infrastructure is a whole other level of busy.
During a major event, like a sporting match or festival, network overload not only reduces upload & download speeds, but “signaling storms” can even prevent regular phone calls from getting through. This is not a situation you want to have for an event like the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, where many of the attendees will be global media or jet setters. Incumbent operator Monaco Telecom turned to Huawei to assure that its network kept humming for VIP and backpacker alike during the big event. Huawei responded with its Key Event Assurance Service.